Collaborative Curriculum Design Workshops
Sep. 29-30, 2023
**CANCELED** Update to come
Collaborative Curriculum Design for Authentic STEM Education
The University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences is pleased to offer a workshop series for 9th-12th grade STEM and Agriculture teachers focused on interdisciplinary science topics. The Collaborative Curriculum Design for Authentic STEM Education (CCDASE) will help you re-work classroom lessons to incorporate science and agricultural research that is contemporary and relevant to your local context with an equity teaching focus to increase access for all learners. The instruction time will total 24 education hours.
The first workshop in the series will take place Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, FL. Our focus will be on the cattle industry as we dive into research to increase productivity while being mindful of environmental impacts from forage and greenhouse gases.
Please enter any accommodation needs on the final registration page. Please send questions or additional requests to Lauren Keiser or Katie Stofer at the contact information in the upper left of this page.
What does the workshop look like?
The Collaborative Curriculum Design for Authentic STEM Education (CCDASE) workshop has three parts:
- A virtual, asynchronous, 6-hour component on Facilitating STEM for All Learners, completed through UF Canvas before September 29, 2023**.
- A synchronous, in-person (Marianna, FL at UF’s North Florida Research and Education Center) evening and weekend session, Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, 2023 (10 hours total) focusing on discussions of goals, collaboration with scientists and education researchers and fellow teachers, lab tours, and presentations of research content. See detailed tentative agenda below.
- Choice of at least 2 synchronous virtual sessions focused on re-designing a course component (8 hours total). These dates will be determined by participants but held weekday evenings and/or weekends in October 2023.
**The virtual asynchronous course is available now and is open to all teachers worldwide regardless of application to or acceptance to CCDASE workshop. Please access the course here: Facilitating STEM for All Learners - STEM Engagement (instructure.com)
How do I apply?
A brief registration form follows, simply requesting name and course and school district information. We anticipate it will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and requires no additional documentation such as principal approval (though we encourage you to make arrangements with your principal for needed approvals before applying).
Who should consider applying?
For the CCDASE workshop, we are prioritizing 9th-12th grade science, agriculture, and CTE teachers who work with diverse student populations in Alachua County, North Florida, and the NEFEC and PAEC regions. Teachers from Georgia and Alabama are welcome to submit a registration form as well. Middle school teachers are welcome to attend as well as space allows.
Costs covered and stipends offered:
- $75 for substitute teacher coverage (in summer, must be teaching summer courses to receive this reimbursement to the school)
- Heavy hors d’oeuvres for Friday evening, September 29; and Breakfast, lunch, coffee on Saturday, September 30, are included.
- Hotel room available (double occupancy) for the evening of Friday, September 29 (hotel stay not required)
- $500 stipend upon completion of all three components and research activities
In-person (Marianna, FL) portion tentative agenda:
Evening of Friday, September 29, 2023
Arrive Hampton Inn Marianna I-10 hotel after 3pm (*Please note: This workshop is in the Central Time Zone.)
Evening events will take place at the Jackson County Extension office, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448
6:00-9:30pm: Evening welcome reception and introduction to the workshop
Discussion of facilitating STEM teaching for all
Setting goals for re-designed lessons with teaching for all and authentic STEM focus
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel and store or bring luggage
Saturday events will take place at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 3925 Hwy 71, Marianna, FL 32446
8:00am – 5:00pm
- Content presentations on productivity and sustainability in the beef industry -- livestock research to increase productivity while being mindful of environmental impacts from forage and greenhouse gases
- Tours of research facilities
- Content presentations on authentic STEM lesson planning
- Initial collaborations on lesson re-design and sharing of initial plans
- Introduction to the virtual follow-up sessions and presentations of original ideas
- Wrap-up and depart
Virtual follow-up sessions (Dates and times in October 2023, TBD)
Continue the collaborative lesson re-design and feature interim and final presentations of re-designed lessons. Teachers will select at least two, 4-hour sessions (tentatively) to attend to work virtually with STEM professionals with expertise in invasive species content, UF Education experts, and fellow teachers to re-design their lessons to feature authentic, local, and contemporary science content. Virtual sessions will take place in October 2023.
After completion of the workshop, teachers will receive certification of their completion and, if interested, may be invited to share their lesson at upcoming workshops with fellow teachers as an example of lessons on authentic STEM learning for all students. These workshops will be planned for later 2023 and 2024.
What if I have more questions?
For questions, please see contacts in the upper left of this form. We encourage applications by Friday, September 8 and will notify applicants of their acceptance by Tuesday, September 12. If we have not met a minimum number by Friday, September 15, we will reschedule and reserve applications for a later workshop date.
CCDASE workshop hosts:
Dr. Katie Stofer, lead STEM Education expert, UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
Dr. Heather Kent, co-lead STEM Education expert, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized 4-H Agent IV/ Northwest District
Dr. Julie Bokor, co-lead STEM Education expert
Science and Agriculture Researchers:
Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, Assistant Professor in Animal Sciences at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. His primary research and extension interests are in beef cattle nutrition, with the objective of improving the efficiency of use of forages minimizing the environmental impact.
Dr. Jose Dubeux, Professor in Agronomy at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. His research focuses on sustainable forage production to support livestock.
Dr. Liza Garcia-Jimenez, Research Coordinator for Animal Sciences at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Her primary research focuses on Ecosystem services provided by contrasting grazing systems in North Florida.
Dr. Angela Gonella Diaza, Assistant Professor in Animal Sciences at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Her research focuses on biotechnology and cattle reproduction.