The EarthEcho Academy grounds environmental STEM (E-STEM) content in some of the biggest, most complex challenges facing our planet. Through the EarthEcho Academy continued professional learning courses, teachers have ready-to-use classroom resources that are accompanied by EarthEcho Academy workshops providing real-time professional support and a community of practice to provide strategies to develop students’ inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Current Course Offering: An Ocean of Opportunity
EarthEcho International invites teachers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia to join us for a virtual continuing professional development experience as we dive into An Ocean of Opportunity! Through this EarthEcho Academy professional development offering, teachers will better understand and be equipped with ready-to-use materials to instruct about the “blue” economy, ocean exploration, the ocean as a source of renewable energy and innovation, and ocean-based solutions to climate change.
EarthEcho is currently accepting applications for teachers based in the United States (grades 6-8) and the United Kingdom (years 7-9, KS3). Each cohort will take place between October 18 - November 15, 2023.
Applications for teachers located in Australia (years 6-8) will open in October, with the cohort taking place November 8 - December 6, 2023.
During the course, participating teachers will learn together as a community, both with self-paced, asynchronous assignments and with scheduled, synchronous Zoom sessions to come together for reflection. Participation in the four-week virtual course results in:
- A stipend for eligible teachers (see FAQs for eligibility criteria);
- A certificate of completion documenting 15 continued professional development credit hours;
- A suite of ready-to-use multimedia resources, including four interactive guides to topics in the Blue Economy, Ocean Renewable Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Biotechnology;
- Exclusive access to additional opportunities and resources that support exploration of environmental STEM (E-STEM) instruction including scholarship opportunities for national conferences like the Association for Science Education (ASE in the UK), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA in the US) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE in the US).
Educators around the globe are invited to join our Educator Echo community. Sign up today to receive monthly updates and opportunities to to build community (and capacity) with like-minded educators and share opportunities to protect and restore our ocean planet.
Feedback from our community of educators
“I have lots of ideas of how to incorporate what I have learned into mini lessons for units that I already teach, and the need to include more environmental justice lessons as well!”
-6th Grade Teacher; Fairfax, VA
“These ideas will fit perfectly into my existing curriculum.
-7th Grade Teacher; Miami, FL
“I was really impressed with the materials, I have written environmental education materials, I have worked as an environmental scientist, and I was really impressed with how meaningful the content is especially the environmental justice modules.”
-7th Grade Teacher; El Segundo, CA
“I just want more. More videos, more activities, more discussions. It was all so engaging I found myself not wanting to do anything else.”
-7th Grade Teacher; Fairfax, VA
“I was hoping to come away with engaging and informative curriculum and this more than surpassed that expectation.”
-7th Grade Teacher; El Segundo, CA