Educational Outreach is committed to providing regional science teachers with high quality programs that enable them to refresh and extend their professional development. These programs assist educators in implementing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and in engaging ALL students with interesting, relevant, and meaningful science learning experiences. Areas of focus include: inquiry-based, hands-on learning incorporating the regional and national standards, successful mentoring, technology integration in the classroom, assessment, pedagogy, networking, equity and inclusion.
The Galveston Regional Collaborative consists of the following institutions: UTMB, Texas A & M at Galveston, Galveston College, Galveston Independent School District, and the College of the Mainland. These institutions all collaborate to provide 105 contact hours of professional development experiences for 25 K-12th grade teachers each year. The overall objective is to provide Galveston County science teachers with ongoing support systems of sustained and high intensity professional development to assist them in implementing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), through upgrading their knowledge of content and pedagogy to engage ALL students with interesting, relevant, experiential, and meaningful science learning experiences. Activities include:
Online virtual reality experience “Ocean Commotion”
A one week summer institute focused on constructivist methods of teaching, inquiry-based learning, FOSS and GEMS kits for each grade level, equity in the classroom, assessment methods, etc
Variety of marine biology related field trips and hands-on activities
Teacher job shadowing program.
These innovative workshops are provided to kindergarten-eighth grade science specialist teachers in the Galveston Independent School District every 6-8 weeks. They focus on inquiry-based, hands-on learning that incorporates the national and regional science standards. Session topics are coordinated with the upcoming 8 week school curriculum and cover a wide variety of science disciplines. Participants are provided with materials and kits to enable classroom implementation of the activities. The workshops, supplies, and kits are free of charge to participants.
This one-day event is held each year in the Fall to provide regional K-12th grade teachers with the opportunity to enhance all aspects of their professional development and network with other educators. For many area teachers, this is the only educational conference they are able to attend. Leading educational speakers are recruited at the National Science Teachers Association Conference and from across the USA to present workshops. The annual conference provides science teachers with the opportunity to share ideas and concepts regarding the constantly changing world of science. This forum enables educators to: Learn new hands-on, inquiry-based methods of teaching science concepts; receive free science activity handouts and materials; win free science education kits; obtain information about local enrichment programs and view leading edge resource materials and equipment offered by national science education exhibitors.
The SRT-STEM Center at UTMB offers workshops for educators.