Teacher Professional Development at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • July 23–27, 2018

  • Follow-up Sessions:
    September 29, 2018; January 12, 2019; and April 6, 2019

Registration is now closed. 

About the Institute

Explore the habitats in our own backyard: the rocky shore, schoolyard, sandy shore and slough! With colleagues and experts, you'll focus on the patterns of survival in different habitats and examine ways to inspire conservation of the ocean during this year-long institute. Implement new teaching strategies and hands-on activities while sharing ideas about connecting science notebooks, language arts, inquiry and technology. Special attention will be given to the development of science discourse in the classroom.
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Collaborate with Colleagues
Discover New Teaching Strategies
Engage with Scientists and Experts
Explore Local Field Sites
Go Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium
Incorporate Technology
Integrate Inquiry-Based Curriculum
Support Common Core State Standards
Support Next Generation Science Standards



Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Teams of full-time Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade teachers
  • Have an administrator from each school or district complete the Administrator's Letter in support of your team
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement the curriculum with your students and share your efforts with institute participants
  • Lead an in-service or action project at your school site or district
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community
  • Stipend: $100 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • Credit: Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay

Related Classroom Activities:

Alena Dooner

Meet the Lead Instructor

Alena Dooner
Education Specialist II
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"This week went above and beyond my expectations. Field trips and labs were extremely engaging. Every activity was well thought out and planned. I am extremely excited to start these labs and writing lessons in my class."

- Past participant, 2nd grade teacher

Educator Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone: (831) 648-4862
Fax: (831) 647-4526