Teacher Development Workshops

SBEP sponsors professional development workshops for K-12 teachers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The full-day workshops are offered three times a year by Sandra L. Gilchrist, Ph.D., Chair of the Natural Sciences Department at New College of Florida. The focus of the workshops is to improve teaching skills and the understanding of science while empowering teachers to use modern techniques and pedagogy. Recent workshops have covered data visualization, quantitative literacy, and digital tools.

Workshops run a full-day on Saturdays, thereby offering teachers the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Contact us for more information about the workshops.

Sample Curriculum from 2016-2017 Teacher Workshops:

Workshop I: Introduction to Coastal Resiliency

  • Water quality testing
  • Microplastics
  • First Nation and early settler use of coastal habitats
  • Coastal erosion
  • Storm water control and Low Impact Development (LID)

Workshop II: Endangered Coastlines

  • Pollution: hands on experiments including microbes, harmful algal blooms, sound and light pollution, and identifying non-source pollution sources
  • Sea level rise
  • Fire ecology and coastal hammocks
  • Birds, insects, and fossils of beaches and marshes
  • Impacts of animal invaders

Workshop III: Waves and Currents

  • Beach dynamics, flora, and fauna
  • Wetland visit - native and invasive wetland plants
  • Simple separation of sand and observation of particles
  • Introduction to simulations and use of online data
  • Mapping surface currents with GIS
  • Weather and climate
  • Plankton sampling

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to restoring the area's greatest natural asset - Sarasota Bay. We offer special thanks to our partners: Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District.