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Evaluating 10 years of Teachers Getting Muddy in an Estuary

Posted on: 02/07/2019
Research Area(s): Internships / General

Summary / Description

The intern will work with the Reserve Education Coordinator to plan, prepare for, teach, and evaluate the Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) course the last week in June, 2019 entitled “Teachers on the Estuary and the Wampanoag Circle of Life” in collaboration with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe Indian Education Department. They will also gather data to document any impacts of the TOTE program since its inception at Waquoit Bay Reserve in 2009, analyze data, and write a summary report. As part of the 10 year anniversary, they will help organize a ten-year reunion event for past TOTE teachers that includes a sail on a Sea Education Association vessel.

TOTE is a National Estuarine Research Reserve System program that offers field-based teacher professional development at the Research Reserves in support of watershed and estuarine education. All TOTE programs incorporate common elements such as general estuarine and watershed information and training on NOAA/NERRS national education initiatives. For more information on the TOTE program, check the NOAA Estuary Eduction website or the Waquoit Bay NERR website.

This particular TOTE workshop will be targeted at teachers of grades 3-5. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach, coining the acronym STREAMSS (Science Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Social Studies). Most of the past TOTE workshops, which will be included in the impacts project, focused on middle and high school teachers.

The successful applicant may take part in other summer activities at the Reserve including environmental education programs, special events and field research as well as events sponsored by the Wampanoag tribe, as time permits.

As a result of this experience the intern will learn about coastal ecology, and current watershed issues in the NERRS (National Estuarine Research Reserve System). They will learn about and experience Wampanoag culture and history and the long standing connections to estuaries that local members of the tribe have. The intern will meet researchers, and STEM educators in a variety of fields, and learn about different career paths in coastal science and education. The intern will gain experience gathering, analyzing, and communicating about data.
As time and intern interest permits, intern will gain experience in other coastal education and field research techniques.

We may be able provide housing in the Reserve’s dorm if needed. Please inquire when applying.

Skills Required

  1. Suitable for graduate or undergraduate students
  2. Working knowledge of estuaries and watersheds and the NGSS science and engineering standards
  3. Experience teaching about watersheds and estuaries to a variety of age groups in classroom and outdoor settings
  4. Comfortable with use of social media, computer graphic design, use of spreadsheets, and accessing on-line data
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  6. Degree or working towards degree in education and/or science preferred


Waquoit, Massachusetts

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Joan Muller
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