• Community Science Teacher Education Workshop

    Register HERE for VCE’s Community Science Teacher Education Workshop

    Join us from July 19th through the 22nd for VCE’s first Community Science Teacher Education Workshop. This program is intended to engage high school science teachers in inquiry-based exercises that incorporate both data collection and analysis. Throughout the four-day long program, participants will receive a primer on the Upper Valley’s ecology, gain confidence incorporating field methods into their curriculum, work with open access data, and discuss both planning and conducting community science studies. Participants will also explore VCE’s research programs and learn ways in which their classes can contribute to our existing community science initiatives.  Thanks to our funders, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Wellborn Ecology Fund and Hypertherm’s Hope Foundation, we will be able to provide a $150 stipend to participants. Continuing education credit are also available for participants of this workshop. Participation is limited to 12 educators on a first come first served basis.

    For more information contact Ryan Rebozo –

    See our program press release here

    Review our agenda here

     

    Meet the workshop facilitators

    Ron Smith is a science educator, naturalist and community science project leader from Merchantville, NJ. With over 25 years of Project, Place and Problem Based Learning experience, Ron leads Community Science adventures for children and adults alike. Collaborating with various conservation organizations and scientists from universities and state agencies, Ron has initiated community science projects ranging from Horseshoe Crab Rescues to Frog Surveys.

    With Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Ron established the Life Science Field Training Institute, a week-long program that trains teachers on field study techniques. He is the Director of the Drexel University Environmental Science Leadership Academy for high school students, a program that brings together students from across the country to study field-based environmental science in preparation for university study and professional careers in science. Ron is thrilled to partner with Dr. Ryan Rebozo and VCE to bring this community science workshop to Vermont and share field experiences and program building with educators from New England (a place near and dear to his heart).

    When not in the field chasing frogs, counting shorebirds or searching for freshwater mussels, Ron enjoys hiking, gardening, playing the fiddle and sharing all adventures with his wife, Lisa and their two children Lily and Gabriel.

    Ryan Rebozo joined VCE in 2021 after serving as the Director of Conservation Science for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in New Jersey. He completed his PhD at Drexel University in 2015 and received his BS in ecology from Rutgers University in 2010. Ryan is an ecologist whose interests include disturbance ecology, plant-insect interactions, mycology, and rare plant demography. He has experience teaching at Jefferson and Stockton Universities as well as leading field based teacher education workshops for Princeton Universities QUEST program.  Ryan has worked with Ron Smith on the Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Life Science Field Training Institute and looks forward to bringing a new offering to science educators in VT and NH.

    Ryan lives in Bradford, Vermont where he enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring his new home state.