Thursday, July 8, 2010

Educators Chart Course for Great Lakes Curricula

From Wisconsin Sea Grant:

Milwaukee (7/7/2010) -- Two Sheboygan-area teachers are joining 13 others from around the Great Lakes region July 6-12 as part of an educational workshop cruising Lake Michigan aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) research vessel, R/V Lake Guardian. The group will conduct research alongside scientists while learning about ecological processes and lake systems. Their goal is to integrate current Great Lakes research into their curricula and programs.

"Understanding Great Lakes and ocean sciences is key to making informed decisions on coastal and ocean management and personal stewardship issues," said James Lubner, education coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, who co-leads the workshop. "COSEE Great Lakes is engaging educators, both formal and informal, in ways that will enable them to more effectively give their students a deeper understanding of our inland sea —the Great Lakes—and their influence on our quality of life and our national prosperity."

Philip Knier, a teacher at Riverview Academy in Sheboygan, and Mary Kultgen, who teaches at Lakeshore Technical College in Sheboygan, are the two Wisconsin educators participating in the workshop. Stephanie Crook, a high school teacher from Portage, Ind., is keeping a blog of daily activities aboard the 180-foot-long research vessel. The vessel is the only self-contained, nonpolluting vessel on the Great Lakes. Find Crook’s blog at

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