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Mentor Teacher Program

The Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher Program engages certified educators to share their successful strategies for implementing Long Island Sound into existing curricula with their peers in professional development workshops. All workshop lessons and activities designed for use in the classroom or field are aligned to the content standards of the Connecticut/New York Science Frameworks and/or the National Science Education Standards, in a format that can be easily implemented into existing curricula. The Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers plan interdisciplinary sessions that include a participant field component within the Long Island Sound watershed. All workshop participants receive a tote bag of resources, in addition to the workshop material presented.

Upcoming workshops:

Integrate Next Generation Science Standards and Long Island Sound into Your Curriculum! 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 8am-3pm (rain or shine)
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Past workshops:

Geo-science Outdoor Research Program 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 9am-3pm (rain or shine)
Stony Brook University’s Calverton Business Incubator in Calverton, NY followed by a site visit to Wildwood State Park in Wading River, NY

Long Island Sound: Past, Present, and Future 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 9am-3pm (rain or shine)
Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye, NY followed by a site visit to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Norwalk, CT

Long Island Sound Workshop 
Saturday, September 19, 2015 8am-3pm (rain or shine)
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Geo-science Outdoor Research Program 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 9am-3pm
Stony Brook University’s Calverton Business Incubator in Calverton, NY followed by a site visit to Wildwood State Park in Wading River, NY

Seine the Sound
Friday, September 26, 2014 8:45am-3:15pm (downpour will reschedule to Tuesday, September 30)
Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Marine Debris
Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Pelham Bay Park in Bronx, NY

Learning’s a Beach
Saturday, September 28, 2013 9am-3pm (rain date: September 29th)
West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook, NY

Seine the Sound
Monday, September 23, 2013 9am-3pm (rain or shine)
Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Awesome Estuaries
Saturday, September 21, 2013 9am-3pm (rain date: September 22nd)
Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, NY

Seine the Sound
Friday, September 21, 2012 (rain or shine)
Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Marsh Madness
Saturday, June 16, 2012 (rain or shine)
Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, NY

Teach at the Beach
Saturday, May 12, 2012 8am-3pm (rain date: May 19th)
Wading River Beach Club, Creek Road in Wading River, NY

Watershed Connection Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2011 8am–2pm (rain date: Sunday May 15)
Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown, NY

Seine the Sound
Friday, May 6, 2011 8:30am–3pm (Rain or Shine)
Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT

Wonders of the Wetlands Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 2011 9am–3pm (rain date: Sunday, May 1)
Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai, NY

Integrate Long Island Sound Into Your Curriculum 
Saturday, April 23, 2011 8am–3pm
Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT

Teach at the Beach, Sail on the Sound!
Saturday, May 21, 2010 8am–3pm (Rain or Shine)
Lighthouse Point Park/On-Board the Quinnipiack

BACKGROUND:

Connecticut Sea Grant developed the Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) program in 2002. Since then, high quality, creative, and respected teachers have been recruited to assist their peers in incorporating Long Island Sound content into curricula within the scope of the CT Science Frameworks. In 2010, the LISMT program was expanded to New York through New York Sea Grant. Since 2002, the 28 LISMT workshops in CT and NY have utilized 31 Mentor Teachers to reach 366 formal and informal K-12 educators, and through them, more than 17,500 students in over 65 Connecticut and 27 New York cities, towns, and regional school districts.

Mentor Teachers:

New York and Connecticut Sea Grant periodically seek pairs of teachers to serve as Mentor Teachers. With oversight from Sea Grant, each pair works together to plan a professional development session for their peers. There is funding for each pair to provide an outdoor component (shore or boat excursion) as part of the session. Each Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher receives a stipend and Long Island Sound resources for their classrooms. Please contact Diana Payne at diana.payne@uconn.edu (CT) or Amy Mandelbaum at acb328@cornell.edu (NY) for more details on how to apply to be a Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher.

The LIS Mentor Teacher Program engages certified educators to share their successful strategies for implementing Long Island Sound into existing curricula with their peers in professional development workshops. All workshop lessons and activities designed for use in the classroom or field are aligned to the content standards of the Connecticut/New York Science Frameworks and/or the National Science Education Standards, in a format that can be easily implemented into existing curricula.The LIS mentor teachers plan interdisciplinary sessions that include a participant field component within the Long Island Sound watershed.All workshop participants receive a tote bag of resources, in addition to the workshop material presented.

 Upcoming workshops:  The Wonders of WetlandsSat. April 30th, 9am-3pm (rain date: Sun May 1st)Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai, NY 
 
The Watershed Connection Sat. May 7th, 8am-2pm (rain date: Sun May 15th)
Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown, NY 
Since its inception in FY2002, the Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) program has consistently recruited high quality, creative and respected teachers to assist their peers in incorporating LIS content into curricula within the scope of the CT Science Frameworks. The 22 LISMT workshops have utilized 26 LISMT to reach 284 formal and informal K-12 educators, and through them, more than 12,600 students in over 58 Connecticut cities, towns and regional school districts. In 2010, the LISMT program was extended to New York with two workshops taking place Spring 2011. 
 New York and Connecticut Sea Grant is presently seeking teams of teachers from each of the following grade level subsets: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each grade level specific team will work together to plan a professional development session for their peers. There is funding for each team to provide an outdoor component (shore or boat excursion) as part of the session. Each Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) receives a stipend and lots of Long Island Sound (LIS) resources for you and your classroom! Please contact Diana Payne at diana.payne@uconn.edu (CT) or Larissa Graham at ljg85@cornell.edu (NY) for more details to apply to become an LISMT! 
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