GIS/T Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) PD

The GRACE Program is recruiting a cohort of secondary teachers (grades 8-12) to experience and then use GIS/T in their classrooms.  This experience begins with a workshop on July 16 & 17, 2015 at the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center in Allendale MI.   This workshop is the beginning of a two year commitment to the program.

What is GRACE?

GIS/T Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) is a model of purposeful applications of technology (geographic information system and technology (GIS/T) -based education for STEM careers in the workplace that enable youth to have opportunities for determining their own futures.   The attached flier describes the components of the program and benefits to teachers and students.

Becoming Part of the West MI Cohort:

  • Sign Up:  Go to http://nsfgrace.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.  On that page, click on “Join the Grace Project”, then “Teacher Application” on the next page.
  • Begin:  This opportunity begins with a two-day intensive professional development session to introduce the GIS/T educational experience at GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center on July 16 -17, 2015.
  • Continue:  Further experiences during 2015-2016 school year include attending  18 hours of blended PD (6 hours face-to-face and 12 hours online) during the school year to enhance the GIS/T educational experience and  attending 30 hours (5 days) of GIS/T workshop during Winter 2016 or a summer institute (5 days) during Summer 2016 to crystalize the GIS/T educational experience

What are the costs / benefits of becoming part of this program?

  • Cost: All costs for the professional development related to this program are covered by the NSF grant that funds this project.
  • Benefits: See the attached flier for a full list of benefits of the program for both teachers and students.  These benefits include stipends for the teachers involved.

The GRACE workshop organizers have asked that ALL interested grades 8-12 teachers complete the registration form on the flyer so they can create a database of interested teachers.  Even if you are unable to attend the workshop in July, they would like to be able to contact interested participants for future opportunities related to this grant.

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