Category: Teacher Education

10th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium

AgassizStudents, Teachers Gather at Tech to Learn about Lake Superior

More than 200 teachers and students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario are coming to Michigan Technological University this week for the 10th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium. Students and teachers from 26 schools in three Great Lakes states and Canada will spend four days at the symposium, Thursday to Sunday, May 16-19.

The Lake Superior Youth Symposium is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science and Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. Funding comes from NOAA, Earth Force, the Keweenaw Community Foundation, Upper Peninsula Environmental Council, Superior Watershed Partnership, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Copper Country Trout Unlimited, Copper Country Audubon Club and Dale Nichols.

For a schedule of activities and other information, contact Joan Chadde, or 906-487-3341, or access the schedule and program booklet online:

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

Youth symposium highlights Great Lakes stewardship, research

Attendees participate in hands-on workshops, challenge courses and art and music programs that highlight careers aimed at protecting the Great Lakes. Participants visit streams, lakes and forests. They kayak, hike, rock climb and tour mines.

The symposium is for grades 8-12 students and teachers in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.

Read more at Great Lakes Echo, by James Dau.

Students get hands-on experience with nature

Samantha Reynolds traveled all the way from Harper Middle School near Detroit to Michigan Tech to learn more about nature.

It’s all part of the Lake Superior Youth Symposium: a gathering of more than 200 students from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada, learning about wildlife.

Read more and watch the video at Upper Michigans Source, by Sarah Blakely.

Tech hosts symposium designed to get kids thinking about Superior

“Nobody says you must have a Lake Superior Youth Symposium. We just do it because we love it,” said Joan Chadde, education/outreach program coordinator for Tech’s Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, during Thursday’s opening ceremony in Fisher Hall. “We love Lake Superior, we love the Great Lakes and we want you to love it, too. We know by creating an experience like this we’re hoping you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Green Film May 9

Green Film Series2013 Green Film Series: Issues and Dialogue
Chasing Ice (76 min.)–7 p.m., Thursday, May 9, last film for spring 2013.

Location: Fisher 135–New Location
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.; enjoy coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion
Cost: FREE
Discussion Facilitator: Sarah Green, Chair, Dept. of Chemistry

We’ll host Green Lectures in the Fall and the 2014 Green Film Series will start in January 2014. Send suggestions for future films to Joan Chadde at

Chadde Conducts Transportation Teacher Workshop

Peter Savolainen
Peter Savolainen

Joan Chadde conducted a Transportation Teacher Workshop on ” Traffic Operations and Safety,” for two dozen Detroit Public School Teachers on April 20 in collaboration with Tech CEE graduate Peter Savolainen, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, at Wayne State University. This is a 3-part workshop series funded by the University of Wisconsin Madison Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education.

From Tech Today.

Lake Superior Day Celebration Tuesday at GLRC

Joe ReillyWhat makes our lake “Superior?” A contest on that theme, along with displays, music, local food tasting, birthday cake and lemonade are all part of the fun planned for the Lake Superior Day celebration at the Great Lakes Research Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

Sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative in honor of its 5th anniversary, Lake Superior Day will feature two performances by Joe Reilly, an Ann Arbor singer-songwriter who is making a special stop on his Upper Peninsula tour.

Isle Royale National Park, Students for Sustainability and Keweenaw Land Trust’s Hungarian Falls Project will have displays, and tastes of local foods will be provided by Algomah Acres Honey Farm, Wood’n Spoon, Organic Heirloom Plants, G and A Farmers Market & Garden, Hidden Acres Farm, Good Bread, Gierke Blueberry Farm and Cafe Rosetta.

Tours of the GLRC and its aquaponics lab will be offered.

Lake Superior Day is free and open to the campus and community.

From Tech Today.

Tech, local community celebrate Lake Superior

More than 250 students, teachers, parents and community members packed Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center Tuesday night for a celebration of Lake Superior.

“We are extremely pleased with the event and the terrific turnout by the community,” said Joan Chadde, education/outreach program coordinator for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Baltensperger Presents on the Forum BEVI Project

Forum On Education AbroadBrad Baltensperger (chair, CLS) was co-presenter, along with co-authors from Ohio State, Michigan State, James Madison U., and Tulsa U, of, “The Forum BEVI Project Working Group: Findings, Applications, and Recommendations from Five Years of Research and Practice,” at the annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, held in Chicago, April 3 to 5.

From Tech Today.

EPDIS Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS

EPDIS EngineeringThe Educators’ Professional Development Institute Series (EPDIS): Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS is focused to support and deepen teacher content knowledge and content pedagogy of practicing teachers. For more information, contact Lori Witting.

Summer 2013

  • Program Introduction
  • Summer Workshop
  • Summer Institute August 12 – 23, 2013

Fall 2013

Lesson Study Workshop

Spring 2014

STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry, and Assessment

Summer 2014

Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences

Up to 11 graduate credits