2023 Philadelphia Institute: Teaching Students to Evaluate Sources and Claims

Join us July 31-August 2, 2023 for a three-day Institute for middle and high school teachers. The Institute will explore and connect two types of curricular materials that deepen students' understanding of how to evaluate socioscientific issues, such as the climate crisis, energy use, and food security, using instructional scaffolds called Lateral Reading and Model-Evidence Link Diagrams.

We are looking for school-based pairs of teachers who have overlapping student populations to apply as a team. Our vision is to partner one science teacher (particularly in Earth or environmental sciences) with either a social studies or English language arts teacher so the same student population experiences both types of curricular materials. Solo applicants from any of the three content areas will also be considered.

There will be two pre-Institute webinars (May 1 and May 15, both 7-8 p.m. EDT) and a 3-day Institute July 31-August 2 at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, Philadelphia, PA. Complete participation in the webinars and the Institute will result in a stipend of $750 per teacher. Up to two additional webinars will be offered during the 2023-2024 school year for an additional $250 stipend. That is a total of $1,000 in stipend funding.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2023. Applicants will be notified of a decision by April 24.

Questions can be directed to mel2institutes@gmail.com. We hope to see your application soon!

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This institute is supported in part by the NSF under Grant Nos. DRL-2201012, DRL-2201013, DRL-2201015, DRP-2201016, DRL-2201017, and DRL-2201018. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the NSF's views.