Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute: Connecting Models and Evidence

Apply by March 31, 2018 to join us June 26-28th, 2018 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. The Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute will provide professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. For more information about the use of MEL diagrams in the classroom, visit This three-day institute is free and a stipend is provided! Applications are open to middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in the NJ-PA area. Those teaching Earth science content in their courses are also encouraged to apply. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15, 2018.


Thank you for applying to the Institute. Applications have now closed. You will be notified of your status by April 15, 2018. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Missy Holzer (

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This institute is supported in part by the NSF under Grant No. DRL-1721041. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the NSF's views.