Environmental studies students learn how to use various instruments to research the Cross Reservoir at the KU Field Station.

Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute June 5-7, 2023

Would you like to interact with ecological researchers, develop curriculum that links current research to NGSS standards, learn more about Kansas ecosystems, and work with other teachers across the state?

When: June 5-7 (can arrive evening of June 4th if traveling from out of town)

Where: University of Kansas Field Station, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044

Overview of the Program:

The Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute is an immersive program that empowers secondary teachers with learning experiences. The program has been redesigned in 2023 to meet the needs of middle school teachers. 

Through a variety of activities, participants will get the chance to:

  • explore outdoor spaces,
  • learn about Kansas ecosystems and other phenomena in science and engineering,
  • build connections with university professors,
  • strengthen your curriculum.
  • meet other teachers across the state,
  • Discuss topics including:
    • Differentiated instruction
    • Equity and inclusion
    • Self-care

Who Should Apply?

All middle school science teachers from across Kansas can apply. We aspire to train a diverse cohort each summer and welcome all applicants, including underrepresented minorities.  We review applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  

What to Expect?

You will learn in small groups based upon areas of interest. University researchers and facilitators will guide you. You will have the opportunity to consider ideas for NGSS-based lessons to take back to your classrooms. Other activities include lunch-and-learns, GIS mapping practice, a field trip to the Rockefeller Prairie, and lab and campus tours. Participants are expected to work in small groups to find ways to integrate this material into their classrooms. 

Will I Get Paid?

Yes! Participants earn a $500 stipend for actively engaging in the program. You will also get a travel allowance, and we provide housing for those participants who live more than an hour drive from the University of Kansas Biological Field Station. Additional funding will be provided to support classroom supplies.

You Belong Here!

This program is designed to support and inspire educators.  We value the work you do every day to teach your students. Our main goal is to provide an experience that will leave you feeling appreciated, refreshed, and retooled for your next academic year.  

Take it Farther

Opportunities exist to learn more and build on your enthusiasm for research.  Participating in this program could lead to a chance to engage in a longer project as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (NSF RET) initiative.

Applications are Due March 1


Email Peggy Schultz: pschultz@ku.edu