2021 Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)


Watershed Stewardship in Action: Deaf Students on the Estuary (WADE)

Target Audience: Teachers, teacher aides, and ASL interpreters at schools for students who are deaf

Where: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit/East Falmouth, MA 02536 and three virtual session.

What: ASL vocabulary and conceptual STEM training- classroom, field, and on-line activities and resources plus discussions on culturally-responsive teaching.
Why: To give your students a leg up in the STEM fields and make learning more fun for you and your students


Barbara Spiecker, Postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Santa Barbara,
Mandy Houghton, Principal Investigator, Quantum Science in ASL Project at The Learning Center for the Deaf,
Joan Muller, Education Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

What’s in it for you?

  • Improve your ability to explain STEM concepts in ASL.
  • Bring back engaging activities to use with your students (in both virtual and in-person classrooms)
  • Improve your own understanding of STEM concepts surrounding the coast.
  • Earn a $100 presenter's honorarium for presenting about what you implemented with your students as a result of the workshop.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to set up a virtual classroom visit with a STEM professional who is deaf.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to bring one class for a real or virtual field trip to the Reserve (transportation for an in-person field trip would need to be provided by the school).
  • You can apply for PDPs from your school administration.
  • Work towards a more culturally responsive classroom

 What we expect of you:

  • Attendance at all the sessions. In the event of an unavoidable absence (stuff happens, we know that) we plan to record the virtual sessions so you could watch the one you missed and e-mail us your reflections.
  • Do one asynchronous activity we provide and send it in a week before we begin the class as a diagnostic for Barbara and Mandy. Do the same activity after attending the learning sessions.
  • Implement ASL and NOAA watershed/estuary education resources with your students and share with the other participants at the November 8, 2021 virtual session.

Questions? Contact: Joan Muller, joan.muller@mass.gov

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