UEI has developed and offers curriculum modules that include experiential, guided and open-ended inquiry-based, urban ecology field studies research projects for middle school and high school science teachers. These units fit into a wide range of academic subjects, including general science, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and environmental science. UEI curricula are designed to seamlessly connect with standard science content, with the goal to complement existing standards for teachers.
For educators teaching UEI's curriculum units and engaging their students in ecological field studies, UEI offers a variety of professional development opportunities to enhance content knowledge and pedagogical practice. Opportunities include monthly workshops, each with a unique focus, a two-week intensive summer institute, and an annual summit bringing together students, educators, and environmental professionals in a collaborative effort to explore the biological and social aspects of urban ecosystems. Further, UEI’s professional development network links teachers with their colleagues in the area who are also involved in urban ecology research with UEI.
Professional Development Opportunities