Welcome to AIRIE-FCE STEAM Professional Development for Elementary and Middle School teachers.

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 AIRIE-FCE STEAM PD.  Priority will be given to STEAM Teams that consist of at least:  one Math/Science teacher AND an Art teacher from the same school.  

Once applicants/teams have been selected, you will be notified by email and instructed to sign up through the MDCPS Portal.  

PD Description/Introduction:  
AIRIE’s Summer Everglades Teacher Development Workshop Series has been created to fill a void in the understanding of the natural wetlands of South Florida and the challenges faced.  Presenting three full day workshops led by FIU professors and AIRIE Fellows for Miami-Dade Public School teachers.  The series will focus on central elements that play a critical role in the  makeup of the Florida Everglades; Water, Habitat, Man and Community.   Environmental and scientific concepts will be taught in the morning followed by an artist led activity in the afternoon.  Teachers will be instructed on how to use the information and skills given to communicate the story of the Everglades. They will also be directed on how to engage their students through the tool of social media.  On alternate dates an airboat tour of Conservation Area 3A with Love the Everglades will be available to all participants and will count as additional professional development points.  

ARIE’s Teacher Development Workshop Series will take place on November 18, December 2, and December 9, 2017 from 9AM - 3:30PM in the AIRIE NEST, located at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in the Everglades National Park. 

All the habitats in the Everglades are defined by one key attribute: height. Even a slight difference in elevation can transform a sawgrass prairie into a cypress swamp, or a mangrove forest into a slough. Each of these habitats provides a home for different species and how each is being challenged by climate change.  We will be discussing not only the differences between the Florida Everglades various habitats but also introduce students to the danger of invasive species and how they become a threat to the natural balance of things.

Teachers will learn to use sculpture as a means of demonstrating how elevation differentiates habitat and how sea level rise threatens to drown many Everglades habitats.

The history of the Everglades is one written by man.  It was the words of land speculators which promised a subtropical Eden that drew millions of farmers to Florida to settle.  Followed were the  words of the founding mother of Miami,  Julia Tuttle that brought the railroad to Miami, and ultimately it was Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who used her words to preserve the Everglades for future generations. We will discuss the effects we as a growing population have had on the Everglades and how we can help.

As we work to restore the Glades,  teachers will learn to guide their students in articulating the challenges of this fragile and unique wilderness through poetry led by Airie Fellows.

The Florida Everglades provisions filtered water to Miami-Dade County through a completely natural method called ecosystem service.  Water travels from Lake Okeechobee down through the Everglades where it slowly flows over porous limestone and is filtered.  In this workshop we will be taking a closer look at the waters course through South Florida and the challenges it’s facing. 

To complement the lesson an AIRIE Fellow will direct a watercolor workshop which will touch on painting and theory to demonstrate to students concepts like flow, permeation and how salt infiltration can contaminate South Florida’s on