This in-depth workshop series immersed high school teachers in the fascinating and highly relevant field of environmental and occupational health sciences. It was not intended to promote any particular curriculum, but rather to stimulate participants’ thinking, deepen their content knowledge, and promote creative scientific inquiry.
Our first cohort of 23 teachers from around Washington State completed the two-part workshop in May of 2011. Part 1 took place over three days in August of 2010, then the teachers returned to their classrooms and designed and implemented new units based on what they had learned. In May 2012, they returned for a follow-up session to share their successes with one another and UW faculty and staff. For the May session, the program provided support for travel, lodging, some meals, a modest stipend, and reimbursement for substitute teachers. Clock hours or UW credit were available upon completion of the workshop. The ATHENA pilot project was supported in part through a two-year, one-time award from the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
The 2010-11 Teacher's Guide is available for free! (View/Download the PDF, 1.43 MB).