Beaver Island Institute

Science and ELA middle school teachers: Experience a unique, one-week (August 13 – 18, 2017) field experience at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island of Lake Michigan.

About the Beaver Island Institute experience

Working in pairs, this workshop is designed for science and ELA educators based in the same middle school (grades 6-8). Teachers will study ecosystems, technology, and strategies for integrating reading, writing, critical thinking into the classroom.

Participate in:

  • Individual and small group work
  • Field activities to promote discussion and collaboration
  • Science and literary activities
  • Collaborative, inquiry-based units identifying key standards from the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Literacy Standards, and ISTE NETS (technology) standards
  • A series of appropriate lessons, labs, and activities for the 2017-18 school year
  • Integrative teaching practices to integrate mobile technologies (smartphones and tablets, as well as apps) into teaching and as a learning tool for students


Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Charlevoix, MI, to ride the ferry to Beaver Island. All instructional costs, materials, and room and board on the island will be offered free of cost.

How to apply

Apply—in pairs or small groups—by completing this brief Google form. In addition to basic contact info and demographics, applicants will reply to the following in 500 words or less:

When and how, specifically, you will plan to work together toward integration in the 2016-17 school year? How your participation in this institute will help you meet shared goals for the integration of science and literacy standards?

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017. Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified by mid-April. SCECHs and graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

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