New College faculty train area teachers

Public school teachers aboard New College's research boat during a one-day workshops for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) K-12 educators led by Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist.
Public school teachers aboard New College’s research boat during a one-day workshop for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics K-12 educators led by Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist.

Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist will lead three one-day workshops at New College for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics K-12 educators in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Gilchrist received a $5,869 grant from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to fund the workshops, which can accommodate 15 teachers during each session.

“Each workshop is designed to engage the teachers in connecting impacts of humans on the environment,” said Gilchrist, “and the impact of the environment on humans.”

The grant also provides funding for two students to participate in the project. In addition to helping with field and lab preparations, the students will prepare digital resources the teachers can take with them and incorporate into their curricula.

“As in the past,” explained Gilchrist, “we will continue to use several resources from NOAA … resources from the National Institutes of Health Oceans and Human Health Initiative, VIMS Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center, and PBS Learning Media, among others. Materials for the workshops will be from free resources available online or available from agencies.”

Gilchrist has partnered with the estuary program to host similar workshops in the past and is incorporating feedback from those sessions into the upcoming programs. Teachers indicated they want to incorporate mobile applications into their classrooms, and Gilchrist is showing them how they can create their own apps or use existing ones to supplement their lessons.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre bay front campus is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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