MASSENA - Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring two teachers from the Massena Central School District to attend Key Issues Institute, a national teacher professional development program held in Silverthorne, Colo. each summer.
Darcie Fregoe, a sixth-grader science teacher, and Randal Freiman, a high school science teacher, will be among 30 teachers from Alcoa communities in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, the U.K. and U.S. selected to attend the Key Issues Institute through a partnership with Keystone Science School.
“Key Issues Institute is Keystone Science School’s longest standing professional development workshop that brings teachers together from around the world to investigate environmental issues while utilizing a non-biased framework. Through sponsorships such as the one received from Alcoa Foundation, teachers are able to immerse themselves in exciting new curriculum and build an international professional network. We are thankful for Alcoa Foundation’s partnership and enthusiasm in bringing this valuable opportunity to teachers in their global service areas,” said Emily Weber, Educator Programs Director, Keystone Science School.
Ms. Fregoe, Massena, has been teaching for 24 years and will attend the program July 14-20. Mr. Freiman, Raymondville, has been teaching for 21 years and will attend the Key Institute June 23-29.
Teachers who attend the program spend one week of their summer break exploring local environmental issues in an outdoor classroom to provide best practices in how to engage students in interactive, hands-on activities that make science come to life. The aim of the program is to provide teachers and students with meaningful learning experiences that inspire scientific inquiry, leadership development, and civic engagement, thereby educating students to be active members of the community.
In addition, teachers will use the Key Issues framework, an interdisciplinary course that brings the process of inquiry to the study of environmental issues, designed to promote a collaborative approach to scientific investigation and problem solving.
Teachers are given an opportunity to develop new professional networks, share best practices, and begin thinking through the environmental investigation they will implement with their students.