Professional Development

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Teachers participating in hands-on activities during the 2018 Teacher-Fellow Summer Professional Development Workshop, Tucson AZ.
Teachers participating in hands-on activities during the 2018 Teacher-Fellow Summer Professional Development Workshop, Tucson AZ.

WE WANT YOU!
BECOME AN SBAR EDUCATOR!

Join us in teaching about biofuels and bioeconomies in arid regions and help create lessons for the next generation of scientists.

The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) Center connects teachers from local schools (6th – 12th grades) with university graduate students to bring innovative STEM curriculum into the classroom.

The goal of SBAR education and outreach is for youth to explore how natural resources, agriculture, and emerging technologies in the Southwest are changing energy opportunities in their family, community and the world.

Graduate students (SBAR Fellows)  will support teachers in their classrooms over the course of a full school year and teachers will support SBAR Fellows in developing youth engagement skills, working with diverse learners/audiences, and curriculum design.

Working as a curriculum design team, teachers and SBAR Fellows, with support from program staff create innovative SBAR-related curriculum. These curricular products connect the current research in biofuels and bioproducts to STEM topics related to chemistry, engineering, arid environments, land use planning, sustainability, water topics, environmental economics, and more.

Summer Professional Development

New Mexico State University (NMSU) 4-H and the University of Arizona (UArizona) College of Education will host an online/digital summer workshop in 2020 for selected educators and SBAR Fellows. During the summer workshop, teachers will learn about new sustainable crops, emerging technologies in the Southwest biofuels industry, water and land-use, bioproducts, and biofuels. With support from research scientists and curriculum designers, teachers and SBAR Fellows will develop new or refine adapted curriculum for use in their own classrooms and for dissemination. Following the summer workshop, teachers will work with their partner SBAR Fellow to incorporate activities and lessons into the curriculum during the school year.