Sailing for Success: Lessons aboard a Tall Ship!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog, and I’m making an effort to post new material.  Some will still be updates on great science out there in the world, while other posts will forward on teacher professional development courses, as well as student and teacher opportunities of all kinds.

This latest opportunity is for teachers who might be interested in an ocean adventure.  See below for details:

Calling all hands!  Teachers wanted for an amazing professional development opportunity aboard the tall ship Mystic!
The ocean is a fantastic classroom, and a Tall Ship serves as an amazing platform for growth, teamwork, leadership and adventureEducators will become part of the crew, with the option of earning credits from the University of Rhode Island.  OHPRI invites all interested teachers to apply for one of the 30 bunks aboard the schooner Mystic and join our professional crew on this five day voyage. 
When: Week 1: July 7th-11th Process Communication Model (PEM)® course, and inquiry based curriculum development
             Week 2: July 14th-18th integrating technology and videography in the classroom, and inquiry based curriculum development
Where: Beginning and ending in Newport, RI with itinerary including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Provincetown, Cape Cod Canal and Stellwagen Bank.
Who: Educators in grades 6 and up, of any discipline
Cost: $500 for one week session (includes seminar materials, meals, and lodging)
Credit (optional): 6 CEU credits, representing 60 hours of work, from the University of Rhode Island for ($25.00 additional)
Please fill out this survey to apply!  Or copy and paste:
Application deadline: June 5th  

Photo credits from left to right: Joanna Greene, Kathleen Vespia, Lindsey Geier
Join the crew in all aspects of shipboard life; raising and furling the sails, standing watch, steering, navigation and chart work.  While no extraordinary fitness is required, applicants should be comfortable climbing a six foot ladder unassisted, and be of good general health.  Become a student again, and be immersed in a whole new language, and customs in the world of Tall Ship sailing.  See attached Outline of Seamanship Course.
Week one component, July 7th-11th: In addition to the personal development that comes from working as part of the crew, participants will complete training in the Process Communication Model(PEM)® through the Quality Educator Relations Seminar. This training is designed to help teachers achieve more effective communication.  Educators will learn how to target communication to meet their students’ motivational needs as well as those of their colleagues, administrators, and parents. Participants will be given the tools to develop an individualized teaching style that will enable them to connect quickly with and motivate their students.  Prior to boarding, all participants will be asked to complete an on-line inventory which provides a profile identifying key aspects of their personality and the impact of these on their teaching practice.
Week two component, July 14th-18th ** just added! **:  Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic video skills, and document their experience aboard.  Learn how incorporating video and other digital media in the classroom can help create meaningful, memorable lessons for your students.  Roy Bergstrom, lead information technologist and adjunct assistant professor, film/media program at the University of Rhode Island will guide discussion and teach techniques for affordable, straightforward ways to incorporate film making and other technology into your classroom.   Additionally, Kristy Otterbach, a licensed captain and sailor, and teacher at the Sound School Regional Aquaculture Center in New Haven, CT will be offering personalized workshops in interdisciplinary hands-on curriculum development, mastery learning /grading and utilizing expressive and creative arts activities for exploring areas of personal growth, leadership and consciousness raising.  Resources and ideas for program development and creative funding for those interested in perusing on board student programs will be available.
During both weeks, participants will work in pairs to develop engaging, student-centered, inquiry-based lesson plans incorporating learning from the ocean and the ship.  Lesson plans can cover all disciplines, including STEAM, language arts, health, and social studies. 
OHPRI will offer educational trips for students year-round on board Oliver Hazard Perry next year.  The curriculum developed during this week-long adventure will be used on board for future programs.
Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is a non-profit organization which facilitates education at sea.  Currently we are in the final phases of constructing our own 200-foot Tall Ship, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, scheduled to be ready to set sail this fall.  She is currently hauled out at the Newport Shipyard until the end of May – come take a look!  In anticipation of our voyages on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, OHPRI has chartered the schooner Mystic, a 180-foot three masted steel hulled top sail schooner which will host our programs this summer.
We will notify all accepted applicants by June 10th.  Please contact either Elise Huebner or Jess Wurzbacher with any questions at or, or call (401) 841-0080.



~ by alanotte on May 27, 2014.

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