Peggy Harte develops citizen science curriculum as well as professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators, engaging with students and teachers across a variety of projects ongoing at the Center for Community and Citizen Science. She is a former classroom teacher and elementary science specialist with over 20 years of experience. Among many projects she supports at the center, Peggy is currently directly supporting educators (both formal and informal) through the CitSci on the Student Farm project as well as the STEM Rural Valley Partnership, focusing on how citizen science projects engage students in deepening their connection to the environment as well as their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and the application of Common Core State Standards.
Our Center specializes in helping educators and youth work together on real science – youth-focused community and citizen science. An especially powerful aspect of this approach is the opportunity to help youth connect directly with professional scientists, and with local partners in their own communities who are working on environmental challenges. The story of our Spinning Salmon project shows how these connections can evolve over time, as partnerships develop, and new opportunities for collaboration arise.
In May, the Center’s Youth Education Program Manager, Peggy Harte, joined teachers from throughout northern California as they came together to celebrate and share their learnings as participants in the year-long professional development program, H.E.A.L. (Health, Environmental Awareness and Literacy).
It’s a cold February morning at River Bend Park in Oroville. We’re standing with UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences’ Carson Jeffres, waiting patiently for the bus to arrive from Red Bluff High School. A truck towing a boat backs down the boat ramp where we’re waiting to meet the high school students that have participated in the Spinning Salmon in the Classroom project this winter.
Co-creating an educational and culturally-relevant environmental monitoring program for youth in Northeast Tanzania
Friday, February 17, 2023
12:00 – 1:30 PM PST
As educators and researchers, the Center for Community and Citizen Science is focused on joining young people in the work of learning, doing, and using science to improve the world we share. This means thinking about young people as community leaders and people who do science. We have been working to support educators and educational leaders at both the district and state levels to better understand ways in which citizen science and environmental literacy more broadly can be used to deepen both student learning and development of environmental science agency.
In January of 2020, the UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science (CCCS) began a new research practice partnership exploring STEM opportunities and developing teacher professional development with the college opportunity program GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), serving students across Glenn, Colusa, and Tehama counties.
This workshop highlighted ways in which elementary teachers can plan for science even with limited time for student contact by forefronting science within integrated lessons. We explored the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) and look at ways the EP&Cs have been integrated into other content area frameworks. Participants left with a co-designed grade level resource to allow for integrated unit planning that places science at the core.
Original Article on NSTA: https://www.nsta.org/science-and-children/science-and-children-septemberoctober-2020/birds-near-and-far
Science and Children—September/October 2020 (Volume 58, Issue 1)
Using Environmental Literacy as the Through Line, All Standards All Students: A Focus on Equity and Access
BY MARGARET (PEGGY) HARTE, MED|NOVEMBER 17, 2020
Environmental Literacy, Environmental Principles & Concepts, Next Generation Science Standards, Incremental Infusion
With schools currently closed,
parents face the daunting task of engaging their children in
learning at home. To meet this challenge, our center’s Innovator
Fellow, Peggy Harte, created the “Supporting
Scientific Discovery at Home a Parent’s Guide” to assist
parents in encouraging children to think deeply to explore and
discover the world.
Schools may be closed, but the citizen science fun can continue! For example our CCS Innovator Fellow, Peggy Harte has initiated the Outside Wonder Lab Project to help families learn about their backyards and nearby open spaces while practicing responsible social distancing.
Join your county’s Outside Wonder Lab Project (all listed here) on iNaturalist to discover the creatures that have been sharing your space. Take the first step by going out into your yard, then start observing. Using iNaturalist you can capture pictures of your observations, identify the species you have discovered, and share your findings. Even if we are all physically apart, this project provides an opportunity to learn from each other while contributing to a global database that scientists can use to better understand and protect nature. In the past few days, our Yolo County community has sighted Western Fence Lizards, Sierran treefrogs, American Avocets, and over 2000 other species!
The Center for Community and Citizen Science is happy to share this new video, produced by our partner Yolo County Office of Education, describing our collective work on citizen science in school gardens. The video introduces our ongoing Gardens & Citizen Science Project, and profiles the work teachers are doing to implement citizen science school gardens, in Woodland, California! Check out the video here.
In 2016, the State Board of Education set out to change the way students learn science by adopting the Science Framework for California Public Schools. The new framework is designed to help students deepen their knowledge in four disciplines rather than having shallow understandings on many topics. It also emphasizes what students do with their understanding of science is more important than what they know. This significant shift in the curriculum can revolutionize how students learn and practice science, but it is crucial to prepare K-5 teachers for this transition.
On October 1, the Center’s CCS Innovator Fellow, Peggy Harte, traveled with DeAnn Tenhunfeld to Sacramento to present at a California Expanded Learning Summit for after-school educators and administrators. Their talk, “Engaging Students in STEM through Citizen Science,” discussed citizen science’s growing role in elementary classrooms, and was attended by nearly 50 participants.