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June 28, 2013

ULM offers middle school teachers free weather and ecology training

Through a partnership between JASON Learning, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Developing Rigorous Experiential Academic Models (DREAM) Office, 50 middle school educators have the opportunity to become JASON teachers by attending one of two free workshops offered that focus on weather and ecology July 2-3.

Registration is open to the first 25 registrants and will be held in ULM's Strauss Hall, Room 148 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, visit

"This is part of an ongoing initiative at the ULM College of Education and Human Development to bring world-class science, technology, engineering, math and literacy professional development to area teachers and our students," said DREAM Director, Dr. Lynn Clark.

According to Clark, JASON Learning is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Robert Ballard who is responsible for discovering the Titanic in the North Atlantic.

Not long after that discovery, Ballard was inundated with letters from middle school children who wanted to be part of his expedition.

Inspired by the curiosity of the children and the experience of those letters, Ballard founded the JASON Project, which is named for the mythical Greek explorer, Jason, as in Jason and the Argonauts.

The purpose of JASON is to inspire children to become interested in science through interaction with real-world scientists and explorers by using multiple platforms and technologies, including standards-based science, technology, engineering and math curricula developed with NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society and others.

This summer the ULM DREAM office will provide math and science professional development for over 200 area teachers.

To learn more about DREAM activities visit

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