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Earth Science: It’s Elementary

Science Professional Development for Elementary Teachers

Earth Science: It’s Elementary (ESIE) is a grant-funded project that will increase the knowledge and skills of elementary teachers in earth science topics. 

This yearlong process strives to help teachers:

  • Gain a greater knowledge and depth of understanding regarding earth science
  • Integrate earth science topics into their teaching using inquiry-based methods

Participants meet for an intensive two-week summer institute on the ASU campus followed with meetings spaced throughout the 2014-15 school year.

All participants will have the opportunity to attend the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in November 2014 in Dallas. A spring 2015 one-day conference will wrap up the program.

Apply Now

The program application is a two-step process:

  1. Complete and submit the online ESIE Program Application.
  2. Get your school principal to complete the ESIE Principal Recommendation Form and mail it to the ASU Teacher Education Department.

Application materials are due by May 6, 2014. Applicants will be notified by May 15 if they have been selected for the program.


Contact Us

For more information about the ESIE Program, contact:

Dr. Christine Purkiss
Project Director and
Associate Professor of Education

Program Dates

  • Application deadline: May 6
  • Notification if accepted:
    May 20
  • Two-week summer workshop: July 21-Aug. 1