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ESIE Program Overview

Earth Science: It’s Elementary is a science professional development program for elementary school teachers. The program includes several activities and events led by ASU professors that begin in summer 2014 and conclude in spring 2015. 


Participants must be 4th or 5th grade elementary school teachers who are currently teaching or will be teaching science during the 2014-15 school year.


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.

Professional Development

As you earn your 105 hours of professional development, much of your work will be during the intensive two-week summer workshop from July 21-Aug. 1 on the ASU campus. The earth science concepts and topics that will be covered include:

  • Water cycle
  • Soils
  • Rock formation
  • Weathering
  • Fossils
  • Energy resources
  • Earth, sun and moon

In addition to the summer workshop, you will participate in:

  • Six meetings during the upcoming academic year
  • The Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in Dallas this November
  • A one-day conference at ASU in spring 2015

Program Resources

As a participant, you will receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend to attend the summer workshop
  • A $500 stipend for the fall and spring
  • Electronic Zoomy microscopes
  • A Dell laptop and software
  • Materials and resources for the classroom
  • Housing (if needed) during the summer workshop 

Program Dates

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

Grant Funding

ESIE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as part of a consortium with Abilene Christian University.