Iowa Science PhenomenaIowa Public Television is seeking innovative Iowa science teachers to apply to be a part of a professional development cohort exploring Iowa Earth and environmental science phenomena. The cohort will run from December 2019 through April 2020. Selected participants will collaborate with teachers across the state to research strategies for using local phenomena to inspire student questions, work with conservation professionals to find and capture local phenomena, and create original resources for a new IPTV educational website. Teachers selected to participate will earn a $650 stipend for completing the project requirements. Relicensure and graduate credit is available.

The experience will be facilitated by IPTV with assistance from Ted Neal, clinical associate professor of science education at the University of Iowa’s College of Education.


  • Online and in-person experiences.
  • Learn and collaborate with teachers from across the state.
  • Contribute content to a new IPTV science education resource.
  • $650 stipend will be paid to all participants completing requirements.
  • The professional development opportunity is administered via Iowa AEA Learning Online. Relicensure credit is available for $35 fee. Graduate credit is available from Drake, Morningside or Grand View University for additional $120 fee.


  • Application deadline is Monday, October 21.
  • Participants selected by November 8.
  • Mandatory kickoff meeting via videoconference on December 4.
  • Mandatory in-person meeting held in Johnston, Iowa, on January 18, 2020.
  • All cohort work and collaboration will be completed by April 29, 2020.


  • Participate in all mandatory meetings.
  • Engage in online discussions and collaborations.
  • Create six original science phenomena resources using provided template.
  • Travel to one required in-person meeting in Johnston, Iowa.
  • Access to camera, video and/or sound recording technology (such as a mobile phone, tablet or digital camera).

Learning Goals:

  • Apply research-based classroom strategies for developing phenomena to drive student inquiry and to focus an instructional sequence.
  • Identify high-quality local phenomena that connect with Iowa Core curriculum concepts.
  • Identify strategies for working with  local conservation and environmental experts to identify and record phenomena in the field.
  • Develop high-quality driving questions to support the phenomena.
  • Create appropriate descriptive and supporting information to foster the use of the phenomena in the classroom.
  • Collaborate with participating teachers to critique, revise and enhance resources.

View a detailed cohort schedule

Complete this online application form to express your interest. Applications due to by 4 p.m. October 21. Selected teachers will be notified by November 8.

Questions? Contact with any questions about this opportunity.

This opportunity is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP).

Resource Enhancement and Protection