February – Inquiry Across the Ages: A Panel Discussion


Hear from K-12 teachers who have successfully inspired student-driven investigations with citizen science through Investigating Evidence. They’ll share the benefits of inquiry-based teaching and strategies they’ve used to overcome challenges.

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Jeff Manker, Retired High School Teacher

Jeff is a retired educator who for seven years taught a self-developed, year-long, high school ornithology course. As part of that class he used many Cornell K-12 Education lessons of which Investigating Evidence was his favorite. He is now part of the Advisory Board for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 Education where he helps develop curricula. He is a self-described “Ornithangelist” who is the Board President of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, on the Board of the Bird School Project, an active participant in the Santa Cruz County Breeding Bird Atlas project, has written several magazine articles about birds and has trained many local teachers to be birders so they feel comfortable taking their students birding.

Amy Alderman, Elementary Teacher

Amy Alderman and her students are currently working with Lydia Thompson with the Georgia Ornithological Society to be Bird Ambassadors at the nesting area for shore birds next spring. Her students have been investigating their questions about their schoolyard birds for several years.  They set up experiments and gather data.  After their investigations last year, the students generated a budget and what portion of it should be spent on seeds, suet, and meal worms.

Phil Kahler, Science & Biology Teacher

Phil began watching birds with his students in 1994, when he and his students built a bird feeding station and covered observation blind at his school in Hillsboro, Oregon.  For over 20 years Phil and his students have been asking questions, collecting feeder bird data, and submitting their research reports to the BirdSleuth Investigator.  Investigating Evidence is an integral part of his curriculum as he mentors his young citizen scientists.  As a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 Education Advisory Board he has assisted with curriculum development projects and co-authored magazine articles about student bird research. Phil is also a co-founder of the Amazon Binocular Project, a project that recycles binoculars to students in the Peruvian Amazon.

Kathy Rigling, Wekiva Youth Camp Nature Coordinator

Kathy is a retired science teacher with 35 years of classroom experience. For the past 5 summers she have served as the Nature Coordinator at Wekiva Youth camp. She used the Investigating Evidence curriculum with her students and summer campers to build both their questioning and observational skills. Investigating Evidence has also been very helpful in the implementation of projects related to the nature of science core standards. This program has also served as an excellent starting point to citizen science projects

In this webinar, you will:

  • Discover tips and techniques for engaging all learners in citizen science and inquiry.
  • Learn how experienced K-12 teachers foster the scientific process through citizen-science observations.
  • Have a chance to ask teachers your questions and for advice on application in your own classroom or program.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.


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