Iowa PBS Phenomena Cohort

Apply to Participate in the Iowa Science Phenomena Cohort

Jul 29, 2020

Iowa PBS is seeking innovative Iowa science teachers to apply to be a part of a professional development cohort exploring science phenomena. The cohort will run from December 2020 through May 2021. Selected participants will collaborate with teachers across the state to research strategies for using local phenomena to inspire student questions to find and capture local phenomena, and create original resources for the Iowa Science Phenomena 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 Iowa PBS with assistance from Iowa experts in the field of science and phenomena-based instruction.


  • Online and in-person experiences.
  • Learn and collaborate with teachers from across the state.
  • Contribute content to the Iowa Science Phenomena website.
  • $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 will be available for an additional fee.


  • Application deadline is Monday, October 16.
  • Participants selected by October 30.
  • Mandatory kickoff meeting via video conference on December 2.
  • Mandatory in-person meeting held in Johnston, Iowa, on January 16, 2021 (based on any travel restrictions that may be in place).
  • All cohort work and collaboration will be completed by April 30, 2021.


  • Participate in all mandatory meetings.
  • Engage in online discussions and collaborations.
  • Create six original science phenomena resources using the 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.
  • 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.

Complete this online application form to express your interest. Applications due to Iowa PBS by 4 p.m. October 16. Selected teachers will be notified by October 30. Send any question to