In Summer of 2022, we are partnering with Dataspire to offer the Data Literacy Using LTER Data Workshop Series, which will whet your appetite for the full Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers (ARET) at LTERs experience. Applications for the full ARET@LTERs program will open in Fall of 2022, as two of our sites have severe personnel restrictions this summer. Please join the ARET-Announce mailing list to be notified of program developments.

Meanwhile, the ARET@LTERs project and Dataspire are offering a training that will foster educators’ and students’ ability to engage confidently with data in their daily lives.

Please join us for the Data Literacy Using LTER Data Workshop Series offered July 25-28, 2022. Through a series of 8 short, 90-minute, online, interactive workshops we will unpack what is involved in teaching with data. Come network with other data-interested educators to enhance your data literacy skills. We will use current, cutting-edge data from the Arctic, HJ Andrews Forest, and Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites.


  • $200 Stipend
  • Increase your confidence in using practices that are key elements of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Mathematics Standards
  • Get new ideas for engaging your students in using and analyzing data practices
  • Dive more deeply into common areas that trip up students while they are working with data
  • Time to explore and modify activities for your classroom that address the topic being covered
  • Practice incorporating data analysis, interpretation, and computational thinking into what you already do
  • Network with teachers from across the country and learn about future opportunities for professional development with the LTER network


The $194 registration fee will be paid with grant funds, and each teacher will receive a $200 stipend for full participation.

To Apply

We are seeking high school teachers who teach in Alaska, California, Oregon, or Wisconsin. We think teachers from a variety of STEM disciplines will get the most out of the experience; however teachers from any discipline who are interested in the topic are welcome to apply.

Spots are limited so please fill out and submit this application form (also below) by June 30, 2022.

For Questions

  • Teachers in Alaska, please email Amanda Morrison at
  • Teachers in Santa Barbara, CA please email Scott Simon at
  • Teachers in Wisconsin or Oregon, please email Kari O’Connell at

This summer of 2022 professional development opportunity is funded through a larger project. We hope you will consider joining us for the ARETs@LTER project as well.