The Galveston Bay Project

We are not accepting applications for this program at this time.

The Galveston Bay Project begins with a three-week summer institute for K-8 teachers interested in learning more about the Galveston Bay watershed. Now accepting applications for its 9th session, the program focuses on the biological, ecological, and geological issues of the area. While exploring the impact of Houston's bayou system on the bay, participants conduct an extensive water quality study. University and regional specialists work with teachers in the classroom and at multiple field sites to demonstrate how program materials can be used to teach science and mathematics objectives (TEKS and TAKS) and appropriately integrate technology at all levels of instruction.

Expectations of Participants
Teachers participate in a three-week summer institute as well as in academic year follow-up sessions. The institute is based at the HISD Center for Professional Development at The Rice School/La Escuela Rice and includes numerous field sites. Typical summer hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (some days are extended to accommodate field trips) with six-eight school year sessions for invited speakers, field trips; some contact is maintained through on-line formats. As a final product of the summer institute, teacher teams produce and present unit plans to demonstrate how they will incorporate the institute content into their academic year instruction.


Administrative Support
Principals support teachers participating from their campus by providing one release day during the academic year to attend a follow-up session in late August to participate in a field trip that cannot be scheduled on a Saturday or after school.

Benefits to Campus and Participants:

  • Satisfies the state requirement for Gifted & Talented professional development (initial 30-hour and annual 10-hour requirements)
  • Qualifies for state Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits
  • Aligned with the TAKS and HISD's Project CLEAR
  • Receipt of a wealth of instructional and classroom materials
  • Three hours tuition-waived graduate credit from Rice University for the summer session
  • On-going academic year professional development and support
  • One-year membership in the National Science Teachers Association or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

For more information contact Debbie Jensen, (713) 349-1800 ext. 343 or

The Galveston Bay Project is sponsored by theDepartment of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University. Funding to develop and offer the project during its first eight years was provided through awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biological Sciences Education Program (Project Director, Dr. Frederick Rudolph).Starting in 2000, supplementary funding to continue the program to date has been provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boardís (THECB) Eisenhower Professional Development Grants program. Final determination for funding of the 2003-2004 offering is pending the outcome of the current THECBís Teacher Quality/No Child Left Behind Professional Development Grants competition.

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Last Updated 04/06/04- Questions and comments concerning this page may be directed to Marty Daniel.