The purpose of the Waldron Shale Project is to provide teachers with the training and materials to implement a hands-on paleontological activity where students can learn about earth science, the fossil record, and scientific methodology using actual fossils.
Science education benefits from hands-on inquiry-based learning. Paleontology is an ideal discipline for implementing this kind of instruction within the K-12 classroom, as biology, earth science, reading, art, and math can be easily integrated into lessons
about the fossil record. Additionally, paleontology has a way of nearly universally capturing the imagination of children, providing a launching point for getting young people excited about science. The states of Kentucky and Indiana have exceptional
paleontological resources. It follows that paleontology should be featured in the science curriculum here, as many students are finding or observing fossils in their backyards or public parks.
Teachers interested in participating in the project can submit an application to reserve their spot in the next professional development workshop. The next workshop
will take place in June of 2022 on the campus of Bellarmine University.