Open to all educators grades k-12.
How can we make the curriculum come alive with real data collected by both students and environmental science professionals from throughout the watershed address real questions? Learn to integrate local and national environmental data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities and online resources from NOAA’s Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 curricula. This dynamic online course, will ask you to take your learning outside to conduct investigations of your local environment. Investigations will be supported/facilitated by community leaders, scientists, and educators from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This course is designed to model a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. While the course will be conducted remotely, it will incorporate outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your yard and community when possible. A $200 MWEE implementation support fund is available to each participant upon completion of all course requirements.
Note: We will be accessing online data and resources that require a desktop or laptop computer -not at tablet of smart phone and reliable internet.
Length & Location: 5 days total; virtual
Cost: $50 due to support from local funders.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion. Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours for successful course completion. Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
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