Watershed for Every Classroom 2018-2019

Watershed for Every Classroom 2018-2019
Friday, May 3, 2019 to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Year-long Program
Event Type: 
Special Event
Location: Lake Champlain Basin
Fee: $500 (Scholarships available. Graduate credit is at additional cost)

Watershed for Every Classroom (WEC) is a year-long professional development experience for K-12 educators in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont, New York and Québec, brought to you by CBEI - the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. 

Explore and immerse yourself in the watershed - whether by foot or by long boat, in waders or in muck boots. We’ll get you out into the streams, rivers, and Lake Champlain to deeply understand watershed issues and opportunities to enrich your curriculum. Past participants have noted that “it’s like camp for teachers!”

Place-based learning offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting learning for your students. You’ll learn from experts in the field of water quality, botany, biology, history, and so much more. We’ll dive into the essential teaching practices of place-based learning including service-learning, project-based learning, STEM education, and more! Join a peer network of like minded educators for a great year of new discoveries, making connections, and having FUN!

The year long program kicks off with a week-long summer intensive, July 16-20, 2018 (one overnight in the Adirondacks required that week). The program continues with the following dates over the 2018-19 school year:

  • July 16-20, 2018
  • October 12-13, 2018
  • January 11, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • May 3-4, 2019

Program Details:

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline June 1, 2018 or until program spaces fill.
  • The program is most suited for educators working in grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.
  • The support of your administrator is important. You will be asked to provide a letter of support if accepted.
  • Teachers receive $100 for classroom resources and an opportunity to apply for an additional $200 mini-grant.
  • Five optional graduate credits are available for an additional fee from St. Michael’s College.

Example Syllabus

If accepted you should be willing to:

  • Participate in ALL sessions.
  • Complete readings and written reflections, and participate in collegial planning and dialogue.
  • Develop a watershed-based teaching unit that integrates the local landscape. The unit will meet the goals of your district’s curriculum and will exemplify the best practices of place-based education and service learning.

Program Fees:

$500 program fee includes housing and meals for single overnights happening in July, October, and May.

Scholarships are available if accepted.

Registration Details: 

Apply for 2018-2019 Watershed for Every Classroom

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis until June 1, 2018. Once accepted, a follow-up pre-course survey will go out to all participants. There will be 20 spots available in this year’s cohort.

Contact Program Manager Kerri McAllister for questions at [email protected]

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