Watershed for Every Classroom
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.
A Watershed for Every Classroom is a year-long, supported professional development program for educators who teach in the Lake Champlain Basin, presented by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. The stories of the Lake Champlain Basin offer multiple ways to teach all subjects; engage students in learning in their community; and provide a way to integrate content, service, and a sense of belonging to one’s home place. We will explore how people, places, and things tell the stories of the Lake Champlain Basin and offer our students the opportunity to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of content, community engagement, and sense of place. Teams of two or more educators are encouraged to apply. Individuals are also welcome. The year long program kicks off with a week-long summer intensive in mid- July and continues through out the school year. The program is most suited for educators working in grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.
Tentative 2020-2021 Watershed for Every Classroom Dates:
July 13-17, 2020
October 2-3, 2020
January 15, 2021
March World Water Day - TBA
April 10, 2021
May 7-8, 2021
For questions or inquiries about Watershed for Every Classroom please contact Kerri McAllister: [email protected]
Sample details from the 2018-19 program:
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st 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.
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.
Past program fees:
- $500 program fee includes housing and meals for single overnights happening in July, October , and May.
- Scholarships are available if accepted.