Sara Robertson Program Coordinator651-523-2895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Global Environmental Education
School of EducationHamline UniversityMS-A17601536 Hewitt AvenueSaint Paul, MN 55104
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St. Croix River Institute June 24-26, 2013 Click here for St. Croix River Institute locations
Mississippi River Institute July 29-31, 2013 Online Application
“Becoming a learner as a teacher in the Rivers Institute was immensely important, because I put myself in my students’ shoes. I now understand how active field investigations can scaffold and further deepen knowledge of science and related subjects.”
~5th Grade Teacher,2011 Rivers Institute Participant
Standards-informed Rivers Institutes are designed to increase teachers' knowledge in water related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help area educators translate professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom investigations for students.Eligibility
The focus for the institutes is on elementary and middle school classroom teachers, as well as science specialists and teams of teachers. All educators are welcome to apply.Objectives Through their work in a Rivers Institute, participants will:
1. Understand the teaching and learning opportunities represented by their watershed; 2. Learn specific social science and natural science content relevant to the river; 3. Explore the natural overlap between science processes, literacy skills, inquiry and STEM integration, and engineering design;4. Engage in critical thinking and real life application of skills and knowledge that lends itself to interdisciplinary system of thinking;5. Investigate existing resources and programs to enrich their teaching.
Activities to AccomplishDuring the River Institute experience, participants will:• Explore the watershed from the vantage point of the water while in canoes; • Articulate field investigations through accurate, richly described scientific observations; • Create and utilize science notebooks;• Participate in learning activities utilizing Waters to the Sea*, and Project WET materials, as well as several other classroom resources and tools; • Participate in inquiry-based investigations of flood plain forests, unique geology features, macro-invertebrates, and engineering with water in mind;• Share strategies for helping students ‘think like a scientist,’ ‘design like an engineer,’ and ‘write like an author.’
Waters to the SeaRivers Institutes participants will receive and explore Waters to the Sea, a suite of award-winning multimedia learning modules that help students grades 4-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations. This educational resource is accompanied by an instructional companion for teachers use in elementary and middle school settings.
Rivers Institutes take place over three days, with pre- and post-course components. Participants interact directly with professionals working on the river to investigate how concepts taught and experienced in the field can be directly transferred to classroom practice. Core concepts in science, engineering and literacy will be introduced and explored, as well as strategies for integrating curriculum using the river as a context for learning. What else?
Each Rivers Institute participant will receive:• Three full days of experiential instruction and lunches;• A $100 educational mini grant upon completion of required components;• 21 CEUs (including hours in the areas of reading preparation and technology);• The Waters to the Sea multimedia tool and additional resources for your classroom;• The option to purchase two graduate-level credits at a reduced rate.Full scholarships are provided for teachers admitted to the program.Scholarship assistance for the 2013 Rivers Institutes is provided, in part, through the generous financial assistance of 3M Foundation, Andersen Corporate Foundation, Beim Foundation, Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Medtronic Foundation and Xcel Energy Foundation. With their ongoing support we enable hundreds of teachers to improve the way they understand and teach science, and help thousands of students connect with the natural world.
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If you have any questions, contact Sara Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-523-2895.
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