2016 Rivers Institutes featuring Waters to the Sea Free for Educators Online Application St. Croix River Institute - June 27-29, 2016Participants - Click here for St. Croix River Institute locations Mississippi River Institute - July 25-27, 2016Participants -Click here for Mississippi River Institute locations “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, Rivers Institute Participant Our natural affinity to water makes rivers and watersheds a useful and familiar context for teaching and learning. Join us this summer, as Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) presents its acclaimed Rivers Institute, a three day field-based professional development opportunity that inspires, educates, and prepares 3rd-8th grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through hands-on, inquiry-based investigations at local watersheds. Goals 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: Understand the teaching and learning opportunities represented by their watershed; Learn specific social science and natural science content relevant to the river; Explore the natural overlap between science processes, literacy skills, inquiry and STEM integration, and engineering design; Engage in critical thinking and real life application of skills and knowledge that lends itself to interdisciplinary system of thinking; Investigate existing resources and programs to enrich their teaching. Activities to Accomplish During the River Institute experience, participants will: Explore the watershed from the vantage point of the water while in a paddle boat; 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 Sea Rivers 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. Process 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;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 of $173/credit;The option to purchase a Project WET curriculum guide. Full scholarships are provided for teachers admitted to the program. Scholarship assistance for the 2016 Rivers Institutes is provided, in part, through the generous financial assistance of Andersen Corporate Foundation, Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, and the Meraux 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. 2016 Rivers Institutes Options: St. Croix River InstituteJune 27-29, 2016 8am-4pm daily Mississippi River InstituteJuly 25-27, 2016 8am-4pm daily Online Application Institute Participant Documents: Institute Bibliography Inquiry Info Sheet Syllabus Guidelines for Mini Grants Assignment Details Reflection Paper Details and Rubric Lesson Plan Details and Rubric Implementation Plan Details and Rubric Mississippi Agenda St Croix Interstate Park Geology Links: Life & Death on the Mississippi:http://cgee.hamline.edu/Mississippi-Life&Death Urban Water Cycle:http://www.health.state.mn.us/water/urbancycle/index.html Water Down the Drain:http://cgee.hamline.edu/WDD History of Fountain Cave article in Ramsey County Historical Society magazine:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8586626/Fountain_Cave.pdf If you have any questions, contact Sara Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-523-2895. Looking for the Trinity River Institute for Texas teachers? Students engaged at the St. Croix River Institute "I’m very glad that I had the experience of The Rivers Institute. It is a wonderful opportunity for educators to dive into hands-on science activities ...I feel much more confident that I can plan and facilitate outdoor learning after experiencing it myself, and I’m totally excited to try engineering with my students."(Grade 5 Teacher --Rivers Institute Participant 2013) Learn about the other Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education.