• 2020 Mississippi River Virtual Institute featuring
    Waters to the Sea


    Free for Educators!

    Mississippi River Virtual Institute - July 20-22, 2020

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    “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 the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) presents its acclaimed Mississippi River Institute as a hybrid model combining online content and outdoor hands-on investigations close to home. A live, interactive three-day professional development opportunity that inspires, educates, and prepares third-through eighth-grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based investigations at local watersheds.

    Goals  
    The standards-informed River Institute is 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 institute 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 the River Institute, participants will:

    • Understand the science, engineering, and literacy opportunities represented within their watershed. 

    • Practice specific skills of science literacy.

    • Learn specific natural science content relevant to the river and their local watershed.

    • Investigate strategies for teaching literacy skills through watershed-focused content.

    • Explore the natural overlap between science and engineering processes, literacy skills, inquiry-based instruction, and STEM integration.

    • Engage in critical thinking that connects the content and practice of science, engineering, and literacy sills into an interdisciplinary system of thinking. 

    Activities to Accomplish Objectives
    During the River Institute experience, participants will:

    • Explore the Mississippi watershed with a virtual boat tour, offering a unique experience from the vantage point of the water. 

    • Articulate field investigations through accurate, richly described scientific observations from live interaction with experts, video, and field based activities at home. 

    • Create, implement, and learn new strategies for the use of science notebooks.

    • Participate in learning activities utilizing Waters to the Sea and several other classroom resources and tools well-suited for distance and in person teaching.  

    • Conduct inquiry-based virtual investigations of flood plain forests, explorations of unique geology features, macroinvertebrates, and engineering with water as a context.

    • Participate in small break-out discussions to make new learnings relevant to students and your instructional practices.

    • Create plans to implement science, inquiry, and literacy investigations in their classrooms.   

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    River Institute participants will receive and explore Waters to the Sea, a suite of award-winning multimedia learning modules that help students grades 3-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations. 


     Process

    The Mississippi River Institute take place over three days. Participants interact live with professionals working on the river to investigate how concepts taught and experienced in the Institute can be directly transferred to classroom practice. Then, participants put principles in action through hands-on activities in the backyard or community. Core concepts in science, engineering, and literacy will be introduced and explored as well as strategies for integrating lessons and activities using rivers as a context for learning. 

    What else? 
    Each participant will receive:

    • Three full days of hybrid instruction combining online components and outdoor experiential learning with live whole- and small-group discussion;
    • 18 CEUs;
    • 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 $195/credit.

    The 2020 Mississippi River Institute is provided, in part, through the generous financial assistance of our donors. 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.
     

    2020 Mississippi River Virtual Institute:  

          July 20-22, 2020
          8am-4pm daily
          Live online activities 


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    If you have any questions, contact Sara Robertson at srobertson01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2895.

    Looking for the Trinity River Institute for Texas teachers, or the Mississippi River Delta Institute for Louisiana teachers?

    Learn about the other Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education.