Professional Development

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Chesapeake Classrooms

CBF provides high-quality professional learning that meets the evolving needs of teachers and schools across the watershed through the Chesapeake Classrooms program. Our program enable teachers and school administrators to involve the entire school community in outdoor learning experiences that are aligned with local school system standards. 

Chesapeake Classrooms focuses on methods for incorporating environmental education into the core subject areas of reading, math, science, and social studies. The resources used in Chesapeake Classrooms meet state educational standards in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Chesapeake Classrooms increases students' achievement and engagement in learning while improving their environmental literacy and stewardship ethic. 

Chesapeake Classrooms offers:

  • Five-day summer immersion coursesMore than 30 courses were available in June, July, and August 2013! Registration for our 2014 summer courses opens in January 2014.
  • An online Resource Library full of lessons and activities for year round support of course participants
  • One-day and multi-day workshops throughout the school year

Principals Environmental Leadership Program

Through the Principals Environmental Leadership Program, CBF provides high-quality professional development that meets the evolving needs of administrators and schools.  Through field experience, training, resources, and collegial discussion, these key leaders learn how to design a school program that utilizes and benefits the local environment and their schoolyard. 

Earn Credit

Educators can earn graduate or recertification credits by participating in one of our five-day immersion courses held throughout the watershed in the summer. Additional application skills and recertification credits can be earned by attending our workshop series.

Find out more about how you can earn graduate and recertification credits 

CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms is supported by the National Geographic Education Foundation. The Montgomery County partnership is supported by an award from the Precollege Science Education Program of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. CBF's Environmental Leadership for Principals program is supported in part by the NOAA B-WET program.

U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Geographic Education Foundation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Mary Baldwin College

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Watch our video and hear what teachers have to say about Chesapeake Classrooms.

New to Chesapeake Classrooms?

For those people who are learning about Chesapeake Classrooms for the first time, photos and reflection pieces are great ways to get a feeling for what is included in a Chesapeake Classrooms course. Check out the photos and writing samples below.

Participant Reflection Pieces

Read about the experiences teachers have had while attending the Chesapeake Classrooms program.

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