Teacher and crab. Photo by CBF Staff
Teachers experience the Bay in all its forms during a CBF summer course. Photo by CBF Staff

Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership

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Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership - Leading School Systems
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The Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership is an exciting collaboration of Maryland school systems aimed at meeting the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) environmental literacy graduation requirement for high school students. The partnership includes nine local education agencies from across the state, CBF, MSDE, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office. Lead science and social studies teachers from each school system will participate in summer professional development institutes to learn about environmental literacy and issues investigation. They will then work together during a workshop series to develop issues investigation curriculum modules that meet current and forthcoming standards.

Issues Investigation Framework

    Issues Investigation Framework

Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership - Framework Process
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The Issues Investigation Framework has been developed to guide teachers and curriculum writers in developing units and projects that will meet curriculum standards in science and social studies, as well as the Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards (particularly standard one).

The Framework draws on approaches and concepts from Understanding by Design, Project Based Learning, and issues investigation models. It is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the Career and Civic Life Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies. The Framework will serve as the foundation for the professional development activities of the Partnership and will underpin the creation of a rubric to guide lead teachers as they design the issues investigation curriculum modules.

Click to view the Framework for Issues Investigation and Student Action (pdf)

Partner Organizations

Maryland State Department of Education University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Chesapeake Bay Trust National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Summer Institutes

Chesapeake Classrooms Teachers. Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Granberg/CBF Staff.Teachers from the nine participating local education agencies are invited to represent their school system in an exciting statewide project to develop new environmental literacy curriculum modules for high school science and social studies courses. Lead teachers serving on this initiative will participate in a unique summer institute led by the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. You will investigate key science and policy issues facing Maryland's environment, work with leading experts in the field, explore unique Maryland ecosystems, and learn to craft issues investigation modules within your content areas. See a complete scope of work below. Teachers are invited by their districts to register and participate in summer institutes. Available courses are listed below. 

Cost: Teachers receive a full scholarship thanks to an MSP grant, and those who complete the five day summer institute and the two days of independent work in the summer will receive a stipend ($125/day).

2014 Dates and Location: All of the institutes will have the same structure of two days local in the Baltimore/Annapolis region followed by three days/two nights at CBF's Smith Island Education Center plus two days of independent work.  The institute dates are below.  Click the register button to register for one of the five-day institutes.

June 23-27 Click to register
July 7-11
July 14-18
July 21-25

Scope of Work—Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership
Please review the terms of participation below.

Teachers commit to

    • an orientation session (or conference call, 1-2 hour) May or June 2014;
    • one five-day summer institute and two days of independent follow up work during the summer of 2014 (There are four summer institute options to select from.);
    • a two-day workshop during the fall of 2014;
    • working in teams to improve and create local connections for one issues investigation curriculum module in your content area for their school district;
    • piloting the curriculum with at least one group of students and providing constructive feedback through at least four professional learning community meetings during the 2014-15 academic year (These meetings may be conducted by phone or web.); and
    • participating in Partnership evaluation efforts.

Teachers will receive

    • a stipend of $125/per day for completing the five-day summer institute and the two independent work days;
    • three MSDE recertification credits or three graduate credits* for completing the summer institute and independent work (Additional MSDE credit may be available for completing the workshop series and piloting.); and
    • access to professional development, resources, expertise, and a statewide professional learning community tailored to their subject area.

*Graduate credits incur an additional fee to the credit granting institution.

Credit and Reimbursement

3 Continuing Professional Development credits from MSDE are available for summer institute participants. Details will be available during the orientation session. Graduate credit is also available.  Details are at www.cbf.org/credit

MELP will reimburse participants for summer institute travel that is over 100 miles round-trip per day. You need to mail or fax your W-9 and reimbursement form to the address below.

Substitute costs incurred by your school during the workshop series will also be reimbursed.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Atten: Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Or fax the forms to 410-268-6687


Click to view photos from the 2013 summer institutes. Participants in each course learned unique and helpful lessons in Baltimore and D.C. as well as unique Chesapeake Bay island communities.

June 24-28
July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26


Fall and winter 2014-2015 workshop information for summer institute participants will be available soon. 

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