Professional Learning—July Courses

2019 July Course Schedule

CBF's five-day summer immersion courses provide an experience that equips teachers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and confidence to use the local environment in their classroom. Teachers explore the watershed and examine the connection between land use and water quality through hands-on investigations, standards-based activities and assessments, and action projects.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Science and Ecology of Future Food Production in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Field Course for Environmental and Agricultural Science Teachers
July 15-19, 2019
This course is offered in partnership with the Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation (MAEF) and is designed for agricultural education teachers, environmental science teachers, and educators wanting to use food-supply issues and investigations as learning platforms.
Discover the future of food production around the Bay as we investigate innovative ways scientists and farmers are creating sustainable, practical, and profitable approaches to food security. Explore solutions from the City of Baltimore through Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about problems and proposed solutions in fin fish and shellfish aquaculture. Gain new perspectives and share your expertise in designing ways to make real-world food production issues a hands-on learning experience for your students. 
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days in Baltimore City, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $150
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
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Designing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for Washington County

July 15-19, 2019
Open to Washington County educators grades k-12.
How do our actions in Washington County impact the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay? Washington County educators will participate in stream studies, authentic water-quality investigations, and schoolyard assessments to answer these questions and more! Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a unique professional learning opportunity as we spend five days exploring our neighborhoods in and around Washington County. Investigate the connections between our daily activities and the ecology of the Potomac River, its tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay. Work aboard a research vessel on the Potomac River, canoe along the Monocacy River, create your own "watershed stories" while learning from your peers and having fun! 
Length & Location:
5 local investigation days within Washington County.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
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Howard County: Designing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) through Hands-on Science

July 15-19, 2019
While this course is open to all Howard County educators, it is most relevant to those teaching upper elementary and middle school.
Investigate the Chesapeake Bay Watershed from Howard County through Tangier Island, Virginia. Participants will connect local schoolyards and the Chesapeake Bay through field-based investigations rooted in the Howard County Science curriculum and collaborate to design MWEEs for their students. Topics and experiences directly connect to upper elementary and middle school science curriculum. Day experiences in and around the county will take educators on the water, through the woods, over the fields, and into the classroom. There is also a post-course meeting in early June (exact date TBD).
Length & Location:
5 days total. This course consists of 2 full-day experiences within Howard County on Monday and Friday, and a 3-day, 2-night, stay at CBF’s Port Isobel Environmental Education Center Tuesday through Thursday.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
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Our Water, Our Watershed: Connecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay
July 22-26, 2019
Open to Montgomery County educators grades k-12.
What do Montgomery County and Smith Island have in common? Both are communities located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed connected through water! Join the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center for a unique professional learning opportunity as we spend five days exploring connections to our watershed. Participants will begin the course downstream on Smith Island, investigating this unique waterman's community situated in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. For the second half of the course, participants will use their knowledge from Tangier to make connections between our daily activities, the ecology of the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Work aboard a research vessel on the Potomac River, canoe along the brackish marshes of the Bay, and create your own "shed stories" while learning from your peers and having fun!
Length & Location: 5 days total. 3 days, 2 nights at CBF’s Smith Island Environmental Education Center followed by 2 local investigation days within Montgomery County.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
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Anne Arundel County: Citizen Science Tools for Educators
July 29-August 2, 2018
Open to Anne Arundel County educators grades k-12.
This course will offer participants opportunities to investigate how climate change is affecting our local community. Each day, participants will practice ways to increase student engagement using the environment. Examples include: learning and implementing GLOBE protocols for Atmosphere, Pedosphere, Biosphere and Hydrosphere; reviewing evidence, effects, and mitigation strategies for climate change in the Chesapeake region; observing successful schoolyard projects resulting from Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), brainstorming and creating MWEEs that support AACPS curriculum, and analyzing how to use school grounds as a source of learning opportunities. This course is run in partnership with Arlington Echo.
Length & Location:
5 local investigation days within Anne Arundel County.
Cost: $0 thanks to grant support.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
To Register: Please register through: MyAACPS PD SRN#3361418001 Chesapeake Ecology for Educators.

 

Food and Culture, from Southern Maryland to the Bay
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Southern Maryland educators, grades k-12.
This middle- and high school-level course is recommended for previous participants of CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms immersions and teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology.
How do our daily food choices impact the Chesapeake Bay? Through this five-day course, participants will explore the many aspects of food production in Southern Maryland. Focusing on agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries, participants will gain new understandings about the relationship between land use and water quality. Investigations will look at how the choices we make shape our local environment and the health of the Chesapeake Bay, taking our studies from Southern Maryland to CBF's study center on Smith Island. Teachers will use knowledge and experiences gained during this course to integrate environmental literacy into their curriculum through inquiry-based learning.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/1 night at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center followed by 3 local investigation days within St. Mary's County.
Cost: $150.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
Registration Coming Soon

Environmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

Mapping our World: Using GIS Tools to Facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $150.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion.
All Chesapeake Classrooms courses, unless otherwise noted, have the same MSDE CPD number: 15-66-07
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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8- 12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-the-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water-quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Rain Gardens: Exploring A Multifaceted Solution to Reducing Your Schoolyard's Environmental Footprint

July 15- 19, 2019
Open to York County teachers and informal educators interested in learning more about storm water runoff and/or building a garden at their school or education facility.
Rain gardens are growing in popularity as an action project that students and community members can participate in to lessen the human impact of development. This course is designed to support educators as they explore the rain garden as a method for reducing their school yard’s environmental footprint. Course participants will visit local sites and hear from experts to explore topics related to storm water run-off; learn about rain garden design, construction, and maintenance; native plant selection, local partnership opportunities and strategies for implementing these topics into your classroom standards.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within York County.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion
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Where Does Your Water Go? A Closer Look at Stomwater Impacts on Harrisburg Communities
July 22- 26, 2019
Open to Capital Area IU educators, grades k-12.
Have you ever wondered where the water from your house or even our storm events goes? Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a three-day workshop that explores the issues related to stormwater and our sewer systems. Participants will engage in activities that allow them to explore where their local water goes and how that impacts their overall quality of life, and leave with the skills to empower students to make decisions that will improve the quality of their local water resources and make a positive impact. All participants will engage in situated, field-based investigations and cover current topics in storm water and storm water controls. By focusing on these topics, we will explore local water issues first hand as we meet with local experts. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of their local community while conducting daily water-quality investigations. Through data collection and analysis, participants will discuss current topics in conservation and management while making connections back to the classroom. We will explore the cause-and-effect relationships between the choices our students make with respect to Chesapeake ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. This course will empower teachers to connect their school and community with local water issues and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within South Central Pennsylvania, Capital Area IU.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 30 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
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Teach Ag! Linking Agricultural Education with Environment & Natural Resources Learning Objectives
July 22- 26, 2019
Open to in-service and pre-service Pennsylvania educators.
This course has been designed to support pre-service and in-service educators interested in making meaningful connections between agricultural education and environmental literacy. It will provide strategies and resources for supporting high-quality learning by actively engaging students in hands-on experiences both in the classroom and outdoors, while advancing 21st-century skills and career readiness. Throughout the course, we will explore the agricultural and natural resource industries, spending time in the classroom, on farms, and along local waterways, as we cultivate our own environmental and agricultural literacy. We will use tools and equipment to collect, analyze, and interpret field samples; examine and evaluate the impacts of public policies and perceptions on agriculture and the environment; investigate the interrelationships between agriculture, natural resources, and humans; explore resources for supporting students’ Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs); and much more! This course is being offered in partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Penn State’s Center for Professional Personnel Development and will highlight AFNR standards, the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, the Educator’s Guide to the MWEE, and the Environmental Literacy Model (ELM).
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days within State College, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
To Register: For more information contact Dr. Kevin Curry, Agricultural Economics Sociology & Education, Penn State University, kevincurry@psu.edu I (814)-863-7069.

The 3 R's Revisited: Rain, Riparians, and Recreation
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to IU 13 educators grades k-12.
Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a three-day workshop that explores the relationship between Pennsylvania's efforts to manage water from rain events, the use and effectiveness of riparian buffers, and the recreational opportunities that our abundant waterways offer. Leave with the skills to empower your students to make decisions that will improve their local water quality resources and make a positive impact. All participants will engage in situated, field-based investigations and cover current topics in conservation and management. By focusing on recreation, we will experience the natural history and ecology of the Lancaster/Lebanon County area first hand as we paddle and meet with local experts. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of their local community while conducting daily water quality investigations. Through data collection and analysis, participants will discuss current topics in conservation and management while making connections back to the classroom. We will explore the cause-and-effect relationships between the choices our students make with respect to Chesapeake ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. This course will empower teachers to connect their school and community with local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within the Lancaster/Lebanon IU 13 area.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 30 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
Registration Coming Soon

Environmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School Educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

Mapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $150.
Credit: This course qualifies for 50 Act 48 credit hours for successful course completion.
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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Chesapeake Gold: Investigating the Eastern Oyster's influence in Virginia
July 15-19, 2019
Open to all Virginia educators grades k-12.
Imagine the Gold Rush in the “Wild West” during the mid-1800's, but in place of men mining gold, picture watermen on low-decked boats, harvesting mucky bivalves from towering reefs. These watermen deemed the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) “Chesapeake Gold.” Since the golden age of the Chesapeake's oysters, the watermen's culture hasn't changed much, but the oyster population may never be the same. During this course, the oyster will be the lens through which we investigate the historical, cultural, and technological changes of the Chesapeake region. Between Virginia's Historic Triangle and the Bay's islands, our investigation will include: water-quality data collection, oyster restoration efforts, encounters with watermen communities, and artistic connections.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days within Hampton Roads, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center
Cost: $150. 
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
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Following the Falls: Tracing the Potomac River Around Fairfax County
July 15-19, 2019.
Open to Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. educators grades k-12.
Participants in this course will explore the tributaries of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. Throughout the week they will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships between human activities and their impacts on wildlife and water quality. Teachers will leave this course equipped with new knowledge and activities to use back in their classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Fairfax County.
Cost: $150
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
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Ecology for Plains Elementary, An Investigation into the Chesapeake Bay
July 29- August 2, 2019
Specific to all Plains Elementary educators.
What impact does the North Fork of the Shenandoah and Plains Elementary have on the Chesapeake Bay? How can Plains teachers use the ecosystems in the Shenandoah Valley and the Chesapeake Bay as the perfect context for connecting students to their environment? Plains teachers, join your school leader, Mr. Kapuchuck, on an adventure learning about your place in the Chesapeake Bay to see how science, history, and culture are connected as you visit local places in the Shenandoah Valley and Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center. 
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
For more information and/or to register for this course, contact Joseph Kapuchuck at jkapuchuck@rockingham.k12.va.us.

Environmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

Mapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $150.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
Registration Coming Soon

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS


Investigating Environmental Justice in D.C.

July 15 - 19, 2019
Open to D.C. Public School educators grades k-12.
Why do certain parts of D.C. look, and feel, different than others? While environmental issues impact us all, often their impact on vulnerable communities is disproportionate. For five days, we will explore a cross-section of environmental issues impacting D.C. area residents, and learn how communities and schools are on the front line of demanding and creating change for a more equitable future! This course is designed to support DCPS transdisciplinary learning goals and classrooms with students who are eager to impact their city.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Washington, D.C.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for successful course completion.
Registration Coming Soon

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-the-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water-quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Registration Coming Soon

Environmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.

Registration Coming Soon

Mapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Educators Watershed Wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $150.
Credit: Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

 

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Offline Registration Options:

If you are registering for a CBF course and do not wish to register online, you may print the 2018 Chesapeake Classrooms Registration Form (pdf) and mail or fax it to the address below. Remember to include the course fee with your registration form.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Attn: Chesapeake Classrooms
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Fax: 410-716-3016

To pay with a credit card, you may register online or call our office at 800-445-5572.

Class Full? Any teacher who would like to be added to the waitlist for a full course can send an e-mail to chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

If you have additional questions please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

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