Professional Learning—June Courses

2018 June Course Schedule

These five-day summer immersion courses provide a professional learning 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 lessons, and action projects.

Note about online registration: Course fee payment is required when you register online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. If you do not wish to register online or if you will be paying by check, please see Registration Options below.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Click to registerConnecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay Through Environmental Chemistry
June 25-29, 2018
Open to only Montgomery County Public School middle and high school educators.
Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools! This course will tackle human land use effects on the health of our waterways, and how to bring these concepts into the classroom with a chemistry lens. The ways in which we use and protect the land can change the chemistry of our soil and water in ways that can be catastrophic, benign, or beneficial to environmental health. We can use properties of water and the chemical effects of water on earth's materials to measure and study environmental health, and innovate solutions to long-term problems. Join us to explore some of these problems and solutions in schoolyard habitats, on your local waterways, in your neighborhoods and communities, and in the Chesapeake Bay. You will acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn Chemistry outside.
Length & Location: 5 days local within Montgomery County.
Cost: $50 registration fee. 
Credit: This course qualifies for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for Maryland teachers. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerIndustry, Infrastructure, and Impact - Baltimore City and the Chesapeake Bay
June 25-29, 2018
Open to Baltimore City Public School educators, grades k-12.
Come explore the interactions between our urban systems and the Chesapeake Bay. This five-day course focuses on how to engage your students in field-based investigations into issues affecting our local environment. We will investigate ways that human activities and choices impact the ecosystems and natural habitats of the bay through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of authentic data. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days local within Baltimore City.
Cost:
$50 resource fee refunded upon completion of the course.
Credit: This course qualifies for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for Maryland teachers.*In addition, 2 AUs from Baltimore City are available.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

A Tale of Two Rivers: Investigating How the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers Have Shaped Wicomico County
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for Wicomico County educators.
Throughout this course, all participants will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into subjects of natural history and ecology. We will also examine issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Wicomico County's changing landscape has largely been influenced by its local waterways. This course will explore the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers in order to further investigate how the county and its waterways have influenced one another. We will then take those connections and compare them to the interactions between the community of Tylerton and their local waterway, the Chesapeake Bay. This course will be a combination of two local day trips and three days overnight on Smith Island. Early in the week, we will investigate the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers and surrounding towns to look at the river as a system and a highway for industry. Wednesday through Friday, we will take an in-depth look at Tylerton, the smallest town on Smith Island, as well as the surrounding waters to look further into natural/social system interactions. Upon completion of this course, Wicomico County teachers will be provided ideas and local resources to augment and enhance their classroom lessons.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: No course fee (pending grant support.)
Credit: This course qualifies for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for Maryland teachers. 
To Register: Contact Dr. Brian Raygor, Supervisor of Science, Wicomico County Public Schools, 410-677-4508, braygor@wcboe.org.

 

Click to registerCreeks, Classrooms, and Conservation
June 26-29, 2018
Open to Prince George's County educators.
This course has been designed to help educators recognize the value of embedding classroom understanding in meaningful real world contexts. By imaging the outdoors as a classroom, students are encouraged to become critical thinkers who begin to see the connections between in school time, and out of school time. Using the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards, teachers will leave this course with a grounded understanding of best practices for engaging students in and out of the classroom, as well as a toolkit for bringing their own project ideas to reality.
Length & Location: 4 days local to Prince George's County.
Cost: $50 resource fee refunded upon completion of the course.
Credit: This course qualifies for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for Maryland teachers.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerPast to Present: Using GIS to map the Chesapeake Bay
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of its 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. 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— like measuring shoreline erosion, plant species distribution, identifying point and non-point source pollution, and countless other options. After this course, you will be able to return to your institution with a fresh knowledge of GIS technology, create an ArcGIS institution account, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students.
Length & Location: 5 days total at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 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: Maryland teachers are eligible for 4 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Human Impacts on the Environment of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for Harford educators grades k-12. Other neighboring counties may also find the course useful.
This course will allow participants to explore and experience the Bay as an ecosystem, a resource, and a focus of controversy. Participants will be introduced to human impacts on the Chesapeake Bay and Environmental Issue Investigation in order to understand and analyze their personal impact on the Bay watershed. Emphasis will also be placed on taking these experiences and issues back to the classroom in order to provide meaningful watershed experiences for students of all grades.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days in Harford County.  Pre- Meeting at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, MD.
Cost: Harford County Employees $75.00, Out of County $90.00. Graduate credit is also available from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Credit: This course qualifies for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for Maryland teachers. 
To Register:    Registration is through HECTOR. Problems? Call the Office of Professional Development at 410-273-5621.

 

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Click to registerPast to Present: Using GIS to map the Chesapeake Bay
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of its 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. 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— like measuring shoreline erosion, plant species distribution, identifying point and non-point source pollution, and countless other options. After this course, you will be able to return to your institution with a fresh knowledge of GIS technology, create an ArcGIS institution account, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students.
Length & Location: 5 days total at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 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: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerFull STEAM Ahead: Exploring Biodiversity of the Midstate and the Impacts of Human Development Through a STEAM Lens
June 25-29, 2018
Open to central Pennsylvania educators grades k-12.
Participating educators will use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) disciplines as a lens for engaging in hands-on, field based investigations into biodiversity in Susquehanna River basin of central Pennsylvania and the impacts that different land uses have on the natural environment. We will investigate the importance of diversity on ecosystems, how non-native and invasive plants and animals impact the ecology of the area, what impacts humans have on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and how we can better integrate ourselves into the natural world. Participants will explore various aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of the midstate region participating in collections and surveys of plants and animal along side local experts from private and public sectors. We will visit museums, nature centers, state parks and forests, dams, and other areas of interest to gain a stronger sense of place in the natural world and how humans fit into it.
Cost: No course fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $0 and commitment to complete the final project.
Credit:  Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Hampton (Systemic) Environmental Literacy Program
June 25-29
Specific to Hampton City Public School educators grades 4-12.
In this course, we will focus on the process of developing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences using field-based investigations and the local environment. We will pay special attention to creating and conducting relevant field investigations and establishing opportunities for civic engagement within the Hampton City elementary and middle school curriculum.
We will explore cause and effect relationships, specifically focusing on ways we can invest students in their local environment, teach scientific principles, improve water quality, and cultivate environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days local investigation days within Hampton City.
Cost: No course fee.
Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
To Register: Contact Venicia Ferrell, K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator, vferrell@hampton.k12.va.us.

 

Click to registerPast to Present: Using GIS to map the Chesapeake Bay
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of its 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. 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 — like measuring shoreline erosion, plant species distribution, identifying point and non-point source pollution, and countless other options. After this course, you will be able to return to your institution with a fresh knowledge of GIS technology, create an ArcGIS institution account, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students.
Length & Location: 5 days total at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 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: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to registerPast to Present: Using GIS to map the Chesapeake Bay
June 25-29, 2018
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of its 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. 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— like measuring shoreline erosion, plant species distribution, identifying point and non-point source pollution, and countless other options. After this course, you will be able to return to your institution with a fresh knowledge of GIS technology, create an ArcGIS institution account, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students.
Length & Location: 5 days total at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 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: Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 Continuing Education Hours (CEU’s) for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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Other Registration Options:

If you 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 contact 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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