Professional Learning—June Courses

2019 June Course Schedule

CBF's 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.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Our Neighborhood, Our Watershed: Connecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay
June 24-28, 2019
Open to Montgomery County Public School elementary school educators.
How is your neighborhood community influenced by water? How do our actions impact the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay?  MCPS elementary school teachers will participate in stream studies, authentic water quality investigations, and schoolyard assessments to answer these questions and more! Join the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center for a unique professional learning opportunity as we spend five days exploring our neighborhoods in and around Montgomery 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 "Shed-Stories" while learning from your peers and having fun!
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Montgomery County.
Cost: $50 resource fee. 
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
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Baltimore City's Industry, Infrastructure and Impact
June 24-28, 2019
Specific to Baltimore City Public School educators grades 9-12.
How is Baltimore's aging infrastructure related to flood damage and environmental damage from runoff into local streams? How has current and historical industry affected life—or lack thereof—in the Baltimore Harbor? Join us as we explore local Baltimore sites to consider these questions and ways human activities and choices impact the ecosystems and natural habitats of the Bay. Learn how to engage your students in field-based investigations that address issues affecting our environment and how to encourage them to take action and create change in their community!
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within the Baltimore region.
Cost:
$50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07. *In addition, 2 AUs from Baltimore City are available.
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Wicomico County and the Nanticoke River:Past, Present, and Future
June 24-28, 2019
Designed for Wicomico County educators.
Wicomico County's changing landscape has largely been influenced by its local waterways. Come explore with us as we dive into how native landscapes have influenced the history and culture of Maryland's Eastern Shore. To begin our week, participants will investigate the Nanticoke River and surrounding towns by boat. We will study 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, to experience what it truly means to "live downstream." Throughout this course, participants will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into the subjects of natural history and ecology. We will examine issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $0 (Grant support from Wicomico County is covering tuition fee.)
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
To Register: Contact Dr. Brian Raygor, Supervisor of Science for Wicomico County Public Schools, 410-677-4508, braygor@wcboe.org.

 

Geography and Me! Using Geo-Inquiry to Understand Human Environmental Impacts
June 24-28, 2019
Open to educators teaching in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Does where you live influence how you live? Explore the aquatic worlds of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, with their intimate link to metro area life. After two days of local investigation, educators will travel from freshwater river to brackish estuary, carefully observing and documenting the relationships between land, human uses, and human impacts. After this immersive five day course, teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of how environmental literacy and geo-inquiry support learning through frameworks such as Common Core, C3, and NGSS.
Length & Location: 5 days total.  2 local investigation days within the Washington, D.C. area and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
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Scales and Tales: Using Fishing to Activate Student Engagement
June 24-28, 2019
Designed for educators watershed wide.
Participants will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its fisheries through hands on activities and expert interaction. Participants will have opportunities to fish throughout the watershed and Bay proper to glean a better understanding of fish communities and their health while making connections to the overall ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will gain a better understanding of the pressure and challenges of various types of fishing and fishery laws that affect both the human communities and aquatic ecosystems. Participants will identify fish and learn about the different habitats in which they live and their connections to the Bay food webs.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days within the Virginia Beach area, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for successful course completion. Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

The 3 R's revisited: Rain, Riparians, and Recreation
June 24, 25, 26, 2019
Open to Capital Area IU 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 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 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 Harrisburg Area.
Cost: $50
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 30 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
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Scales and Tales: Using Fishing to activate Student Engagement
June 24-28, 2019
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Participants will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its fisheries through hands on activities and expert interaction. Participants will have opportunities to fish throughout the watershed and Bay proper to glean a better understanding of fish communities and their health while making connections to the overall ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will gain a better understanding of the pressure and challenges of various types of fishing and fishery laws that affect both the human communities and aquatic ecosystems. Participants will identify fish and learn about the different habitats in which they live and their connections to the Bay food webs.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days within the Virginia Beach area, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Geography and Me! Using Geo-Inquiry to Understand Human Environmental Impacts
June 24-28
Open to educators teaching in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Does where you live influence how you live? Explore the aquatic worlds of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, with their intimate link to metro area life.  After two days of local investigation, educators will travel from freshwater river to brackish estuary, carefully observing and documenting the relationships between land, human uses, and human impacts. After this immersive five day course, teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of how environmental literacy and geo-inquiry support learning through frameworks such as Common Core, C3, and NGSS.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 local investigation days within the Washington, D.C. area and 3 days/2 nights at the Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
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Alexandria City Public Schools & Earth Force Engaging Students in Potomac River Environmental Stewardship
June 24-28
Open to all Alexandria teachers, with a preference for grades 6-12.
In this course, we will explore the Potomac River Watershed around the D.C. metro area. Teachers will investigate some of the threats to our waterways as well as methods that help mitigate problems in our watershed. As we dig deeper into the state of our watershed and network with area environmental professionals, we will find ways to connect these topics and techniques back to the standards of learning in Virginia classrooms. Teachers will be trained in the Earth Force 6 step process to engage students in environmental stewardship projects. The training is meant to provide the foundation for transforming learning into real and meaningful experiences for students by connecting learning to their community.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within the Alexandria, Washington, D.C. area.
Cost: $0 thanks to funding from Alexandria City Public Schools.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
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Developing Environmental Literacy in Richmond City Schools
June 24-28
Open to Richmond City educators who teach 6th and 7th grade science, Ecology, AP Environmental, Biology, and AP Biology.
Educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. This Richmond City course is an opportunity to learn from one another and experience the history, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Join us to explore and share ways to design and implement meaningful field-based experiences using your school campus and local community as a context for teaching and learning that increases student’s environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. Two local field investigation days within the Richmond area, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
To Register: Contact Helena Easter at heaster@rvaschools.net. Deadline to Register: April 16, 2019.

Scales and Tales: Using Fishing to Activate Student Engagement
June 24-28
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Participants will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its fisheries through hands on activities and expert interaction. Participants will have opportunities to fish throughout the watershed and Bay proper to glean a better understanding of fish communities and their health while making connections to the overall ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will gain a better understanding of the pressure and challenges of various types of fishing and fishery laws that affect both the human communities and aquatic ecosystems. Participants will identify fish and learn about the different habitats in which they live and their connections to the Bay food webs.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days within the Virginia Beach area, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

D.C., Geography and Me! Using Geo-Inquiry to Understand Human Environmental Impacts
June 24-28
Open to educators teaching in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Does where you live influence how you live? Explore the aquatic worlds of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, with their intimate link to metro area life. After two days of local investigation, educators will travel from freshwater river to brackish estuary, carefully observing and documenting the relationships between land, human uses, and human impacts. After this immersive five day course, teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of how environmental literacy and geo-inquiry support learning through frameworks such as Common Core, C3, and NGSS.
Length & Location: 5 days total.  2 local investigation days within the Washington, D.C. area and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
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

 

Scales and Tales: Using Fishing to Activate Student Engagement
June 24-28
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Participants will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its fisheries through hands on activities and expert interaction. Participants will have opportunities to fish throughout the watershed and Bay proper to glean a better understanding of fish communities and their health while making connections to the overall ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will gain a better understanding of the pressure and challenges of various types of fishing and fishery laws that affect both the human communities and aquatic ecosystems. Participants will identify fish and learn about the different habitats in which they live and their connections to the Bay food webs.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days within the Virginia Beach area, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
Credit: Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for successful course completion. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
Registration Coming Soon

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Offline 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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