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Summer 2012 Chesapeake Bay Academies

The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC), in cooperation with several state, federal, and private agencies, will conduct six Chesapeake Bay Academies this summer.

The week-long experiences vary depending on the location, but all are a summer learning experience for middle and high school science teachers and are designed to closely support the implementation of the Science Standards of Learning. The Academies will provide detailed training, field experiences, printed materials, and hands-on resources supporting the science standards content and skills. Special emphasis is being given to provide instructional resources that will support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Biology. Instruction will also integrate classroom and field experiences demonstrating effective meaningful field investigations.

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SOLstice: Science Teachers Investigating the Chesapeake Environment
June 11 - 29
Longwood University

Chesapeake Bay Coastal Academy
June 25 - 29
St. Margaret's School, Tappahannock

Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course
July 8 -12
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Wachapreague

Blue Green Gold: Can Water Flow Uphill Towards Money?
July 16 - 20
Shenandoah National Park/Charlottesville

River's Edge Field Course
July 30 - August 3
Fredericksburg

From the Mountains to the Ocean
August 6 - 10
Blandy Experimental Farm/The State Arboretum of Virginia


SOLstice: Science Teachers Investigating the Chesapeake Environment
June 11-29
Longwood University

For more information, visit the course website.

Course Summary

SOLstice: Science Teachers Ivestigating the Chesapeake Enviroment, 2011This institute brings together university faculty, practicing middle and elementary-school teachers and pre-service teachers (i.e., Liberal Studies students) to work collaboratively as "teacher-researchers." The Chesapeake Bay is the context in which these teacher-researchers will conduct research and consider critical curricular linkages to the upper elementary and middle-school classrooms. Specific decisions about curricular emphases are informed by data from the science SOL tests for the schools in the Southside and Northern Neck areas of Virginia.

Disciplinary Focus
This program focuses on the substance of the disciplines in science and the development of good "disciplinary thinking." (Howard Gardener's Five Minds for the Future.) Participating teacher-researchers will be immersed in both the complexity of authentic scientific investigations and the challenges of transferring scientific knowledge to multidimensional civic issues and to their classrooms.

Issues of civic importance
Longwood has a nearly 9-year association with the SENCER program (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities). Though focused on students in higher education, the SENCER Ideals are in many ways the solution to the big "turn off" to science that occurs in the late elementary and middle grades. With its focus on civic engagement and the resolution of public issues through practical, engaged learning and mathematical and scientific ways of knowing, SENCER challenges students to take responsibility for their learning in a positive way.

Target Audience

10 practicing middle school or upper elementary science teachers (grades 4-8)
10 Longwood pre-service middle-school science or elementary teachers

Academy Type

Residential, for credit only. Stipends of $1,500 will be awarded to eligible practicing teachers upon successful completion of the course.

June 11-15- online assignments and pre-workshop reading (preparation)
June 17-23 - field work at Hull Springs Farm - Chesapeake Bay Academy (action)
June 25-29 - field/lab work, analysis and pedagogy - on Longwood campus (reflection)

Sponsor

Longwood University's Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences
201 High Street, Farmville, VA
(434) 395-2000

Hull Springs Farm of Longwood University
645 Hull Springs Farm Road, Montross, VA 22520
(804) 472-2621
hullspringsfarm@longwood.edu

Clean Virginia Waterways
Longwood University, Stevens #113
201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909
(434) 395-2602
registerkm@longwood.edu

Academy Coordinator

Patricia Lust, Director of Liberal Studies - General Coordinator
lustpd@longwood.edu
Phone (434) 395-2049

Mark Fink, Associate Professor of Biology - Academic Coordinator
finkml@longwood.edu
Phone (434) 395-2749

Kathleen Register, Executive Director of Clean Virginia Waterways -Virginia Resource-Use Education Council Partner
registerkm@longwood.edu
Phone (434) 395-2602

Locations for instruction

Classroom location
Rustic classroom at Hull Springs Farm
Chichester Science Building - on Longwood's campus

Field locations
Hull Springs Farm in Westmoreland County (one week)

Possible field trips in the Farmville area

  1. Fuqua Lower School - Visit schoolyard rain garden and constructed "Aquatic Lab" to demonstrate that MWEEs can be held on campus (no field trip expenses). Natural Resource partner: Deanna Fehrer of the Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District
  2. Wilkes Lake, Appomattox River, or nearby State Park - Many possible topics: water quality monitoring of a fresh water river or reservoir, polluted runoff, watersheds, riparian buffers, forested wetlands, etc. Natural Resource partners: State Park employees (DCR), PSWCD, Clean Virginia Waterways
  3. Lancer Park (Buffalo Creek and Appomattox River confluence). Many possible topics: historic and current land use decisions and their impacts on the environment, water conservation (on the playing fields), water quality monitoring, wetland restoration, polluted runoff, watersheds, riparian buffers, forested wetlands, etc.

Chesapeake Bay Coastal Academy
June 25 - 29
St. Margaret's School, Tappahannock

Course Summary

Chesapeake Bay Coastal Academy, 2011The Coastal Bay Academy will focus on the coastal portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed and will be held in Tappahannock, Virginia and at CBF's Port Isobel Education Center near Tangier Island, Virginia.

Target Audience

Public Middle and High School teachers

Academy Type

Residential

Sponsor

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Academy Coordinator

Randy Shank
rshank@msn.com
(804) 238-8595 (cell)
(804) 769-2968 (work)

Academy Director

Bill Portlock
bportlock@cbf.org
(804) 633-7249 (cell)

Locations for instruction

Classroom location (inside instruction)
St. Margaret's School, Tappahannock

Field location(s)
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Mattaponi River at Walkerton, Chesapeake Bay and Tangier Sound


Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course
July 8 -12
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Wachapreague

For more information, visit the course website.

Course Summary

Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course, 2011This 5-day residential Academy, for up to 18 participants, introduces relevant marine science topics and field techniques in the distinctive surroundings of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Conducted at VIMS Eastern Shore Lab in Wachapreague, the course includes a minimum of 40 hours instructional time in the classroom, lab, field and online. Instructors include marine educators from VIMS Marine Advisory Program and guest speakers from environmental agencies. Classroom and lab portions highlight content and skills that support Virginia Standards of Learning, and integrate existing environmental education curricula and online resources. The field component models the planning and implementation of MWEEs, and introduces basic marine science content, current scientific research, low and high-tech field research methods. The classroom, field and lab experiences, and educational materials contribute to teachers' content knowledge in marine science, natural resources, and social studies relevant to the Chesapeake Bay. Applications of course content and activities to secondary school science classrooms are developed through guided discussion and collegial sharing. Participants receive relevant curricula and teaching materials, including lesson plans, lab and field activity outlines transferable to their own students and individual regions of Virginia. Academy instructors provide guidance and resources to help teachers build confidence and competence in planning and conducting their own Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences.

Target Audience

Middle and High School science teachers

Academy Type

Residential

Sponsor

Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program &
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, William & Mary
PO Box 1346, Route 1208 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Academy Coordinator

Carol Hopper Brill
chopper@vims.edu
(804) 684-7735


Blue Green Gold: Can Water Flow Uphill Towards Money?
July 16 - 20
Shenandoah National Park/Charlottesville

Visit the website for more information.

Course Summary

Follow the flow of water from the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park through Charlottesville and on towards the Bay. The Blue Green Gold Academy is a five-day commuter, professional development course that offers Virginia teachers the opportunity investigate the flow of water in the James River Watershed. You will hike, paddle and meet community members, natural resource professionals, and conservation organizations to answer the question; does water flow uphill towards money?

Topics to be included are mapping and delineation of watersheds, quantifying water resources, establishing intrinsic and extrinsic value of land conservation, ecosystem services, and public decision making processes. Participants learn how watersheds are an organizing topic that connects math, science, social studies, and language arts at a curricular level.

Teachers will plan a cross curricular unit focused on ecosystem services and field investigation for their students. Build your toolbox through the introduction of national curricula, such as Project WILD's Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife and Project Learning Tree. The Academy is structured to model MWEE best practices. Each day will include preparation, action, reflection, and application.

Target Audience

Middle and High School teachers, cross-curricular teams are encouraged to apply together.

Academy Type

Commuter

Sponsor

Green Adventure Project
920 Camp Rd
Charlottesville, VA

Academy Coordinator

Emily Beck
Emily@greenadventureproject.org
Phone (434) 293-4270

Locations for instruction

Classroom location (inside instruction)
Green Adventure Project, 920 Camp Rd, Charlottesville VA

Field location(s)
Shenandoah National Park, South Fork Rivanna River, Ragged Mountain Reservoir, and Walnut Creek Park.


River's Edge Field Course
July 30 - August 3
Fredericksburg

View the tentative agenda.

Course Summary

River's Edge Field Course, 2011FOR will host a five day professional development workshop, training teachers in how to develop investigative, integrated, and sustained Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) within class curricula. Teachers will participate in hands-on activities and on-water programs designed to enhance their understanding of water quality and MWEEs. Furthermore, they will learn how to design a MWEE.

Target Audience

Middle and High School science teachers

Academy Type

Commuter

Sponsor

Friends of the Rappahannock
VA Outdoor Center
3219 Fall Hill Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Academy Coordinator

Daria Blom
education@riverfriends.org
(540) 373-3448 x115

Locations for instruction

Classroom location (inside instruction)
Friends of the Rappahannock's Orientation Center

Field location(s)
Friends of the Rappahannock's Nature Preserve, Old Mill Park, Simonson Boat Launch to lower Rappahannock, on the Rappahannock River at the fall line in the tidal region


From the Mountains to the Ocean
August 6 - 10
Blandy Experimental Farm/The State Arboretum of Virginia

View the tentative agenda.

Course Summary

From the Mountains to the Ocean, 2011The From the Mountains to the Ocean Chesapeake Bay Academy will be a five day residential professional development course that introduces middle and high school teachers to environmental science research and policy development that is relevant to understanding and teaching about the interconnection of the northern Shenandoah River watershed with the Chesapeake Bay estuary ecosystem. The Academy will focus on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay within the Shenandoah River sub-watershed system and will be based at the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy Experimental Farm) in northwestern Virginia. The Academy will draw on the expertise of NOAA Chesapeake Bay educators, University of Virginia Department of Environmental Science faculty, Blandy Experimental Farm education specialists, Virginia Commonwealth environmental agency educators (including DEQ, VDOF and VA Master Naturalists), and non-government agency policy and land-use professionals.

Target Audience

Middle School and High School science teachers

Academy Type

Residential

Sponsor

Blandy Experimental Farm/The State Arboretum of Virginia
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620

Academy Coordinator

Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education
Blandy Experimental Farm
University of Virginia
lutzow-felling@virginia.edu
(540) 837-1758 x 230
(540) 550-7484

Locations for instruction

Classroom location (inside instruction)
Blandy Experimental Farm/The State Arboretum of Virginia

Field location(s)
Blandy Experimental Farm, Shenandoah Valley karst areas, tributaries of the Potomac River including the Shenandoah River and Spout Run