Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs)

August 18, 2021 - June 9, 2022

STEM

Instructor(s): Peney Wright, Eric Yoder 

Description of Activity: All of central Pennsylvania is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and there are five other watersheds that our state impact. Pennsylvania is committed to protecting these precious natural resources. A water shed is land area whose runoff drains into any river, stream, lake, and/or ocean. However, runoff from fields, lawns, pavement, and construction sites could carry potentially harmful materials from our watersheds to our rivers, bays and oceans. Even if you live, work, or play far from a river, your actions could have an impact on the quality of the water in many areas. Grants are available to fund MWEEs. 

A MWEE is…students exploring real world issues…in the field and in the classroom…students using evidence to draw conclusions and… take action! MWEEs use project-based methods, as well as, student voice and choice to engage learners in Local Issues Definition and Research, Outdoor Field Experiences, Synthesis and Conclusion, all leading towards Stewardship and Civic Action. These essential 4 student supporting practices are structured by active teacher support, local context, classroom integration and sustained activity. 

Environmental Education and Advocate Stakeholders urge all school districts to engage learners in at least one MWEE in elementary, one MWEE in middle school and one MWEE in high school.  MWEEs support PA’s New SE, EE & TE Academic Standards. During  
MWEE Session #1 we’ll walk you through a MWEE in action.  In Session #2 we will spend most of the day experiences Outdoor Field Experience. There will be time during the second session for preliminary planning for your own MWEE. 

Sessions Progression: Session #1 must be completed first, but any subsequent Session #2 workshop may be selected throughout the school year. They can be, but do not have to be, completed in close proximity. Both  sessions must be completed to earn Act 48 hours.
 

Audience: all PreK-12 educators, library/media specialists, STEM Specialists,  Instructional Coaches, special education educators

Location: Spark Lab & Outdoor Field Experience TBD

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Registration is open until 8/18/2021

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
14.0 Hours
Teaching and Learning Professional Development Teaching Techniques and Strategies
Free

Sessions

Wednesday, August 18
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2021 Session #1 August

In person training in the STEM lab.

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Thursday, August 19
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2021 Session #2 August

Field Experience

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Wednesday, September 22
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021 Session #1 September
Thursday, September 23
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021Session #2 September

Field Experience

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Wednesday, October 13
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021 Session #1 October
Thursday, October 14
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021 Session #2 October

Field Experience

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Wednesday, November 17
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021 Session #1 November
Thursday, November 18
8:30am - 4pm
Fall 2021Session #2 November
Thursday, January 27
8:30am - 4pm
Winter 21-22 Session #1 Only
Tuesday, February 22
8:30am - 4pm
Winter 21-22 Session #1 Only
Thursday, March 3
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #1 Only
Tuesday, March 22
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #1 March
Wednesday, March 23
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #2 March

Field Experience

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Tuesday, March 29
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #1 March
Wednesday, March 30
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #2 March

Field Experience

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Wednesday, April 13
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #1 April
Thursday, April 14
8:30am - 4pm
Spring 2022 Session #2 April
Wednesday, May 18
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2022 Session #1 May
Thursday, May 19
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2022 Session #2 May

Field Experience

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Wednesday, June 8
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2022 Session #1 June
Thursday, June 9
8:30am - 4pm
Summer 2022 Session #2 June

Field Experience

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