About Teacher Professional Learning

 

Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) is a new program formed under the partnership of faculty from UConn's Center for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR), Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE), and Neag School of Education. This 3-day professional development workshop for secondary school teachers will immerse participants in relevant local and regional water resource issues and online mapping tools to study these issues further. Each participant will design 5-7 classes on a Water and Sustainability Science unit based on Next Generation Science Standards during the workshop that can be tailored to their needs.

 

The TPL is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP), now in its fifth year of educating high school students on conservation science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct local projects.  On CAP recruiting trips, we are often told by teachers that they wished that there was a CAP program that they could attend.  While the TPL does not exactly reproduce the intensive week that the students experience during the CAP, it does provide hands-on training on natural resources management (in this case focusing on water) and online geospatial tools.  Connecticut’s recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards was the final catalyst for the development of the TPL, which aims to both educate the participants and simultaneously enable them to go back and teach a cohesive, NGSS-compliant module on their local water resources (see TPL Training for more information).

Our Background

NRCA’s Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) program is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) )—a program with over 5 years of training high school students in environmental science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct projects that directly advance conservation strategies statewide. On CAP recruiting trips, we are often told by teachers that they wished that there was a CAP program that they could attend. While the TPL does not exactly reproduce the intensive week that the students experience during the CAP, it does provide hands-on training in natural resources management (in this case focusing on water) and online geospatial tools. Connecticut’s recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards was the final catalyst for the development of the TPL, which aims to both educate the participants and simultaneously enable them to go back and teach cohesive, NGSS-compliant modules on their local water resources (see TPL Training for more information).

Expertise and resources available at UConn, the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, the Center for Land Use Education & Research, Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, and the Neag School of Education.

Training

This 3-day professional development workshop for secondary school teachers will immerse participants in relevant local and regional water resource issues and online mapping tools to study these issues further. Each participant will design 5-7 modules on a Water and Sustainability Science unit based on Next Generation Science Standards during the workshop that can be tailored to their needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Laura Cisneros, NRCA Program Coordinator

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