About Teacher Professional Learning

 

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 leave with 10-15 lessons on a Water and Sustainability Science unit based on Next Generation Science Standards that can be tailored to their needs.

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. TPL is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP), a program that trains high school students in natural resources science and pairs them with local conservation organizations to conduct community projects. While recruiting for CAP, we are often told by teachers that they wish that they could attend CAP.  While the TPL does not exactly reproduce the intensive week that the students experience during 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 TPL, which aims to both educate the participants and simultaneously enable them to go back and teach a cohesive, NGSS-compliant unit on their local water resources (see TPL Training for more information).

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 leave with 10-15 lessons on a Water and Sustainability Science unit aligned with Next Generation Science Standards that can be tailored to their needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Laura Cisneros, Assistant Extension Professor

Our Background

NRCA’s Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) program is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP)—a program that trains high school students in natural resources science and pairs them with local conservation organizations to conduct projects that directly benefit communities and advance conservation strategies statewide. TPL extends the NRCA experience to secondary science teachers by providing 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 lessons on their local water resources.

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.

Our Mission

The NRCA mission is to engage diverse teen and adult participants in natural resources conservation through place-based, experiential outdoor education, and facilitate community action through collaborative partnerships that contribute to local environmental solutions.

Our Vision

The NRCA vision encompasses:

  • A statewide, vibrant, and robust network of multi-sector partners that brings together scientific, educational, and community expertise and resources to support local-level natural resource initiatives;
  • Communities across Connecticut equipped with knowledge and skills to address environmental issues, empowering them to improve and protect local natural resources; and
  • Individuals, both independently and collectively, recognizing systems of oppression, confronting them, and striving to promote and uphold educational justice, environmental justice, and racial equity.

 

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