NRCA's Teacher Professional Learning program (TPL) will be held on the UConn Storrs Campus during three consecutive days in August (details below). The theme will be water, weaving in all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework: core ideas, key practices, and cross-cutting concepts.

TPL will focus on the connections between land use and water resource health. We'll start globally but quickly focus in on Connecticut. Concepts will be explored in the classroom but also in a half-day field tour of the UConn campus, which is known for its innovative stormwater management practices. Participants will be taught how to use existing online mapping tools to explore these concepts for themselves in ways that align with NGSS, and for their particular geographic area of interest.

This professional development workshop may be most ideal for high school teachers who teach in the Earth Sciences (via integrated or stand-alone courses), and will be teaching one of the following NGSS Performance Expectation (PE) bundles:

All participants will leave the workshop with 10-15 lessons on a Water & Sustainability Unit that are aligned with the PE bundles listed above. You can view an outline of the curriculum here. This unit was developed by UConn Neag School of Education researchers.

Day One

We’ll start at the global level but quickly bring the issues down to the regional and local scale. We’ll be in the classroom, but also carrying out field activities and field visits around the campus that illustrate points about sustainability of water resources from both the quality and quantity angles.

Day Two

The second part of the class will focus on the use of online mapping tools as a way to explore local water resources and connect them to larger issues. You will be exploring maps, but also making online maps of their own!

Day Three

On the last day, you will be devising tailored water module to take back to your students, based on templates provided by the instructors but also designed to be focused locally and to take advantage of your new skills.

Select participants and their classes may be interviewed when modules are implemented by UConn researchers to study the effectiveness of these modules.

Other Important Workshop Information

Note: Below is an example from our last workshop year. Stay tuned for future workshop offerings.

  • Dates: August 14 - 16, 2019
  • Location: University of Connecticut Main Campus, Storrs, CT
  • Program Fee: $130
  • Accommodations: Participants will make accommodations (if needed).
  • Transportation: Participants need to arrange for transportation to and from the workshop. If assistance is needed in arranging transportation, please contact the TPL Program Coordinator.
  • What to Bring:
    • Clothing:
      • Sneakers/hiking shoes that are comfortable for walking and can get dirty
      • Comfortable field clothes (e.g. t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, field pants)
      • Hat and/or sunglasses
      • Rain coat
      • Sweatshirt for air conditioned classrooms
    • Other Field Supplies:
      • Water bottle
      • Sunscreen
      • Bug spray
      • Backpack
      • Notebook/paper and pens/pencils
    • Technology (note: it is okay if you do not have these items; if you need to borrow these items, please contact the TPL Program Coordinator):
      • Laptop
      • Smartphone/mobile device (e.g. iPhone, Cellular-ready iPad, Andriod phone, Andriod tablet)

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


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