Watershed Science Teacher Academy

We invite science teachers to join us for a research-based partnership with Princeton and Rider Universities built to provide invaluable experience for educators teaching kindergarten through high school. Learn from field-based experiments and data collection with scientists in environmental science and engineering in order to implement the Next Generation Science Standards into your curriculum.

As a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring water in central New Jersey, the Watershed Association is prepared to host teachers in an environmental investigation of water quality and strategies to mitigate the problems of polluted stormwater runoff.

Teachers will learn about the major factors affecting water quality and the engineering principles behind water management from Watershed scientists, educators and water stewards. Teachers will design a solution to address problems of stormwater runoff created by a man-made feature on the Watershed Reserve.

Teachers will have first-hand experiences with the Science Practices as specified in the Next Generation Science Standards for their application in classroom instruction, curriculum and assessment:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Constructing explanations and defining solutions
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Monday, July 17  –  Wednesday, July 19

With: Steve Tuorto Ph.D., Director of Science and Stewardship at the Watershed.

Who: K-12 teachers (a maximum of 8 teachers)

When:  Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Where: 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, New Jersey

The summer institute fee is $300. Teachers participating in the MSP grant with Princeton and Rider Universities are welcome to attend free of charge. Apply here.

This Watershed Academy is in partnership with the MSP grant, a collaboration of Princeton University, Rider University and The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Click for a printer-friendly flyer.