Watershed Teacher Academy

The Watershed Teacher Academy is a research-based partnership with Princeton University which offers invaluable experience for educators teaching kindergarten through high school.

Learn from field-based experiments and data collection with scientists in environmental science and engineering 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 Institute 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 23  –  FRIDAY, JULY 27

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

Who: K-12 teachers

When:  Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 2018 (8:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.)

Where: 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, New Jersey

The summer institute fee is $300. Teachers participating with Princeton University and Princeton Environmental Institute interns are welcome to attend free of charge. Apply here.

For more information, contact Dr. Anne Catena at acatena@princeton.edu or call (609) 258-2536 or contact Steve Tuorto at stuorto@thewatershed.org