Professional Development Workshop
AWSM Teacher Training
July 9th-12th, 2017
Spruce Knob Mountain Center, Circleville, WV
Immerse yourself in water quality monitoring techniques and the wonders of headwater streams and ecosystems. You will have the opportunity to learn about effective classroom resource and curriculum potential from watershed professionals and veteran teachers in the program. Each participant may become a certified WV Save Our Streams Monitor, and continuing education credit is available for interested participants. Open to teachers, watershed organizers, and concerned citizens. Through participation in the workshop, you will:
Become proficient in the WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Save our Streams monitoring protocols Meet science and social studies standards with exciting activities that link classroom and field activities while engaging students in STEM and Project Based Learning studies Utilize quantitative and qualitative scientific data collected from a local stream by your students with the support of TMI’s professional educators Teach students to navigate new and existing data to make their own maps and charts while developing spatial understanding and analytical thinking skills Learn to apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through practical use
Room, board, and materials are provided to participating school teachers. Other participants may be eligible as well.
Interested in joining our AWSM Network? Your school will be eligible for a $5,000 mini-grant!
For more information about the full, multi-tier program, please visit our AWSM section above or contact our Program Manager, at (304) 567-2632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Folks are Saying
We are currently in the process of exploring a Trout in The Classroom project because of the interest that was piqued during the AWSM activities. – Julie Colaw, 5th grade science teacher, Petersburg Elementary School
Experience Learning and their staff make our school trips possible. From scouting things out before hand, to keeping everyone fed, safe, entertained and informed during the trip, none of it would be possible without their professionalism. They create a safe environment that allows students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and take risks while being fully supported. All of this translates to huge growth at home both in and out of the classroom. – Evan Schlissel, Winston Prep NY
The leaders at Experience Learning do an extraordinary job of utilizing “outdoor education” to create opportunities for our boys to learn, grow, and develop an appreciation for our world beyond traditional classroom environments, which is valuable on too many levels to fully celebrate. – Mike Wallace, Gilman School
Experience Learning has for a long time been dedicated to understanding our students, and on each trip builds a program to meet our goals. The experience we have each year creates a channel for learning that helps students further understand and internalize skills for planning, organization, problem solving and risk taking, and shows how these skills lead to success and happiness. We also have a wonderful time, and the experience is a staple of school culture and our collective memories. – Greg Koehlert, headmaster, Winston Prep
Our trip to SKMC has now turned into an annual event that is not only highly anticipated, but essential to bringing together the social dynamics of our class as we prepare for a year of working together. Additionally, my students feel empowered and connected to each other from our adventures that carries on through our schoolwork. – Jen Osha Buysse, teacher, Morgantown Learning Academy
Hands down Experience Learning’s Water Sampling trip (AWSM) for my 5th graders this past year has been the highlight of my career thus far! – Megan Bacorn, teacher
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler