Friday, June 2, 2017

Understanding The Urban Watershed Student Summit June 6-8 At Audubon Center, Montgomery County

The University City Review reported Wednesday that on June 6 through 8, students from participating schools will join together for Understanding the Urban Watershed Student Summit held at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Audubon, Montgomery County where they will enjoy a nature scavenger hunt, hiking and canoeing, connecting what they have been learning all year in the watershed.
Participating schools include: Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, James Dobson School, William D. Kelley Elementary School, Henry C. Lea Elementary School, Andrew Jackson School, Maritime Academy Charter Middle School, Blaine Academics Plus School and La Salle Academy.
An important part of the program was the redesign of online access to the curriculum that enables teachers to navigate through each learning experience and activities with ease, including access to instructional resources, links to standards, embedded videos and assessment rubrics.
This project grew out of the Fairmount Water Works’ watershed education work, published in: Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum Guide, a framework for suggested activities related to water and urban watersheds.
“The Guide was developed and tested over several years in schools throughout Philadelphia,” says Karen Young, Executive Director of the Fairmount Water Works. “This unique curriculum is being developed at a time when the need for high quality environmental education is critical for student understanding of the issues faced not only in Philadelphia, but also across the nation.”
The Teacher Fellowship Program was made possible through many local collaborations. Teachers received monthly training with environmental experts from the Philadelphia Water Department and partner organizations.
Classroom assistance also came from students of Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and other area institutions.
An Advisory Board of curriculum experts, educators, school administrators, scientists, planners and strategists from Philadelphia Water Department and its partners provided feedback, advice and guidance for the program.
The John James Audubon Society, the Summit location’s host organization, is one of the 23 environmental education centers in the Delaware River Watershed supported by the William Penn Foundation Watershed Protection Fund to increase the number and diversity of watershed advocates, stewards and ambassadors.
Project stakeholders will come together on June 9 to celebrate the watershed exploration of area students at the Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum Project Finale, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia.
Student work will be exhibited at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.
Click Here for a presentation on Understanding the Urban Watershed Program.

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