Goal: To train teachers in field-based, classroom-supported watershed education.
Details: Get WET trained and supported teachers to allow them to lead their own field experiences and follow-up activities for students. This facilitated longer-term meaningful watershed education experiences that did not rely on external expertise. The project served approximately 50 middle- and high-school teachers per year during the first two years; 110+ new teachers over 3 years; and, through them, approximately 4,700 students from across New England. The project ended on March 30, 2013.
Components of the project included:
1 Employing a collaborative project structure
Get WET partner institutions generated greater impact than each could effect individually. Participating teachers benefited from each partner’s unique expertise; opportunities to work with peers from other states; and connections with regional marine educator networks.
2 Utilizing local field-based resources.
All partners were nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing ocean literacy, with experience teaching in and about the local ecosystem. Each partner institution worked with a local school system, and the project encompassed both urban and rural districts.
3 Capitalizing on existing education resources.
The project established formal connections with NOAA advisors and other New England BWET programs, providing deep sources of content and activities from which teacher-participants could draw.
4 Supporting participants’ continuing professional development.
Teacher-participants received funding to present at NMEA Chapter and National Conferences, and past participants were invited to present at subsequent Get WET trainings.
“A very informative and interesting workshop. Made me appreciate the ocean environment more and understand a great deal about it. Also provided me with many ways to make learning a more meaningful experience for my students: more observation, modeling, hands on experience, and quiet reflection time.” – BOAT CAMP Participant
For more information on Get WET: Billy Spitzer, New England Aquarium, firstname.lastname@example.org
We gratefully acknowledge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education for supporting this project, under Grant No. NA10NMF4690132