Applications Open for Water Rocks! Teacher Summit

WRSummitLogo-NoYear(Print)We are pleased to announce the dates for two upcoming Water Rocks! Teacher Summits:

  • June 10-11, 2015
  • June 24-25, 2015

The Water Rocks! Summit is a FREE 2-day professional development workshop that offers training for teachers on a multitude of hands-on, interactive educational modules to help teach classroom lessons on water, soil, agriculture, environmental science, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to further their technical understanding of agricultural and environmental issues related to these topics through talks by several Iowa State University faculty and staff working in these fields.

Upon completion of the Water Rocks! Summit, each participating school district will receive a complimentary Water Rocks! activity kit valued at $800. Participating teachers will also receive a travel honorarium to cover hotel and mileage expenses.   The Water Rocks! Summit has been approved for 1 license renewal credit through Heartland AEA.

ILF blog followers, we’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word – please share this information with teachers in your local school districts and encourage them to apply.  It’s a truly unique opportunity for Iowa’s classroom teachers to further their knowledge of conservation, agricultural, and environmental issues.

Teachers must apply the Summit in teams of two from their school district (interdisciplinary and cross-age teams are encouraged) – the application deadline is February 20, 2015.   Additional information and application details are available at the 2015 Water Rocks! Teacher Summit webpage.

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NOTE: The June 2015 Summit dates are reserved for licensed, practicing K-12 teachers.  However, many non-formal educators, including 4-H and extension educators, SWCD youth outreach coordinators, watershed coordinators, naturalists, municipal/public works education personnel, scientists who frequently conduct youth outreach in the classroom, and STEM coordinators, have expressed interest in attending previous Water Rocks! Summits. The 2015 Water Rocks! Winter Summit, scheduled for December 3, 2015, is designed exclusively for you!

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This cooperative project has been funded in part through the Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Partners of Water Rocks! include Iowa Department of Natural Resources (United States Environmental Protection Agency), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and personal gifts of support.

Ann Staudt

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