• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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The River Mile Professional Development

Upcoming and Past professional development opportunities:

In-Person 2014 Workshops

ELA and NGSS Together:
Making Sense of ELA Performance Assessments Using Field Studies

Instructor: Nancy Skerritt and Margaret Tudor


Dates and Locations:

June 24, 2014 Spokane, Washington

June 25, 2014 Grand Coulee, Washington

June 30, 2014 Pasco, Washington

Cost: FREE

6 FREE Clock Hours Included

This workshop is designed to help grade 4-8 teachers navigate the Common Core ELA by exploring ELA performance assessments using links to outdoor learning experiences. This integrated approach applies the ELA standards to rich content rather than teaching the skills in isolation. The facilitators will model using ELA Performance tasks as a springboard into field studies and project-based learning. The field study provides the anchor experience for the ELA performance task and serves as an introduction to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

During the workshop teachers will:

  • build on their Common Core ELA Standards and Assessment background knowledge
  • gain experience integrating NGSS with ELA standards
  • walk away with a tool kit to help them customize performance tasks for their curriculum.

Nancy Skerritt, M.A.T., PEI Faculty, retired Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning in the Tahoma School District, has authored & provides in-service on curriculum units and performance tasks and assessment supporting field studies, NGSS & Common Core.

Margaret Tudor, Ph.D in Science Education, as Executive Director of the Pacific Education Institute (PEI), a 501c3, leads the statewide effort to ensure all K-12 students get outside the classroom to learn rigorous Field STEM.

Printable flyer To Register contact Janice Elvidge, Eduation Specialist at 509-754-7848

Field Investigations

Free Registration for all educators in the Columbia River Watershed

Explore the connections between the land and the water through inquiry-based activities. Learn how to create and lead field investigations, and lead students to develop their own field investigations. Take your student activities and research projects to the next level! This program features: formulate questions about the site; design and conduct a field investigation; prepares you to conduct similar programs with your students! FREE clock hours

For more information contact the park's education specialist.

ArcGIS Online for Education

Learn about GIS and how you can use it with your students in a variety of applications and settings. Explore creating online maps, collecting and adding data to those maps, share maps in galleries, use mobile devices and learn about additional opportunitites with ArcGIS.

Project WET
Learn how to incorporate environmental education into your existing science, language arts and social studies curriculums and The River Mile. Participants receive the most recent edition of the Project WET curriculum guide.Lessons are specifically chosen to support The River Mile projects.

Project Learning Tree and Project WILD
Learn how to incorporate environmental education into your exisiting science, language arts and social studies curriculums and The River Mile. Lessons are specifically chosen to support The River Mile projects.

2014 Webinars
For more information and to register for a webinar send an email to the park's Education Specialist.

Introduction to The River Mile
This webinar provides an overview of model student lessons, professional development opportunties, participation in the network and expectations.

Introduction to ArcGIS Online

This webinar is an overview of the online mapping program ArcGIS Online. In this overview you will see what is available through the free online capabilities as well as through the subscription service for organizations. See what you can do with maps!

The River Mile Image Credit: NPS/LARO

Did You Know?

Construction equipment for clearing the lakebed

When the Grand Coulee Dam was finished and the lake filled, 11 towns were submerged. Every structure was cleared or burned. Soon, the rising waters covered the forlorn concrete foundations with water and darkness. Some towns died, others were built above the new lake, replacing what was lost.