The River Mile Professional Development
A major feature of The River Mile is teacher training through "The River Mile Teacher Institute." Educators are led through the inquiry program by example, and learn the scientific and educational skills to lead their students through an inquiry-based science program at their own river mile. The key aim of teacher networking is the creation of professional learning communities of teachers who, through remote meetings and workshops, maintain ongoing communication and sharing of best practices among colleagues to strengthen knowledge and promote effective teaching strategies.
During 2015 The River Mile is expanding to include the entire Columbia River Watershed. Watch for new opportunities. Join now and begin connecting!
Upcoming Training Opportunities
In Person Professional Development
Connecting STEM Teachers with Scientists In The Columbia River Watershed
Instructors: Dr. Margaret Tudor &Janice ElvidgeWho: 4th-12th grade teachers
Network with Columbia River Watershed scientists and resource managers during the Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference. Through scientific presentations focusing on the Columbia River Watershed, participants will networ with and explore potential opportunities for partnerships. PEI will share tools and help you discover how you can incorporate real world projects into your curriculum.
For More Information Contact Janice Elvidge by email or phone: 509-754-7848
All webinars will be open 15 minutes prior to the actual webinar start time. Webinar participation is limited, so don't delay. Registration closes 1 work day prior.
For more information send an email to the park's Education Specialist.
Introduction to The River Mile Webinar
This webinar is a program overview of The River Mile. A quick introduction to model programs, professional development opportunities for teachers and students, networking and data sharing, and research projects. And a discussion about group participation.
To register, click on "Register" below the date and time option for which you wish to register.
ELA and NGSS Together:
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
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:
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.
Introduction to The River Mile Field Investigations
Free Registration for all educators in the Columbia River Watershed
June 18, 2014, Grand Coulee, Washington
July 21, 2014, Spokane, Washington
July 31, 2014, Astoria, Oregon
To Register: Print this flyer and mail or fax to the park (information on flyer).
For more information contact the park's education specialist.
Inquiry Field Investigations and Data Sharing
To register: print this flyer and mail or fax to the park (information on flyer).
ArcGIS Online for Education
Crayfish Study Fall Webinar
Monday September 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Are you interested in participating in The River Mile's Crayfish Study? Interested in learning what others have learned about crayfish? Join us for this webinar and learn how to identify crayfish species in the Pacific Northwest, how to collect and share your data and other opportunities available.
The River Mile Plant and Animal Data Collection with iNaturalist Webinar
Are you intersted in collecting plant and/or animal inventories of your site? Share your information with the rest of The River Mile Network and the world! Plant, animal and crayfish observations are reported through The River Mile projects in iNaturalist. During this webinar learn how to join a project, enter your observations and obtain data.
Introduction to The River Mile
Date Options: All webinars will be open 15 minutes prior to the actual webinar start time.
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!
June 13, 2014, 2:00 PM