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.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

In Person Professional Development

The River Mile Lake Roosevelt Schools Training
September 28, 2016
Location: TBD
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Free!

Free Clock Hours

This training is for new and returning teachers from schools around Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Come learn what's new with The River Mile and participation options. Meet new park staff and explore NGSS and The River Mile.

Registration will be available soon!

Introduction to FieldSTEM® In The Columbia River Watershed
October 5, 2016
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Grand Coulee, WA
Class Size: 20
Cost: $30
Register for FieldSTEM and Data Analysis and save $5!

Free Clock Hours

Presented by Janice Elvidge, NPS Education Specialist and The River Mile Executive Director

Explore NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and ELA performance assessments using the outdoors as the classroom. Training is open to all grades, but lessons are geared for middle and high school teachers.

Participants will:

  • Participate in outdoor field investigations –using NGSS 3-dimensional instruction
  • Engage in performance tasks that introduces the science of natural resources and the environment
  • Receive resources to customize field investigations for planning aFieldSTEM™unit
  • Receive PEI's Field Investigation Guide and Designing High Impact Field Experiences Guide

Registration will be available soon!

Data Analysis with ArcGIS Online

October 6, 2016

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Where: Location to be determined

Class size: 20

Cost: $30
Register for FieldSTEM and Data Analysis and save $5!
Free Clock Hours

Presented by Janice Elvidge, NPS Education Specialist and The River Mile Executive Director


What do I do with all these numbers?
Introduction to ArcGIS Applications and Data Analysis
Explore NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts related to data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Participants will:

  • Collect and interpret data
  • Practice building models to illustrate interactions, design solutions and construct explanations
  • Ask questions and define problems using ArcGIS Online

Registration will be available soon!

Connecting STEM Teachers with Scientists In The Columbia River Watershed

A Joint Pacific Education Institute, Lake Roosevelt Forum and National Park Service Professional Development Opportunity

November 14-16, 2016

Instructors: Dr. Margaret Tudor &Janice ElvidgeWho: 4th-12th grade teachers
What: Next Generation Science Standards and Columbia River Watershed Science
When: @9:00 AM Monday November 14th to 5:00 PM Wednesday November 16, 2016.
Where: Spokane, Washington, Davenport Hotel

Cost: $45
Includes Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference Registration and a number of meals
Free Clock Hours!
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2016

This year the teacher training will be held in conjunction with The River Mile's first Conference for educators, students, and informal educators!!! Monday November 14th will feature general sessions, specialized training sessions and keynote speaker Juan D. Martinez http://www.juandmartinez.com/ More details to come.....

During the Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference network with Columbia River Watershed scientists and resource managers. Through scientific presentations focusing on the Columbia River Watershed, participants will network 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

Registration details soon.

Webinars

Webinars will be scheduled soon! Stay tuned!

Past Events

In Person

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

Instructor: Nancy Skerritt and Margaret Tudor

8:30AM-3:30PM

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

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


This program features The River Mile's model student programs. Explore the connections between the land and the water through inquiry-based activities. Learn how to lead field investigations for participation in The River Mile. Part 1 of a 2 part training. FREE clock hours

Workshop features:

  • Learn more about The River Mile
  • Observations skills
  • NatureMapping
  • Descriptive Investigation
  • Data Collection
  • Water Quality Field Investigation

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
Free
Dates and Locations:
June 26-27, 2014, Grand Coulee, Washington
August 1-2, 2014 Astoria, Oregon
August 6-7, 2014 Spokane, Washington

Workshop Features:

  • Formulate questions about an outdoor site
  • Design and conduct a research project/experiment
  • Prepare to conduct your own program supported by The River Mile model programs
  • Learn how to share data you and your students collect with scientists and The River Mile Network.
  • Part 2 of the 2 part training.

To register: print this flyer and mail or fax to the park (information on flyer).

ArcGIS Online for Education
8:00AM-5:00PM
TBD
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
8:00AM-5:00PM
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
8:00AM-5:00PM
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.

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

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
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.

Date Options: All webinars will be open 15 minutes prior to the actual webinar start time.
To register, click on the date and time option listed below for which you wish to register.
Webinars are limited, so don't delay. Registration closes 1 work day prior.
June 13, 2014, 1:00 PM
June 16, 2014, 3:30 PM
July 2, 2014, 10:00 AM
July 17, 2014, 5:00 PM
July 22, 2014, 11:00 AM

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!


Date Options: All webinars will be open 15 minutes prior to the actual webinar start time.
To register, click on the date and time option listed below for which you wish to register.
Webinars are limited, so don't delay. Registration closes 3 days prior.
Dates and Times:

June 13, 2014, 2:00 PM
June 16, 2014, 4:30 PM
July 2, 2014, 10:00 AM
July 17, 2014, 6:00 PM
July 22, 2014, 12:00 Noon

 
The River Mile Image Credit: NPS/LARO

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive

Coulee Dam, WA 99116

Phone:

(509) 754-7800

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