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CBF Chesapeake Classrooms

CBF's Teacher Professional Development program. This prezi is for education staff to share with teachers and to help recruit new participants.
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Tom Ackerman

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of CBF Chesapeake Classrooms

Chesapeake Classrooms
CBF's Teacher Professional
Development Program
We're getting recert credit
while having a great time!
My students are doing
amazing action projects!
This is legit. My teacher is an award-winning environmental educator!
STEM is such a big part of my classroom. The environment is the perfect tool to teach it!
I didn't realize I could use the schoolyard to hit so many state standards.
Background: In the span of 5 days, teachers learn about their local environment and how to make it part of their classroom. They earn recertification credit/hours OR graduate credit at the same time.

District of Columbia 40 PLU's
Maryland 3 MSDE credits
Pennsylvania Act 48 credits
Virginia Documentation of 45 Contact Hours
Graduate Credit: Mary Baldwin College (extra cost for graduate credit)
$300 for all 5 days?! I love getting a $1500 scholarship.
This guy has a masters and a bachelors degree in fisheries science.



This gal has a masters degree in Education with a focus on agriculture education and a bachelors degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation


And this guy grew up on Smith Island where he became a waterman at age 13. His degree is countless life experiences on the Bay.
Background: CBF is able to offer a $1500 scholarship to all Chesapeake Classrooms participants. The true cost of a 5-‐day course is $1800 per person, but CBF charges a mere $300 per person. This fee includes all education materials, activities, and food and lodging if applicable.
There are further scholarship opportunities from sources such as:
Chesapeake Bay Trust www.cbtrust.org,
VA Naturally http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/grants.shtml
Background: We partner with state education agencies and LEA’s to teach relevant material that aligns with education priorities. Our lessons and activities are specifically designed to meet Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and Maryland's Common Core State Curriculum for science education and are included in countless teachers’ annual curriculum plans.
Background: STEM material covered on CBF professional development courses offer an educational pathway to the hard sciences. Many business and technology leaders believe that an environmentally literate workforce is critical to their long‐term success and bottom line. Chesapeake Classrooms teacher participants discover how the environment can be the real‐world application for many STEM topics.
Background: In 2011, Governor McDonnell recognized CBF’s Environmental Education Program with the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in Virginia.

CBF has earned two of the nation’s top environmental honors: the President’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge Medal and the National Geographic Society Chairman’s Award.

CBF annually hosts the award‐-winning Maryland Teachers of the Year on a 3‐-day field experience, where they learn how important it is to include the environment in their classrooms.
Background: CBF’s teacher training focuses on experiential education where students learn the required material…but we show how they can learn outside. While testing and fears can keep classes chained to their desks, our teacher courses show how the schoolyard is an ideal learning environment for math, English, science, and social studies.

From graphing plant growth to observing colors, learning outside is a way to introduce a student to the world around them.
This doesn't look like my classroom
or cafeteria...
What's going on?
CBF provides high-quality professional development that meets the evolving needs of teachers and schools across the watershed

These programs enable teachers and school administrators to involve the entire school community in outdoor learning experiences that are aligned with local school system standards.

Chesapeake Classrooms focuses on methods for incorporating environmental education into the core subject areas of reading, math, science, and social studies.
Many teachers get students to Learn Outside by using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach. PBL allows classes to take the lead with their own learning, to go from concept to action, and to feel like their efforts are making a difference.
Service-learning and environmental literacy are the perfect combination. In Maryland Standard 1 for environmental literacy requires “The student will investigate and analyze environmental issues ranging from local to global perspectives and develop and implement a local action project that protects, sustains, or enhances the natural environment.” CBF shows teachers how to use service-learning as a way to take their students from environmental knowledge to action using local resources and applicable topics that show students they can make a difference.
During a professional development course with CBF, teachers create an issue investigation plan and 3 lessons that integrate the standards and can be used in schoolyards and classrooms across the watershed.
Chesapeake Classrooms uses Google Drive so all participants can access the hundreds of lessons designed by fellow Chesapeake Classrooms teachers year round.
www.cbf.org/CCsummer
This is possible thanks to the generous support of the National Geographic Education Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (for Montgomery County, MD).
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