March 21, 2018

Rivers2Lake Education Program accepting teacher applications

Rivers2Lake, a dynamic education program that helps teachers integrate Lake Superior into standards-based curriculum, is accepting applications from teachers in the Lake Superior Watershed.

Rivers2Lake, a dynamic education program that helps teachers integrate Lake Superior into standards-based curriculum, is accepting applications from teachers in the Lake Superior Watershed.

Educators in any subject or grade level are eligible to participate

Rivers2Lake, a dynamic education program that helps teachers integrate Lake Superior into standards-based curriculum, is accepting applications from teachers in the Lake Superior Watershed. 

To apply, visit Rivers2Lake to download a flyer and application. Applications are due by May 1, 2018. Educators in any subject or grade level are eligible to participate.

With $124,000 in new 2018-2019 competitive grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Wisconsin Sea Grant program, the Rivers2Lake program offers benefits to teachers and schools. Funding covers bus transportation, on-water learning experiences, student admission to the Great Lakes Aquarium and the new Lake Superior Estuarium, classroom resources that support outdoor and inquiry-based learning, and an honorarium of $500 for successful participation.

Teachers participate in the Rivers2Lake Summer Institute from July 31-August 3, 2018, where they learn about the lake from scientists, resource management agencies, and cultural experts, along with place-based and outdoor learning methods. During the year, education staff at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior and the Superior Rivers Watershed Association in Ashland provide support and co-teaching in Rivers2Lake classrooms bi-monthly. Staff help teachers find and create the resources they need to meet and exceed educational standards using Lake Superior as an integrating context year round. A multi-year evaluation of the Rivers2Lake program demonstrated that the program significantly increased student academic engagement and teacher confidence in using place-based learning.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 Reserves in the United States. The research and outreach program is based at UW-Superior and operated by UW-Extension with leadership from NOAA. The Reserve encompasses over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary and operates the Lake Superior Estuarium exhibit hall open to the public on Barkers Island in Superior.

Rivers2Lake, a dynamic education program that helps teachers integrate Lake Superior into standards-based curriculum, is accepting applications from teachers in the Lake Superior Watershed.

Rivers2Lake, a dynamic education program that helps teachers integrate Lake Superior into standards-based curriculum, is accepting applications from teachers in the Lake Superior Watershed.

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