It takes a village to build and sustain formal and
informal environmental educational partnerships. Join the nonprofit ShoreRivers,
Maryland's Wicomico County Public Schools, and funder The Chesapeake Bay Trust,
as they share how the "Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Academy"
created 15 unique partnerships and curricula that support Next Generation
Science Standards and Maryland's Environmental Literacy Standards, and
connected students with their communities.
1. The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience provides a curriculum framework that embraces and enhances formal and informal partnerships that support Next Generation Science Standards.
2. Formal and informal educators can collaborate to support Environmental Literacy through local issue investigations that culminate in students doing science while engaging directly with field professionals and community networks while advocating for community solutions.
3. Best practices for informal and formal collaborations and funding opportunities to support systemic and sustainable partnerships.
Suzanne Sullivan (ShoreRivers: Easton, MD), Mairin Corasaniti (Education & Outreach Coordinator: Easton, MD), Hemalatha Bhaskaran (Wicomico County Public Schools: Salisbury, MD)