Meaningful watershed education experiences (MWEEs) can support implementation of education standards, as well as promote effective outdoor experiences and stewardship. We worked closely with educators to develop a collaborative pathway to produce high-quality standard-based MWEEs. This proven pathway is now available to you!
Specifically, the Making the Link Pathway is built on the premise that collaboration and peer-review provides a robust pathway for writing high-quality standards-based MWEEs that teachers can and will use in their classroom. In additional to linking NGSS with MWEEs, it links curriculum writers with environmental education (EE) providers to apply their shared expertise in classroom instruction and outdoor education to develop MWEEs and, via “Peer Advisory System,” to ensure they are of high quality.
The Pathway consists of four progressive steps:
- Establish a partnership between curriculum writers and EE providers
- Collaboratively develop the first draft of a high-quality standards-based MWEE
- Get draft MWEE reviewed by a peer(s) via the Peer Advisory System
- Revise the draft MWEE based on peer review
Click here to access the Making the Link Pathway that will support you in collaboratively developing high-quality standards-based MWEEs
Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (3 years, NA17NMF4570273)
Partners and Contributors:
- Britt Slattery and Coreen Weilminster, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Donna Balado and Kirsten Jackson, Maryland State Department of Education
Amy Green and Karen Kelly-Mullin, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Bart Merrick and Elise Trelegan, NOAA
Mary Helen Gillen, Pickering Creek Audubon Center