Teacher Professional Development

Summer 2022 


Champlain Research Experience for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)

Program dates: June 27-July 1 

The Champlain Research Experience for Secondary Teachers (CREST) 2.0 Program will engage grade 7-12 teachers in an exploration of Lake Champlain Basin research through authentic investigations alongside scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, and teacher educators.  CREST 2.0 builds on the original CREST Program by offering teachers opportunities to engage in new research experiences at Shelburne Farms and at UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Labs. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to integrate project, proficiency, and place-based teaching practices as they develop a project based on the CREST touchstones to be implemented in their classrooms during the academic year.  CREST program activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Computer Science Teacher Association Standards (CSTA) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA and Mathematics. New emphasis will be placed on computational thinking skills and proficiencies. 

For more information contact: Ashley Eaton, akeaton [at] uvm.edu  


Stormwater Education Methods (NR 295/395 - 1 credit) - August 2-4  

This course will allow teachers to understand the key concepts of a stormwater stewardship curriculum so as to be able to effectively implement it with upper elementary, middle and/or high school students. To become familiar with curriculum content, course participants will engage in hands-on learning to understand the definition of, sources of, and impacts of stormwater on surface water bodies. In addition, they will learn uses for and mechanism of operation for a variety of types of green stormwater infrastructure practices. The course will also provide participants with information about opportunities and steps to implement and maintain various green stormwater infrastructure practices. 

For more information contact: Ashley Eaton, akeaton [at] uvm.edu   


Watershed for Every Classroom (3 credits) - Program Dates TBD 

Watershed for Every Classroom (WEC) is a year-long professional development experience for K-12 educators in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont, New York and Québec, brought to you by CBEI - the Champlain Basin Education Initiative.  A Watershed for Every Classroom is a year-long, supported professional development program for educators who teach in the Lake Champlain Basin, presented by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. The stories of the Lake Champlain Basin offer multiple ways to teach all subjects; engage students in learning in their community; and provide a way to integrate content, service, and a sense of belonging to one’s home place. We will explore how people, places, and things tell the stories of the Lake Champlain Basin and offer our students the opportunity to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of content, community engagement, and sense of place.  Teams of two or more educators are encouraged to apply. Individuals are also welcome.   The year long program kicks off with a week-long summer intensive in mid- July and continues through out the  school year.   The program is most suited for educators working in grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.

Want to learn more? Complete this online interest form

For more information contact: Ashley Eaton, akeaton [at] uvm.edu  



Fall 2022 

Watershed Wise Teacher Training

Offered each Fall and Spring Watershed Alliance holds teacher trainings for teachers participating in the Stream Monitoring and Stewardship program. Participation in the training ensures that you will be eligible for future programs as well as getting seniority for borrowing Watershed Alliance equipment and materials.

The training covers the hands-on activities of the Stream Monitoring and Stewardship program which was developed over fifteen years ago for middle and high school students and their teachers. Additionally, we will discuss helpful pre-teaching resources as well as examples of stewardship and outreach projects.

For VT trainings contact Caroline Blake, watershd [at] uvm.edu

For NY trainings contact Nate Trachte, ntrac002 [at] plattsburgh.edu