2020 Water Educator Symposium &
Project WET Workshop
August 20-21, 2020
Keystone Science School
Are you an educator who teaches adults or school-age children about water in Colorado? Join us for our annual Water Educator Symposium and Project WET workshop at Keystone Science School, August 20-21!
Water Educator Symposium
Equipping Learners for Action in a Climate of Uncertainty
August 20, 2020
Water educators consistently face questions from learners about Colorado’s water future and regularly need to put their educational activities in context despite underlying uncertainties. An issue such as climate change can increase the anxiety of all learners, but particularly children as highlighted in reports from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Washington Post, and Colorado’s own KRCC.
The Statewide Water Education Action Plan for Colorado (SWEAP) describes an impact, that by 2025, Coloradans are “Empowered to take thoughtful action regarding critical water challenges facing the state and their communities.” If we are educating in part for action, how can we better understand the relationship between uncertainty, anxiety, and action? What responsibility do we have as educators for addressing the socio-emotional needs of our learners? How do we create a welcoming environment for civic participation in our decision-making bodies? What tools exist inside the field of education to tackle this?
Please join us in Keystone for a robust discussion of these challenging issues as well as examples of educators who are tackling the issues head on. View the draft agenda here.
Project WET Educator Workshop
Activities for Hydrology, Climate & Colorado’s Water Future
August 21, 2020
Join us for this exciting workshop and become certified as a Project WET (Water Education Today) Educator!
This Project WET Educator Workshop will offer extensions to classic Project WET activities and newly-designed lesson plans to incorporate local context/hydrology, as well as scenarios for climate and Colorado’s water future. Keystone is an excellent context for this discussion as a headwaters location working to balance a world-class recreation economy with the impact of transbasin diversions and critical infrastructure including the I-70/Loveland Pass corridor and Dillon Reservoir.
Designed to challenge students and introduce new science, social studies, English, and math concepts, Project WET‘s Guide 2.0 is the perfect curriculum and activity guide for any educator. In the workshop, the facilitator will model up to six activities and participants will plan and teach a lesson to peers and receive feedback from workshop facilitators. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be certified as a Project WET Educator and will leave equipped to lead engaging, hands-on learning activities in your own learning spaces using Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 (Guide 2.0 costs $27).
View the draft agenda and academic standards correlations for each activity here.
Registration is open! Registration will be capped at 60 participants for the Symposium and 30 participants for the Project WET Workshop. You may register for one or both of the events. Breakfast and lunch are included in the Symposium and Project WET Workshop registration. Dorm-style accommodations are available for $60/night at the Keystone Science School.
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Scott Williamson by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-398-6438. We kindly request two weeks notice of need for accommodations.
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A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available depending on sponsorship. Please email email@example.com if you would like to inquire about a scholarship or if you are interested in sponsoring these events.
Water Educator Symposium – August 20
Project WET Educator Workshop – August 21
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