The funds for this grant allow us to pilot a program in the schools noted below that brings together English teachers and Geography teachers for the purpose of extracting environmental processes from novels. The impetus for this program is based on our belief that the theme of people and the environment will be one of the most important topics of the 21st century.
Schools participating in the pilot grant:
The Linsly School, Morgantown High, Capital High, George Washington, Sissonville, Point Pleasant, Huntington High, Westside, PikeView, Princeton, PikeView Middle, and Scott Middle
(Funding sources: Benedum Foundation/The National Geographic Society (NGS)/West Virginia Board of Education)
This grant was presented and discussed at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in Washington, D.C. (August 6-9). Seventeen public school teachers^ and five university professors* were in attendance.
1 - Boone County
2 - Berkeley County
3 - Cabell County
4 - Fayette County
5 - Kanawha County
6 - Mercer County
7 - Ohio County
8 - Pleasants County
In West Virginia, the National Geographic’s Chesapeake Bay Science and Geography Initiative will be implemented by The Mountain Insitute's (TMI) Appalachia Program in partnership with Concord University. TMI’s existing Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) program will expand its services to provide professional development in three different formats to 50 teachers from West Virginia during the two-year grant period, including: summer field trainings for teachers in watershed assessment; outdoor, stream sampling opportunities with students to further train teachers to collect and enter data from a local stream (spring or fall); and winter technology-focused workshops for teachers integrating field data and classroom GIS activities.
These learning opportunities will be developed and led by TMI’s team of watershed education instructors. The summer field training will be conducted at TMI’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Pendleton County, WV, located at the highest point in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Visitors to this site will have the opportunity to see where the Potomac River is born as it begins its journey to the Chesapeake Bay.
(Funding sources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)/ The National Geographic Society (NGS))