California Water Institute for Teachers
Location: Various field sites, Solano County
Sponsored By: CA Department of Water Resources; Solano County School Water Education Program; Solano Resource Conservation District; Water Education Foundation and partners.
Description: The Solano Institute provides a comprehensive multi-day teacher training for K-12 teachers, focused on Solano County water resources and open spaces. The training will highlight the region’s complex water resources, the importance of open spaces and first-hand experiential learning opportunities.
This place-based learning experiences will provide teachers with the tools to support students in learning about local watersheds and their function, and to support development of environmental literacy about the places where students live and recreate.
Professional development curriculum for the Solano Institute includes Project WET, providing innovative, locally relevant water education training for K-12 teachers and emphasizes the use of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California’s Environmental Education Principles and Concepts.
Highlights of the institute include:
- Tour select Solano County open spaces with a focus on the specific challenges and attributes of each site;
- Receive an experiential understanding of the complexity of Solano County’s open spaces and water resources;
- Discover the latest information on the diversity and richness of county parks from local specialists;
- Receive a copy of the Project WET curriculum guide and engage in innovative, locally relevant water education activities framed around NGSS;
- Earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit;
- Go on a boat tour of Lake Berryessa with a local water engineer;
- Feast on local artisan fare for snacks and lunches;
- Receive a $250 stipend upon completion;