Sponsoring Continuing Education for Local Teachers
Teachers often spend their summer months taking classes to expand their teaching knowledge and to earn continuing education college credit. West Greeley Conservation District helped sponsor two collaborations.
In June the annual Confluence Institute – Focus on Watershed was a hybrid, part virtual and part in-person, teacher education opportunity, where teachers could earn two college credits from UNC. Annually, WGCD joins forces with Colorado Central Water Conservancy District, the Poudre Learning Center and the City of Greeley to facilitate this experience. They explored surface water and ground water interaction, learned about aquifer characteristics, irrigation techniques, soil properties, and visited some burn sites in the mountains. Teachers gained many useful classroom materials to share with their students.
In July we participated and co-sponsored the Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom five-day professional development course. Tours of farms and ranches, food production facilities, and learning innovative standards-based ways to incorporate food, fiber, fuel, and natural resource topics into their academic curriculum. Developing new opportunities for teachers will enhance their students learning.