Virginia Association of Science Teachers

Virginia Department of Education

Teacher Resources

Environmental Literacy

What is a MWEE’s and what does it mean to me as a classroom teacher?

MWEEs (meaningful watershed educational experiences) are the cornerstones of student environmental education about and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. MWEEs seek to seamlessly connect standards-based classroom learning with outdoor field investigations to create a deeper understanding of the natural environment. Specifically, MWEEs ask students to explore local environmental issues through sustained, teacher supported programming that includes, but is not limited to, issue definition, outdoor field experiences, action projects, and sharing student-developed synthesis and conclusions with the school and community.

Environmental Literacy in Virginia- information about meaningful watershed educational experiences, teacher resources, grant opportunities, professional development and more can be found on this page.

Governor McAuliffe’s Environmental Literacy Challenge

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Assessment

SOL Practice Items – Practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor of the 2010 Science SOL.

Released SOL Tests – Released SOL tests in all subjects.

Science SOL Test Blueprints – Much like the blueprint for a building, a test blueprint serves as a guide for test construction.  The blueprint indicates the content areas that will be addressed by the test and the number of items that will be included by content area and for the test as a whole. There is a blueprint for each test.

Grants

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee – Restoration and Education Grants
Applications due October 1, 2016

Applications will be accepted from private not-for-profit conservation organizations, schools and universities, and governmental agencies whose projects will affect water bodies that are located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. There is no limit on the amount that an applicant may request. More information on the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, including the application, W-9 and EDI forms (both new), grant guidelines, and a catalogue of past projects can be found at
http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr/files/PR2017.pdf.

Virginia Environmental Endowment
Applications due – December 1 and June 15
Grant-making priorities in the Virginia Program are focused on water quality, Chesapeake Bay, land conservation and use, environmental education and awareness, and other emerging issues. See the 
Virginia Program page for details, and the Proposal Submission page for application instructions.

NOAA – Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grant Program
Applications due – See grant process website at NOAA
The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (
B-WET Chesapeake) grant program supports hands-on watershed education to students and teachers to foster stewardship of the Bay. Environmentally literate citizens with the skills and knowledge to make well-informed environmental choices are key to sustaining the nation’s ocean and coastal environments.

Dominion – Environmental Stewardship Grants Program
Applications due – March 2
The Dominion Foundation will award up to $1.2 million in
environmental stewardship grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in communities served by Dominion companies. The Dominion Foundation will consider grant requests up to $50,000 that focus on specific, short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment.

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Important Links

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States

Virginia BIOSTEM Resources – The Virginia BioSTEM Resources project offers middle and high school educators a range of bioscience and technology resources they can use with their students. 

Energy in Virginia – Curriculum guide and supporting materials related to the Grade Six Science Standards of Learning energy standards.

Virginia Science Activities, Models & Simulations (SAMS) – Activities, models and simulations correlated to the 2010 Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework.

Contact Information

Anne Petersen, Ph.D. - anne.petersen@doe.virginia.gov

Jim Firebaugh -  jim.firebaugh@doe.virginia.gov

 

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