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Professional Development

Providing professional development is a key component of the overall plan for It’s Our Water. Some IOW materials are available online, but to receive all curriculum materials, educators need to complete either a live workshop ($35) or the online workshop ($45). These in-depth professional development workshops provide educators with the know how to successfully implement It’s Our Water in the classroom. The self-paced, online workshop is available anytime for educators to take when it’s convenient for them. After successful completion, you will receive a certificate and all the IOW curriculum materials including Activity Guide CD, Video DVD, Project WET Guide, and Field Monitoring Guide. Check the 
the NC Office of Environmental Education’s Calendar of Events for the scheduled live workshops in your area or contact the IOW Coordinator to schedule a workshop in your region.

Anyone can take the online workshop, but only North Carolina residents will receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activities Guide. If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can find out how to get the Project WET guide from your state's Project WET coordinator by going to the Project WET Website.

The videos and stream activities are available to all educators for free online.

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LIVE WORKSHOPS
 
Join us as we dive into It’s Our Water! This North Carolina-specific water curriculum and resource guide is a great way to meet 8th grade hydrology standards and many High School Earth/Environmental Science standards in an engaging and hands-on way. IOW covers the importance of water quality, monitoring and maintaining water quality, and the impacts individual choices have on water quality. The curriculum centers around field activities in a local stream that lead to a final report and recommendations by the class. These activities are coordinated with a series of videos, demonstrations, classroom activities, homework and quizzes. This curriculum is coordinated with the new 2012 Essential Standards for Science in 8th grade and High School Earth/Environmental Science.
 
As part of the workshop, you will receive the It’s Our Water Curriculum on CD, the IOW DVDs, the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, and the Healthy Water, Healthy People Field Monitoring as part of the 6 to 10 hour workshop. It’s Our Water is a Criteria I workshop for the NC Environmental Education Certification and consists of 6 to 10 contact hours that may count toward CEUs for teachers. For information on upcoming workshops, please check the NC Office of Environmental Education’s Calendar of Events. You may also contact the NC Project WET and It’s Our Water State Coordinator at holly.denham@ncdenr.gov.
The IOW Live Educator Workshop is available for only $35 per person. Only North Carolina residents can take live workshops.
 
ONLINE WORKSHOP
 
Can’t make it to a live workshop? You’d rather take the workshop on your own schedule? Then sign up for the Online IOW Workshop! It’s a comprehensive online 10 credit hour workshop that takes you step by step through the curriculum, with video showing you how to do classroom and stream activities. Recorded at a live workshop with Holly Denham (State Project WET Coordinator) and Mark Townley (One of the original field test teachers for IOW), the online workshop contains 15 video lessons with downloads for you to keep and quizzes to track your progress. There is one homework assignment in which you choose and evaluate a stream for use in implementing IOW with your students. Once you successfully complete the course, you will be mailed a DVD with all 5 IOW videos; a CD with PDF’s of all 15 IOW activities, module overviews, video checklists, quizzes, resources list, and materials list; the Project WET Curriculum and Activities Guide, and the Healthy Water, Healthy People Field Monitoring.  
The IOW Online Educator Workshop is available for only $45. Anyone can take the online workshop, but only North Carolina residents will receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activities Guide. If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can find out how to get the Project WET guide from your state's Project WET coordinator by going to the Project WET Website.
 
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