Eco Club member Jackson H. presented the Green School application process to the Crellin School staff. Staff meetings occur one day a week from 3:45-4:45.
1.2.2 Environmental Education Professional Development
One hundred percent of Crellin School full-time instructional staff have participated in environmental eduation professional development in the past four years.
Susan Friend has participated in early childhood professional development including Growing Up Wild, STEM workshops, and county based "T.E.D.D.Y B.E.A.R" workshops focusing on student research and thematic units. Kristin Spiker, Maryland Extension Office, supports Mrs. Friend by modeling gardening and nutrition lessons.
Megan Knepp is new to Crellin School this year. She has attended a MAEOE conference and Project Learning Tree Workshop prior to coming to Crellin.
Amanda Mayne has participated in the PIERS Program with the Appalachian Laboratory. Through this professional development she was trained on best practices for teaching about soil. In addition, she is mentored by Dr. James Thompson, West Virginia University, on integrating content areas into her environmental science lessons. He also provides assistance to ensure that the content taught is scientifically accurate. In the photo below Dr. Thompson is modeling a lesson on integrating map skills with a lesson on different types of soils in various geographical regions with the second grade class.
Carrie Hordubay has participated in the Flying Wild Workshop and Project Learning Tree. This year she attended a workshop hosted by DNR and Hood College focusing on Trout In the Classroom. In an effort to egage her students in a hands-on research study she collaborated with Sarah Deacon, Canaan Valley Institute, to learn about and design lessons on soil and plants. Pictured below is Sarah Deacon in the third grade classroom.
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Linda Stephens has taken classes at Mary Baldwin College, including Math in the Garden and Natural Research Investigations. She has also participated in three Maryland Math/Science Partnership Grants focusing on Environmental Science and Energy in collaboration with Glenville State College. To extend student learning on composting, Dr. James Thompson of WVU collaborates and teaches with Mrs. Stephens.
Brittany German has attended two National Agriculture in the Classroom conferences. She presented about Crellin's agricultural program at one conference. Dr. David Miller, retired chemist, assists Mrs. German with the development and facilitation of lessons related to a variety of environmental topics including natural resources and energy. Dr. MIller and Mrs. German facilitate student-led research projects. One project resulted in the installation of a solar powered chicken door in our barn and another resulted in the building of a sundial on the school property. For video documentation filmed by Edutopia, press the button Co-Teaching with Community Experts below. u
Karen Gilpin has been instrumental in the development of the BARN program. She traveled to Kansas and spent four days collaborating with teachers at an elementary school with an established agricultural program. She provided professional development to Crellin staff on ways to integrate agricultural practices into the curriculum.
Dana McCauley has attended and /or presented at several educational conferences including MAEOE, National Agriculture in the Classroom, and Maryland Agriculture in the Classroom. She participated in three Maryland Math/Science Partnership Workshops, Trout in the Classroom workshops, and two WV Science Teachers Association Conferences.
1.2.3 Additional Professional Development
In an effort to maintain our school's environmental focus and implement the Next Generation Science Standards, in June 2016 all instructional staff attended a three day workshop to create a plan to merge these two initiatives. Grade level teachers dove into the standards and realigned lessons, activities, and projects so our environmental education efforts could be used as a means to teach the new standards. Pictured below is part of the second grade scroll.