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NorthBay’s Professional Development Program for Teachers

 

NorthBay created the professional development program for the same reasons we create programs for kids.

We believe that our choices and actions matter & that they have immediate and long-term impacts.  As a result of that understanding we desire empowered, solution-minded teachers who inspire our youth to take positive actions. Actions that make the world a better place for all.

The NorthBay professional development program uses Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions (IEEIA)* as its foundation. This issue-analysis curriculum set the standard for inquiry-based learning and has been validated as a force for student empowerment and action.

 

In keeping with NorthBay’s mission to serve, and the needs of our environment and society, we encourage teachers and their students to conduct issues-based research. We want teachers and their students to leverage findings into lasting solutions for local stream and river issues, and to share findings and take actions with communities that exist beyond the schoolyard.

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Program Opportunities

Use navigation buttons below to investigate NorthBay’s Professional Development Courses


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    Tributaries of Life: Riverlands

    This FREE grant-funded program is for Lancaster and York County elementary/middle/high school teachers. The geographic region of focus is the stunning Riverlands – the rolling hills, agricultural fields and hidden rocky canyons adjacent to the Susquehanna River. Teachers will learn how to use these fascinating outdoor classrooms to meet curricular goals.

    This is a 45-hour program. We will meet at Lancaster County Conservancy Preserves for three day-trips, and we will spend one weekend at NorthBay on the spectacular Chesapeake Bay.

    Professional Development Credit: Pennsylvania Teachers will receive 1.5 professional development credits upon completion.
    Dates: Overnight: At NorthBay’s North East, MD campus Sunday, July 16 at 12noon, and ending at 4pm, Monday, July 17.
    Day Trips: Lancaster County Conservancy Preserves: August 8, 9, & 10

    Housing at NorthBay: A hotel-styled room with private bathroom and mini fridge.

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    Tributaries of Life: School-Year Weeklong

    This 30-hour program is for teachers visiting with their students during NorthBay’s residential student program. Teachers participating in this program will receive in-depth instruction in inquiry/problem based learning in and around the spectacular Chesapeake Bay. Classes with students are woven into the professional development sessions so teachers will have the opportunity to immediately implement what they learn while at NorthBay. One follow up meeting will be scheduled to check in and to provide support.

    Professional Development Credit: Available. Maryland teachers will receive 2.0 CPD credits and Pennsylvania teachers will receive 1.0 professional development credits upon completion of the weeklong in-residence program and follow up meeting.
    Cost: $125.00/teacher.
    Dates: Throughout the school year
    Notes: Minimum number of teachers per session = 10.

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    Tributaries of Life: Eastern Shore, MD: Caroline, Dorchester, and Queen Anne’s Counties

    This FREE Chesapeake Bay Trust grant-funded program is for 15 middle school teachers from Caroline, Dorchester, and Queen Anne’s counties. This professional development workshop will be a one-week, residential program based at NorthBay in Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County, Maryland. The workshop has been developed to complement the instructional pace and current classroom goals of the three participating counties. This includes Environmental Literacy standards (ELIT), Next Generation Science standards and Maryland College Career and Readiness standards. Off- site trips to local streams, as well as on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the NorthBay research vessel will be conducted in order to provide hands-on modeled instruction.

    Professional Development Credit: Available. Maryland teachers will receive 3.0 CPD credits upon completion of the weeklong in-residence program and follow up meeting.
    Cost: Free
    Dates: Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017
    Housing: A hotel-styled room with private bathroom and mini fridge.

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    Tributaries of Life: Summer Weeklong

    This is a 45-hour weeklong residential program based at NorthBay Adventure Camp on the spectacular shores of the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. We will teach freshwater and estuarine ecology using an inquiry/problem-based instructional model and operate within the framework of statewide/national education standards. We will interweave sensory-based reflective practices and character reflection* to complement, extend, and amplify these ways of knowing. And. . . . we will have FUN!

    Professional Development Credit: Professional development units are available for Maryland and Pennsylvania teachers. Upon completion of the entire program, Pennsylvania Teachers will receive 1.5 professional development credits and Maryland teachers will receive 3.0 CPD credits.
    Dates: Sunday, July 30, 2017 to Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Price:   $585.00 Single occupancy room $475.00 Bunkroom
    Price includes:
    • Instruction by well-traveled, experienced educators
    • Housing in a hotel-styled room with private bathroom and mini fridge OR a bunkroom;
    • Meals beginning with lunch on Sunday and ending with lunch on Thursday
    • Transportation to local streams in Northeastern Maryland
    • Research on the Chesapeake Bay on the RV Miss Nancy
    • Sunset cruise on the RV Miss Nancy
    • One evening of adventure: Zipline, Rock Wall, Giant Swing,
    • An evening forest concert with local folk musician Shane Palko.

    *Character at NorthBay:
    Empathy, compassion, deep listening care.
    This is what we model.
    Our choices and actions matter – They have immediate and long term impacts.
    This is what we teach kids.

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    Tributaries of Life: Online (Coming Soon)

    This 45-hour multimedia online program is self-paced so that busy teachers can complete it on their own time. In addition to the web-based work, in this course we will ask teachers to spend time at their local streams and rivers so they may gain both written and experiential knowledge, before taking students to learn outdoors.
    Stay tuned for more info on this upcoming online opportunity.


Courses are accredited in Maryland & Pennsylvania (ACT 48).
Other state accreditations are in process.

Booking your Professional Development Training at NorthBay is easy. 

If you are interested in booking one of NorthBay’s upcoming Teacher Professional Development opportunities please contact: prodevelopment@ northbayadventure.org

Or, simply fill out our Registration Form below

 

About NorthBay

NorthBay is an environmental and character education program headquartered at the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay in North East, MD.  

Our core program is an intensive 5-day/4-night residential experience that uses engaging, inquiry-based environmental education curriculum to facilitate student realization that the choices they make in life impact their futures, their communities and the environment.  Targeting underserved students from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, NorthBay serves over 10,000 students from over 150 schools in this core program annually.

The NorthBay Extended (NEXT) program delivers our inquiry-based model into the classroom, schoolyard and community by integrating a hands-on, Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum with character development and leadership.

Read more about NorthBay’s Education as well as our Group Retreat opportunities through our various links on our website: northbayadventure.org

Terms & Conditions

Click below to download NorthBay’s Health & Release Form, indicating the terms and conditions for attending our Teacher Professional Development courses. You will need to email this signed form to your NorthBay point of contact, or bring a signed copy with you upon arrival.
Download NorthBay’s Terms & Conditions Form Here

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Hungerford, H. R., Volk, T. L., Ramsey, J. M., Litherland, R. A., & Peyton, R. B. (2003). Investigating and evaluating environmental issues and actions: Designed as a critical thinking, problem solving approach to local regional and international issues. Champaign, IL: Stipes.