Apply to the Watershed Classroom
Apply Now for the Spring 2019
To apply, first download and complete the lesson-plan formatted proposal. Once completed, fill out the brief application form below and attach your completed project proposal.
Expectations of Watershed Classroom Teachers
Attempt to the best of their ability to complete the curriculum outlined in their proposal.
Administer WC provided pre- and post- assessments to gauge student learning.
Share project photos and classroom materials with our Watershed Classroom coordinator.
Send 2 or more student representatives to our annual Watershed Classroom Student Showcase.
Complete a reflective end of year survey.
your Project Proposal will include…
An Essential question: A central question that focuses your project and student learning.
Key learning objectives: Concrete objectives for student knowledge, understanding, and performance.
At least three outdoor fieldwork activities
State standards: CA Common Core, CA History and Social Science Content Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and/or CA Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
A public product: Students have a way to share their work with the community.
A clear connection to the Petaluma Watershed
An orientation: Watershed Classroom staff will visit your class to welcome students to the Watershed Classroom and discuss watershed features and facts.
You may choose to facilitate your own in-class orientation. Click here for orientation requirements.
A printable version of the above requirements and expectations.
Requirements and suggestions for teachers who would prefer to create their own Watershed Classroom orientation event.
Guidelines for participation in the Watershed Classroom Student Showcase.
The structure of the Watershed Classroom is inspired by the Buck Institute for Education's Project Based Learning Guidelines. Understanding PBL will give teachers a better understanding of what a Watershed Classroom project should look like and why.