The goals of the program are threefold: a) to help teachers learn about water resources, b) translate this knowledge into curricular resources for use in secondary classrooms, and c) positively impact students’ learning about water resources.
Participants will complete nine credit hours of UNL graduate coursework and, upon successful completion of the program, receive WELS2 certification. This integrated project is grounded in a partnership involving the Science Literacy Initiative, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, UNL water scientists, The Groundwater Foundation, and four Nebraska school districts. Project goals and objectives are directly aligned with AFRI’s Water Resources Challenge Area and priorities of USDA-NIFA, reflect prior STEM education research, and are grounded in state, national, and international STEM education reform efforts, including alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The project will help catalyze a self-sustaining and non-exhaustive professional development model that leverages, builds upon, and enhances existing UNL programs, including on online master’s degree for K-12 STEM educators, the National Center for Agricultural Literacy, and other grant-funded projects at UNL focused on K-16 teaching and learning about water.