This summer, AWW launched a brand-new curriculum and set of educator workshops focused on the book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge, by former AWW Director, Dr. Bill Deutsch. The project was made possible with special funding from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission (Alabama 200), support of the Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
The project resulted in An Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers that has 9 Modules that are based on the River Celebrations presented in the book:
Each Module contains 1-3 lessons that are correlated to the Alabama Course of Study for grades 4-7 for subjects including social science, science, and visual arts, but can be easily adapted for other grade levels and subjects. In addition, the Guide provides educators with tools that can be utilized to create additional lessons.
To date, a total of 4 workshops have been facilitated around the state. During each workshop, the educators have received a copy of Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge, An Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers, and some teaching materials. They have also had the option to receive Continuing Education Units for their participation. Partners from each hosting organization have contributed knowledge unique to the location. In addition, each workshop has included a water-related field trip or activity that educators could potentially replicate with their students. Educators who have participated have included: formal teachers who will use the curriculum in their classrooms, 4-H agents who will adapt the lessons for club activities and in-school enrichment, as well as other informal educations and community volunteers.
So far, the curriculum has been well-received and participants have provided valuable feedback that AWW Staff will use for its improvement.
There are still at least two opportunities to attend an Educator Workshop in 2019. Legacy, Inc. is sponsoring the following workshop opportunities:
- September 21st – Turtle Point Science Center from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Alabama Rivers Workshop
- November 9th – Cheaha State Park from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm- Alabama Rivers Workshop
*Registration is only $35 and is managed through Legacy.
Contact the AWW Office with any questions!