What: Rain, Runoff, and Rivers: Understanding Watersheds Workshop
When: November 4-6, 2011 & April 13-14, 2011
Where: Mount Vernon, Iowa
Accommodations: (319) 895-0055. Sleep Inn, 310 Virgil Avenue, Mount Vernon, IA 52314 (Cedar Rapids area - US 30 & IA 1)
Registration: Click here to register.
Theme | Issue | Course | Course Expectations | Instructional Model | Instructional Support | Workshop Schedule | Update Schedule | Institutional Support | Instructional Staff | Presenters
Rain, Runoff, and Rivers: Understanding Watersheds
The Iowa floods of 2008 called our attention to a major environmental problem in a dramatic way. Many people were directly involved, many more indirectly. In presenting different ideas about dealing with the problem, they formulated issues and sub-issues.
In part, differing ideas were formed as a result of a lack of knowledge of watersheds and the effects of rain, runoff, and rivers. The different beliefs and values of people were also responsible for the diversity among ideas on how to resolve the issues.
The purpose of this program is to help educators and their students understand watersheds, the differing beliefs about rain, runoff, and rivers, to make responsible decisions, and to take appropriate action to mitigate future flooding.
Should action be taken to change the runoff in our own watershed?
The eii model utilizes:
- Iowa Core Curriculum Essential Skills
- Iowa core Characteristics of Effective Instruction
- Rigor & Relevance
- Differentiated Instruction
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Learning Cycles
Thematic Integration of:
- Social Studies
- Language Arts
Studies in Environmental Issues: Rain, Runoff, and Rivers: Understanding Watersheds
Two hours of graduate credit from Upper Iowa University
- Attend two weekend sessions:
- Modeling of instructional levels
- Sharing the teaching experience
- Develop and teach unit between sessions
- Give evidence of student action, e.g. (rain garden development)
- Administer student assessment (pre-post)
- Prepare brief written report of experience
I - Issue Analysis
II - Ecological Foundations
III - Watershed Issues
IV - Action Skill Development
- Resource materials for integrating disciplines
- Staff visits, group meetings, phone contacts
- Provide consultation and materials for action projects
5:00 Check-in, Registration, Activities, Dinner
6:45 Class until 9:00
8:00 a.m. Class and activities
Class and activities
Class and activities (until 9:00 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. Work Time
9:00 Class and activities
Class and wrap-up by 3:00 p.m.
6:45 Update reports until 9:00 p.m.
8:00 Class and activities
Class and wrap-up by 3:00 p.m.
- LRTF (Living Roadway Trust Fund of Iowa)
- Keep Iowa Beautiful
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Iowa State University Extension Education
- University of Iowa, Occupational and Environmental Health
- Tallgrass Prairie Center– UNI
- Daryl Smith, Director
- Kirk Henderson, IRVM Mgr.
- Greg Houseal, Iowa Ecotype Project Mgr.
Barb Ehlers, eii director
Assistant Professor of Education
Upper Iowa University
Associate Director Principal
Davenport, Iowa St. Paul the Apostle
New Hampton, IA (middle school)
Dr. Carl W. Bollwinkel: Director Emeritus
Emeritus Professor UNI
Cedar Falls, IA
Barbara A. Bonnett: Director Emerita
Burlington, IA (elementary)
Rosalie J. Cochran-Thompson: Director Emerita
Fairfield, IA (middle school)
Roadside Coordinator, DOT, Ames, IA
Chief Landscape Architect, DOT, Ames, IA
IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering, U of IA.
David Osterberg, Assoc. Prof. (clinical)
Occupational & Environmental Health
Environmental Consultant, U of IA.
Field Coordinator, Trees Forever, Marion, IA
Gerald F. Schnepf
Executive Director, Keep Iowa Beautiful
Des Moines, IA
Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor
Professor & Extension Agricultural Climatologist
Department of Agronomy, ISU