We regard our teachers as the most important part of RiverXchange! We couldn’t do it without their dedication and commitment to their student’s growth, not to mention stretching their schedules and plans to make time for our program. Therefore, RiverXchange® aims to support teachers by providing multiple opportunities for professional development such as: integrating place-based and outdoor learning (through watershed education) as a pillar for science and language arts; developing and improving skills in project-based learning; and collaborating with a community of inspired, action-driven colleagues.
- Attend teacher workshop Saturday August 26, 2023 9am -3pm and receive a $150 stipend
- Be able to schedule a minimum of 4 one-hour presentations in classrooms (Sept-Mar) & the conservation field trip (Dec-March 9am-1pm, Th or Fri).
- Conduct an Action Project with your classroom.
- Complete Pre and Post surveys (online) with their classroom (demonstrates impact to our funders).
- Complete a Teacher Feedback survey at the end of the program (to help us improve).
- Respond to 1 monthly email about your action project process.
- Provide documentation (criteria provided) of your action project process. Once completed, you receive a $50 stipend.
In order to have a successful RiverXchange® experience, we hold a teacher workshop at the beginning of the school year to learn from one another and plan the program; including the pieces teachers are responsible for, i.e. :
- Understanding a Watershed
- The Action Project
Last year teacher’s met at The Open Space Visitor Center for the teacher workshop and catered lunch to plan for a successful year.
This has been a wonderful and helpful way to teach about our local water system. It makes a difference if students can see the river itself and know they have a part to play in keeping the Rio Grande!”Ms. Beer, Cochiti Elementary
“Each year, it seems the program continues to improve. The resources and activities were invaluable.”Mr. Turrietta, Martin Luther King Elementary
“RiverXchange was extremely successful because my students were enthusiastic to learn about several ways to take care of our natural resources.”Ms. Sanchez, Duranes Elementary