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This is one in a series of posts presenting sample elements of a possible proposal. In their illustrative details, its contents are both fictional and factual; however, its overall approach has won grants for similar purposes.

 

Introduction. The applicant, York County Educational Service Center (YCESC), Maine School District ES-01, proposes to train 60 participants (36 teachers and 24 community members) in Project RIVERS, Project WETLANDS, and Project WETLANDS Aquatic model curricula at its Region 1 Professional Development Center (PDC) and other sites. The training will be part of a larger effort to advance achievement of state and local goals for educational reform in 12 rural, suburban, and urban school districts in 20 communities located in three counties in southern Maine. Teachers will learn ways to infuse Watershed Education and exploration of environmental careers into the Science curriculum in grades 6-12 using environmental issues impacting the Saco River Watershed as an organizing theme. Training will include hands-on, interactive, lab and field experiences. The curricula used will support development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills among students and residents of the Saco River Watershed in southern Maine.

 

Purpose. The project’s purpose will be to build local capacity for sustainable educational reform in 12 rural, suburban, and urban school districts. Its partnership will train 60 participants in Project RIVERS, Project WETLANDS, and Project WETLANDS Aquatic. The result will be widespread infusion of standards-driven, inquiry-based curricular resources in teaching Science to 3,145 students in grades 6-12 in 15 schools. 

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