The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that we are planning a short summer institute at Monroe Community College this July 22nd - 25th. It is titled "Waterways of New York." The Department of Chemistry/ Geosciences will be our cosponsors.
This institute is open to all teachers and informal educators in New York State. Most expenses will be covered, including meals, lodging (nice dorm suites with AC), materials, parking. Professional development credit can be issued, if your school approves it. There will be two strands - one for social studies, the other for science. Elementary teachers can choose which workshops they would like to attend. Topics covered will include: What is a Watershed, Mapping watersheds, Common Core lessons on the Erie Canal, the Movement of People and Ideas, Water Quality Testing, Life in New York's Waters. We will also take a half-day field trip to see geographic features pertaining to waterways.
Pictured above is the Genesee Aqueduct crossing over the river with the same name. It carried the Erie Canal in the 19th Century. Its location made Rochester a city, one of the topics that will be discussed at the Waterways of New York Conference.
The details of this institute are still being planned out. However, you can begin the process of registering online. Go to the Upcoming Events Section. Early in the spring, we will send out a more formal registration form to those who signed up online. If you have any questions, contact Tim McDonnell or call the NYGA Office at (585)-292-2398. We hope to see you in Rochester this coming July!"