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Stamford Science Teachers Take To The Seas To Prep For Upcoming School Year

Stamford science teachers hard at 'work' navigating a sailboat as part of their training with SoundWaters off of Cove Island Park. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Teachers used seine nets to collect species of fish and other marine organisms, the same way their students do throughout the year. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford’s middle school science teachers came together for a day of Professional Development and team-building at SoundWaters’ Coastal Education Center at Cove Island Park.

36 science teachers from Rippowam, Dolan, Cloonan, Rogers International School, Turn of River and Scofield Magnet Middle Schools worked and learned together on Long Island Sound, participating in the same hands-on learning activities every 6th grade student in Stamford experiences through SoundWaters environmental science programs.

The teachers learned to sail and canoe, tested water quality and donned waders and life-vests to capture animals for study using seine nets, like many of their students do each year. The student programs are designed to reinforce and amplify classroom lessons and are aligned with state education standards.

“We collaborate throughout the year with the team at Stamford Public Schools to support and amplify their science curricula through field study programs, so professional development for the middle school science teachers is a natural growth in our partnership,” says SoundWaters President Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. “The teachers were fabulous—they jumped into the activities, took risks, and worked together. It’s clearly going to be a great year for these teachers and their students!”

The highlight of the day was watching each teacher take to the water and navigate a small sailboat around a short course, with only a handful having had any prior sailing experience. “This is, by far, the best professional development ever,” claimed a sixth grade teacher.

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