2021 Virtual Teacher Professional Development Series

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Training dates span January through April 2021.

GREEN Program Training and Virtual Resources: Self-paced module plus live Q&A

GREEN program logistics and pandemic adaptations will be communicated via a series of videos. After viewing the program videos, discuss your 2021 needs with mentors and the program committee at the mentor meetup on April 7th.

REQUIRED for new GREEN teachers. All teachers welcome.

Optional Live Mentor Meetup and Program Q & A: April 7th @4 pm

Asynchronous program training workshop: March 5th—26th.

Guest Presenters:

  • Darren Bagley, MSU-Extension
  • Tom Hutchings, City of Flint
  • Tom Jones, Genesee County Drain Commission
  • Lee Ann Slosar, GM

REGISTER HERE for GREEN Program Training


History of the Flint River: Self paced module

A virtual adventure that begins with the geological formation of the watershed and propels the learner through time to modern day. Work at your own pace through an interactive slide show notebook built as a resource for teachers to later use to engage students in the river’s history through multiple modes of learning.

Asynchronous workshop beginning January 15th

REGISTER HERE for the History of the Flint River 


Bridges: Backwards Mapping and Team Planning:

This workshop is designed for Bridges teachers only. Teacher teams will continue to work through their planning documents alongside coaches to map their path to student stewardship projects in response to the current education climate. Explore new content area resources and a take a fresh glimpse at backward design.

Monday, February 8th @ 4:00—6:30 pm

Guest Presenter: Becca Neilson, Education Specialist and Program Advisor, SEMIS

REGISTER HERE for Backwards Mapping


GIS & Geospatial Literacy for Use Across Content Areas (2 part):

This workshop series will introduce geographic information system (GIS) technology and cartographic and geographic representation, explore geoliteracy principles, and offer lessons to use across content areas. Attend one or both.

Part 1 GIS & MapFlint: Wednesday, February 17th @ 4:00—6:30 pm


Part 2 Geoliteracy Resources: Saturday, February 20th @ 9:00—11:30 am


Guest Presenter: Troy Rosencrants, GIS Center Manager, UM—Flint GIS Center

All workshops and materials are virtual and free to teachers who also register for the 2020—2021 Flint River GREEN program thanks to our generous program sponsors:


Spring 2021 GREEN Testing Window:  April 26th —May 14th           

Virtual Student Summit: May 17th—May 27th

SCECHs are pending for all training events.


2020 -2021 GREEN Program Registration Now Open!

If you are a teacher in the Flint River watershed interested in Flint River GREEN for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM to save your place and sign up to receive updates on upcoming training opportunities, material acquisition, stream sampling logistics, and the (now virtual!) Student Summit.


Example of an interactive virtual background created for Flint River GREEN.

Example of an interactive virtual slide created for remote Flint River GREEN students and teachers.

The GREEN program team has been hard at work adapting the program for a variety of situations. We will rely on our expert water quality mentors to assist with virtual field trips, drop off water samples to schools, and connect virtually with students this year as needed. We will also be providing additional teacher training and resources for virtual and face-to-face participation. No matter your situation, there are still engaging ways to connect students to the Flint River. We look forward to working with you!


If you have questions or are a teacher outside of the Flint River watershed interested in water chemistry testing, or if you are an environmental expert wishing to help mentor a Flint River classroom this year, please email Autumn Mitchell, Education Program Manager.