September 2 – San Diego Teachers Turn Local Pollution Into Curriculum at Coastkeeper Training

Workshop at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center helps teachers create water science lessons with a local focus

SAN DIEGO, September 2, 2016 — On September 16, the teachers will become the students for a day when San Diego Coastkeeper and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center team up to train K-12 teachers to inspire students to protect San Diego’s waters. Teachers from all over San Diego County are invited to get the tools they need to help kids grow into expert water protectors, such as hands-on lesson plans based on San Diego’s water issues.

“Water quality and quantity are some of the biggest issues facing humanity today, especially in drought-stricken California,” says Sandra Lebrón, education manager at Coastkeeper. “With our water-science curriculum, teachers can prepare the next generation of leaders to find solutions to these problems.”

The professional development training will demonstrate environmental lessons that teachers can use to help their students learn about San Diego’s waters, take action to minimize and monitor pollution and understand the connections between living things and one of our most vital resources — water.

“We want to show teachers how to use real-world problems happening right here in San Diego – like trash ending up on our beaches – to help students deepen their knowledge of environmental issues and sharpen their problem-solving skills,” says Lebrón.

All lessons in the training incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and include hands-on lessons to be taught in classrooms or informal settings, including after school programs.

The professional development training is on Friday, September 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. and is open to all K-12 teachers with an entry fee of $16. To learn more and register visit:

For more information on San Diego Coastkeeper’s Water Education Programs visit:
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