Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope, recently received a $79,971 award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program for the project titled Prep for Day 1: K-12 Students Jump into West Michigan Watershed. The project period is 1 March 2020 through 31 August 2021. Michelle Gibbs and Mike Pikaart will be joining Susan on this project. In addition, the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute and Macatawa Area Coordinating Council will also participate in the project, linking middle and high school student data to the overall impact on regional policy and community efforts.
This project will link existing watershed research at Hope College with area teachers and their classrooms. Middle and high school teachers will engage with area professionals, walk-through hands-on watershed learning with regional students through summer programs, and integrate new curriculum and field experiences within their classrooms. Hope College faculty and mentor teachers will lead teacher professional development sessions and provide mentoring throughout the school year. Hope College education and service majors will provide mentoring for the students during their field experiences.
Congratulations, Susan, on your latest award!