Matagorda Bay B-WET

What is Matagorda Bay B-WET?

It is a professional development opportunity for teachers funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Bay Watershed and Education Training (B-WET) program.  The purpose is to support locally relevant, authentic experiential learning through meaningful watershed educational experiences, which include learning in the outdoors and in the classroom to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ecosystems. It is being offered by the Matagorda Bay Foundation and Baylor University's Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research.

Who should apply?

Matagorda Bay B-WET is open to Texas teachers in coastal counties with watersheds connected to or near the Matagorda Bay.

We are currently recruiting all 5th-12th grade teachers from any public or private school in the following Texas Counties: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Duval, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy. 

Studying watersheds can be multi-disciplinary and teachers outside of science are welcome to apply.

In addition to professional development and CPE hours, teachers selected to participate receive competitive stipends, curricula and other materials and supplies.

How will standards be supported?

B-WET projects are meant to support standards that teachers are already required to teach and be fully integrated in the curriculum (rather than be “something extra I have to do”). The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that can be supported by meaningful watershed educational experiences vary depending on the class and grade level. Meaningful watershed education experiences include classroom and outdoors components, and the outdoor components could be on school grounds or further afield.

What is the time commitment for teachers?

Join us for a 3-day teacher field workshop on the Texas Coast, June 8-10 2022, in Palacios TX.  Following the workshop you will have access to online modules through Baylor Continuing Education so that you can complete additional professional development credits at your own pace during the summer.

Important dates and details for the Matagorda Bay B-WET Project
  • April 15, 2022:  Applicants are notified of Acceptance Status
  • June 8-10, 2022: Matagorda Bay B-WET Workshop in Palacios TX $300 participation stipend.
  • June-early August, 2022:  Online course through Baylor Continuing Education.  Additional participant incentives available, as well as continuing professional development hours.
  • School year 2022-2023:  Implement meaningful watershed education experience.  $500/ teacher available to support.

 

Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research

C.409 Baylor Science Building
One Bear Place #97178
Waco, TX 76798-7178