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Program Materials

Program Materials

This page houses the current Groundswell program materials, forms, and project funding applications. You will find the following documents here: calendar of professional development workshops, Team Information Form, Initial Project Proposal, Detailed Project Proposal, project funding criteria, program information to share with parents and other educators, and more!

I Want to Attend Professional Development Workshops

We offer several professional development workshops throughout the school year, as well as a week-long summer workshop series the first week of August. Our PD provides training on a wide range of watershed stewardship topics. We encourage teachers from all subject areas to attend – this is not just a science program!

Topics vary every year, but typical subjects include: teaching outdoors, place-based education best practices, watershed concepts, methods for implementing stewardship projects with students, designing watershed stewardship projects, invasive species identification, water quality data collection and analysis, sustainable development, community outreach and advocacy, land use and human development patterns in our watershed, forestry, food systems, and more!

Current Professional Development Opportunities

2016-2017 PD Calendar – 
Click here to download the PD calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

Other Events – 
Watch our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.

I Want to Become a Groundswell Teacher and/or School

We’re so excited you have chosen to join an amazing network of educators committed to place-based environmental education. We look forward to supporting you on your journey. The first step is to complete the Groundswell Team Information Form.

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I Want to Apply for Project Funding

We offer three different funding levels depending on the extent of the project and the number of teachers participating.

Groundswell Lite

Engage in Groundswell educational resources (attend PD, receive substitute reimbursement)

Facilitate mini PBE stewardship effort with students

Eligible for up to $250 in project funding by submitting “Idea Proposal” (shortened project proposal)

Individual Teacher

Engage in Groundswell educational resources (attend PD, receive substitute reimbursement)

Facilitate Groundswell PBE/stewardship activities with students

Eligible for up to $150 in seed funding; can apply for criteria-based funding for a total of up to $1,000

School Team

Engage in Groundswell educational resources (attend PD, receive substitute reimbursement)

Facilitate Groundswell PBE/stewardship activities with students

Eligible for up to $250 in seed funding; can apply for criteria-based funding for a total of up to $1,500


Three-step Funding Application Process

1 Submit a Team Information Form
Teachers/school teams must submit a Team Information Form in order to be eligible to apply for project funding. This form asks for basic contact information for team members, as well as administrator contact information and Groundswell program preference.

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2 Submit an Initial Project Proposal (due by October 30)
Submit this form to be considered for seed funding (up to $150 for individual teachers and up to $250 for teacher teams). The Groundswell Projects Committee reviews all proposals and will issue a decision within one month of submission. If your Initial Project Proposal is approved, you will be eligible to submit a Detailed Project Proposal to receive additional funding.

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3 Submit a Detailed Project Proposal (due by February 1)
Teachers/school teams with an approved Initial Project Proposal are eligible to submit a Detailed Project Proposal. Submit this form to be considered for criteria-based funding (a total of up to $1,000 for individual teachers and a total of up to $1,500 for teacher teams). The Groundswell Projects Committee reviews all proposals and will issue a decision within one month of submission.

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Other Program Materials

Substitute Reimbursement
We provide substitute reimbursement for Groundswell teachers who attend our PD sessions. Download that form here and submit it following the directions on the form.

Photo Release Form
We want to share all the amazing work your students are doing! Help us by having parents/guardians sign photo release forms for all students involved in Groundswell activities. Please submit the ORIGINAL form to us and keep a copy for your records. Download the photo release form here.

Parent Letter
We understand it can be difficult to explain Groundswell and place-based education in a few short sentences. Please feel free to send this letter home to provide more information and get parents excited about all the exciting opportunities you’ll be providing their student. Download the parent letter here.

Educator Flyer
This is a one-page flyer describing the benefits Groundswell can provide educators and how to get involved. Please feel free to share this with any fellow educators who might be interested. Download the educator flyer here.