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Implementing Watershed Education into General Education Elementary Classrooms

By kennedy ross

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Kennedy Ross is a junior pursuing her BSE in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Throughout her time at Millersville, Kennedy has developed an interest in climate change and sustainability education, specifically a focus on watershed education. This interest began when writing her Mock Thesis for the Honors College in English 110, where she had the pleasure of learning more about educating the next generation about climate change. She then became a research assistant for Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich in the Educational Foundations Department and has worked avidly under the NOAA B-WET grant to edit, contribute to, and teach portions of an eight-lesson unit surrounding the education of watersheds and integration of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) to fourth graders in local school districts. She has taken this knowledge and experience to co-found and lead the Student Sustainability Club, and by writing her thesis for the Honors College. She hopes that by targeting the education of the next generation, we can set up our watersheds and the Earth for better treatment. After graduation, she plans to work as a general education teacher preferably between grades 1st and 4th and would love to propel the integration of MWEEs in her school district’s science curriculum down the line.

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