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The Christopher Newport University W.I.S.E. (Watershed Interdisciplinary Science Education) GK-12 project, Promoting Water Quality in the Chesapeake Watershed, is accepting teacher applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Teachers will have the opportunity to have Resident Scientists (a CNU Environmental MS graduate student) in their classroom to help guide their students in an inquiry-based project over a school year (or semester). With the assistance of graduate students, teachers can help their students do field research, use GPS and GIS to analyze their data, and make recommendations to their community to improve their environment. They will also be supported by a NSF funded stipend, all project related materials and supplies, and transportation.

Project Goals 

The goal of the NSF-funded GK-12 Project is to infuse interdisciplinary watershed research and computer mapping technology into the NNPS high school curriculum. In collaboration with CNU faculty, NNPS teachers and (CNU graduate student) Resident Scientists will guide their students in an inquiry-based field sampling and GIS spatial analysis project to address critical ecological issues impacting the local Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Teacher Benefits & Responsibilities 

Teachers will receive a stipend during their period of participation. Project activities will assist in fulfilling SOL goals. All project related materials will be provided along with transportation to field sites. Teachers will be required to participate in a 2-week summer workshop that will provide an education in the field research activities and GIS analysis. There is a potential for course credits toward re-licensure. Regular reports on the activities of the resident scientists and quarterly meetings with other GK12 teachers and participants will be required.


To be considered for this program, a WISE GK12 teacher should be a Newport News science teacher at the high school level (9th- 12th grade). We currently are targeting Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Ecology teachers, however, other levels/courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply 

Teachers should complete and submit a WISE GK-12 Teacher Application to Dr. Gary Whiting by December 16 for the following school year.


For more information please contact

Administrative/Educational Coordinator
Dr. Lisa Smith Webb

Assistant Professor 
(757) 594-7056