Our Story

Prior to 2008, 5th grade students at two schools of the New Haven Unified School District consistently scored in the bottom 20% of the California State Standards Test for science.  Teachers in the upper grades reported not spending enough time teaching science, which is attributed to lack of time, resources or knowledge of science. A proposal was written to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Bay Watershed Education Grant program and funding was received for “Bringing Science to Life for Students, Teachers and the Community” to address these concerns and instill a sense of stewardship in our students. This program engages and energizes students in learning science and the protection of the SF Bay Watershed, provides staff development for teachers, and educates the community about conservation of our local watershed. The project includes a preparation phase, outdoor phase, an analysis and reporting phase, and teacher training and consists of two complete units: 1) The San Francisco Bay Watershed Unit and 2) the Marine Environment Unit. At the end of the two-year program, teachers were teaching more science, the community was engaged in conservation of the San Francisco Bay Watershed and most importantly, student scores increased on the California Science Test at one site by over 50% and another site by 120%. Test_Data.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0
Program Success Shared at AGU Conference

Alvarado Elementary fifth grade teachers Kimberly Pratt and 
Alisha Valine participated in the American Geophysical Union 
meeting in San Francisco this past December, presenting a
scientific poster which highlights Alvarado’s successful B-WET 
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