2021/22 New Teacher Workshops

THANK YOU for your interest in hatching (rainbow or steelhead) trout in your classroom! This is a great program that sticks with students for years and has potential to influence how they vote, act, and even which careers they may choose. It takes a tremendous effort on your part to make this happen and we will do all we can to provide you with the resources for you to not only succeed but excel. In the past 2 years we have created a tremendous amount of new material to help with both classroom and remote teaching.

As every teacher admitted into the program receives significant financial and volunteer support, there is a limit to the number of new teachers we can take each year. Information provided here will help you be ready to register and know what to expect. Please read this carefully as it will help you get in on your first attempt.

Registration will open for all new teachers on Friday, October 1st at 4 PM.  You are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible as we expect all workshops to fill quickly. The information below will help you prepare so you can register quickly. If you have questions, please let me know.

If you have hatched fish within the past 3 years you do not need to take the workshop – you are ENCOURAGED to do so and we waive the fee for you. You will find the workshop beneficial but not required.

 Registration Link

Teachers are accepted by geographic area where their school is located on a first come-first served basis.

  • Please only register for the area where your school is located. If you register in the wrong category, you registration will be canceled and you must re-register.
  • All workshops this year will again be virtual – we had great success with this process last year.
  • During the registration process, you will be able to choose which of the 3 workshop dates you wish to participate – January 8, 22, or 29. You only need to attend one day.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the $25 registration fee. This is entirely refundable if you cancel or if you are not admitted from the waitlist.
  • You will be limited to one registration per person: if there are multiple teachers at your school hoping to get in, they must each register separately.
  • You will need to be present for the entire all-day workshop with your camera on. The workshop is divided into 3 sections with about a one-hour break between each session. This helps keep us all sane and focused and alleviates screen fatigue.
  • We are experiencing a high level of interest this year and will do our best to serve as many teachers as possible. If you are unable to register, please get on the waitlist as soon as you can. We are generally able to move many teachers off the waitlist and into the workshop as we get closer to the session dates. Teachers are taken from the waitlist in the order enrolled.
  • If other teachers from your school are already involved in the program and you are not able to enroll, please let me know. We may be able to welcome you into the training even if we cannot support you with your own fish tank. This is still a great learning experience for your students as you can implement the lessons as you share a tank with your co-teacher.

 Here are some resources you may want to view:

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Will I Be Able To Hatch Fish This Year?

Absolutely! Whether you are teaching in person or back to remote teaching, eggs will be available to all qualified teachers. If you opted to sit out last year, you are still eligible to participate.

  1. Download and complete the 772 application for eggs
  2. Complete the form – be sure to sign it and have your principal sign it
  3. Send the document as a PDF to r3CAEP@wildlife.ca.gov

Be sure to check the link at the top of this page “Applications Received” to ensure your application was received and approved.

You may want to check out some of the cool new teaching tools created to help you with both in class and remote teaching.

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Workshops For 2021

Thank you for your interest in hatching fish in your classroom. This is a wonderful program that provides memorable learning activities for students.

This year, more than ever, teachers need good, engaging content that works whether you are in a classroom or teaching from your kitchen. We have a devoted quite a bit of time and resources to creating new material for you.

Registration will go live on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4 PM. While it is not possible to register before this time, you are welcome to review the registration links to help you move quickly through the process when registration opens. You need to provide some basic information and will need a credit card to make payment ($25).

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

  • The workshop will be virtual will model best practices in virtual teaching. You will get to experience many of the new online tools we have created to support distance teaching.
  • You will have your choice of dates and only need to attend one day
  • The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM and is scheduled until 4:30. This will be divided into 3 segments with significant breaks to help you avoid fatigue. If we can end early, we will.
  • We appreciate you desire to educate students and realize you are giving us a day of your time. We will honor that by doing our part to give you an engaging and worthwhile experience. We will utilize best practices for virtual trainings, incorporate a variety of media and platforms, multiple speakers, and fun. The content is outstanding as well.

DETAILS:

  • Please only register for the correct “Group” – hopefully this is explained clearly on the registration page and is based on where your school is located.  
  • If tickets for your area are sold out or are not available for any reason, please sign up on the waitlist.  We do our best to move teachers off the waitlist in the order registered. There are many unknown elements in the program this year and I am hopeful we will have many additional slots open as we move through the season.
  • If there are more than one teacher at your school interested in participating, they must each register separately. You cannot register multiple people

Registration link:

We are not able to accept new teachers in San Francisco or Santa Cruz at this time. However please sign up on the waitlist and if things change, you will be inline. If they do not change, you will get a full refund

If you have not done so, please watch the 9-minute video that provides an overview of the program. It will help you understand what you are signing up for and what to expect.

Each teacher in the program receives a fair amount of financial and volunteer support to help you make this a successful experience. This limits the number of teachers we can take in overall, and some geographic areas we are even more limited. Teachers can enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the workshops are filled, you can sign up on a waitlist.

If you have questions, please contact Ethan Rotman

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Teacher responses to survey on hatching fish in a COVID-environment

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP)

Report date: September 1, 2020

Background

The Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP) is a statewide educational program that encourages teachers to hatch salmonids in their classrooms for release into the waters of California. To be eligible, teachers must attend a training workshop and receive a 772 permit (permit to hold, transport, and release fish) from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The program exists in all land=based regions of the state. There are statewide guidelines and requirements for the program and each region is allowed discretion on certain aspects of implementation. While most teachers hatch trout for release into specified lakes, Chinook Salmon and steelhead are used where appropriate.

Project Overview

As schools quickly transitioned to remote learning in early 2020 in response to the Covid-19 situation, CAEP coordinators recognized the program would need to be adapted to best support teachers in the new environment. While it was unclear what the 2020/21 school year would look like, regional coordinators wanted to be ready for any situation. This program requires a significant amount of teacher time and therefore attracts teachers with a high level of motivation in regards to teaching environmental concepts and who are extremely dedicated to creative teaching methods, we wanted to gauge teachers feelings and attitudes about hatching fish in the coming year under a variety of teaching strategies. We also wanted to know which technological solutions (platforms and apps) teachers were using and had access to in their schools.

Methodology

We estimate approximately 1200 teachers from all land-based regions were sent a survey link of which 413 unique responses were received. While the vast majority of the respondents were teachers with valid permits for hatching fish in the 2019/20 school year, there was a small number of “coaches” and teachers who have expressed an interest in the program but have not hatched fish responding.

Survey results were interpreted and evaluated by Gail Davis and Bridget Kennedy with Tara Stogner providing the final interpretation, findings, and executive summary. Ethan Rotman was lead on the project with Richard Munoz, Gail Davis, Jennifer O’Brien creating and implementing the survey tool. Most CAEP staff participated in sending the survey link to their teachers.

The survey link was sent out in mid-April 2020 and left open for approximately 1 month.

Executive Summary

Due to the current dynamic standards of social distancing and stay at home orders, many participants had unsure responses. However, even with all of the uncertainty, it is clear that the majority of CAEP teachers are eager to find ways to continue hatching fish. Overall, 83% of teachers responded stating they are likely to participate in some form of fish hatching next year.

Across all regions, there was an overwhelming majority of teachers opting to have aquariums at home, if needed, in order to continue facilitating the program to students. Most responded “yes” while the next most commonly selected answer was “Maybe, need more information”. In future surveys, it would be very beneficial to include an open answer field for additional feedback on the question so that further inferences can be made off of the qualitative data.

The most preferred digital distance learning resource chosen in this survey was Google Classrooms, closely followed by Zoom, and then Flipgrid, Seesaw, and Microsoft teams. This is valuable information to use when deciding where to host some of your program’s activities, however, it is important to note this survey was conducted in May of 2020, and teachers’ competency and comfort with newer online teaching tools likely increased over the summer.

Responses on preferred distance learning resources and tools used were quite extensive. No single approach will fit the needs of every classroom, but with that being said there are some approaches that will satisfy many. The most common tool mentioned/requested throughout the teachers’ comments was the use of videos. Videos in many different formats such as more informative or demo videos, prerecorded and live interviews of professionals, live streams of tanks, and of activities that students can do at home would provide a lot of value to classrooms during distance learning. Important comments to note were how to address students with limited/no internet access as well as making more multi-lingual and those created for students with special needs resources available.

Along with the creation of individual resources such as videos, assignments, or PDFs, there was a lot of feedback from teachers asking for the resources to be in a universal format, allowing them to be integrated into their own curriculum platform, whatever that may be (mostly google classrooms or zoom). It was important that they can pick and choose different resources and plug them in where it fits best for their class. Also, being aligned with NGSS was also a very popular request, many teachers listed specific standards they’d like to address through CAEP.

The preferred workshop style was a mixed one consisting of live and prerecorded content. Following the mixed style of training was the live single day webinar and in-person single day training. The single-day options were more favorable overall with the self-guided online training following closely behind.

In conclusion, it is obvious that being flexible and as accommodating as possible to our teachers is key this upcoming year. Many teachers are clearly dedicated to providing CAEP in whatever way possible. While a dedicated platform has not been designated it may be beneficial to host any CAEP resources or training through these popular platforms to provide optimal accessibility.

Recommendations

  • Create videos; a mix of live and prerecorded assets were heavily requested
  • Make resources easily accessible; teachers would like resources to be provided in/on a universal format/platform that allows them to plug in resources wherever fits best in their lesson plan
  • Consider providing resources on platforms such as Google Classrooms, Zoom, FlipGrid, and Seesaw; these are the most used platforms
  • Live stream aquariums
  • Match NGSS Standards as much as possible with any resources created and/or provided
  • Provide distance learning resource options for classrooms that do not have internet access
  • Provide resources in multi-lingual and special needs options whenever possible
  • Convert any existing non-digital resources (posters, worksheets, etc.) into digital format

Appendix

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