What Do We Do Well? Where Can We Improve?

These are questions that were discussed at a meeting of sponsors of the TIC program from around the San Francisco Bay. (yes, steelhead are trout so the programs that hatch steelhead are part of this group too!) A gathering of all sponsors is held once a year to facilitate communication between groups, share ideas, and improve the services provided to teachers.

Here is a list of what this years (2013) participants thought about the program overall.

What we are doing right

  • Opening the doors to the outdoors
  • Exciting kids about science and fishing
  • Improving science and math skills
  • Developing future stewards of our aquatic systems
  • Enhancing students (and teachers and parents) appreciation of the natural environment
  • Supporting teachers
  • Providing programs tied to state educational standards
  • Providing classroom materials including posters, cds, curriculum
  • Creating partnerships/collaborations

Areas we can improve

  • Timing the workshops closer to egg delivery dates
  • Helping sponsors recruit new volunteers
  • Calendarizing volunteer visits with teachers to avoid holidays/testing
  • Keeping tanks clean to improve fish survival
  • Provide more supplementary workshops
  • Helping teachers understand their LEGAL responsibilities in regards to the 772
  • Inform park agencies in advance of release dates

Things we could do that we are not

  • Spending more time in classrooms (sponsors)
  • Provide training to science specialists in schools to help them support teachers
  • Provide training for coaches and sponsors.

Do you have any ideas we missed? Post your thoughts in the comments box.

 

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About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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