Professional Development Program 2014

The Adopt-a-Reach Professional Development Program is for teachers in Greater Shepparton to learn more about our local natural environment and how to engage students in an outdoor classroom - the river environment.

RiverConnect held a  Professional Development Program on Thursdays afternoons in May 2014.

Teachers from eight schools in Greater Shepparton participated in the three sessions. Topics covered included:

  • What is RiverConnect
  • The local Environment
  • Indigenous History
  • The Natural Environment - Sustainability and water
  • Educating for sustainability.

A copy of the presentations and other notes are available here:

Thank you teachers who participated in these sessions during a busy time of the school year. 

Special thanks to our presenters: Simon Casanelia and Brendan Stary, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority; Travis Turner, Greater Shepparton City Council; Bruce Wehner, Parks Vic; Leon Saunders, Rumbalara; Rod McLennan, RiverConnect Committee community member; Leonie Brown and Sue McLeod from Bentleigh West Primary School and John Caldow, BugBlitz.

For information from the  PD training sessions held in 2009 please see the RiverConnect Environment teacher support material.

Here are some relevant & interesting links: 

How Wolves Change Rivers - When wolves were reintroduced into the Yellow Stone National Park in the USA in 1994 the ecological phenomenon of 'Trophic Cascade' took place, starting at the top of the food chain and tumbling down to the bottom.

RiverBlue, a highly anticipated feature film. This global river documentary follows paddler and river advocate, Mark Angelo around the world looking at better protection for ALL waterways. Watch the 5-minute trailer, and some short clips (1.5 min) about the Murray-Darling River, The Thames in London, Miltown Dam in Montana and Nudie Jeans (sustainable industry).

Sign up to Cool Australia for free online Education resources - Award Winning Australian Curriculum, Learning Activities, Digital Toolbox. A fantastic resource.

Teachers Professional Development Sessions
Teachers Professional Development Sessions
John Caldow from BugBlutz
John Caldow from BugBlutz
Group Activities
Group Activities
Activities at the River
Activities at the River