EPA Professional Dev

Metro Waste Authority is offering a professional development for Polk Country educators in 2021. The program is built for 16 teachers and offers an in-depth look at watersheds. It is tailored to ecosystems local to central Iowa and will provide teachers with the skills and background to teach students about water quality and watershed health.  

Learning Goals

  • Create and implement 2-4 place-based lesson plans pertaining to local watersheds
  • Conduct one watershed cleanup on a river in their community
  • Contribute to and use a database cataloging watershed information gathered during instruction
  • Connect curriculum developed into Iowa Core and NGSS


Teachers who participate in the professional development will receive the following resources:

  • Stipend for attending professional development
  • Heartland AEA continuing education credit/Drake Graduate Credit
  • Bus stipends for field trips
  • Over $700 in field supplies for their classroom
  • One grant for $730 worth of equipment 


Once teachers have completed the professional development they are required to plan and implement environmental enrichment projects for their classrooms. City staff will be collaborating with teachers and Metro Waste Authority staff to determine the best locations for these projects to occur and determine other ways the city can work with teachers to develop successful projects. 

Teachers will be required to: Attend a kick-off meeting, participate in a pre/post evaluation themselves, and facilitate a pre/post evaluation with their students.  

Check back for  2021 dates and the application. For immediate program information, contact:

Sarah Borzo, Education & Outreach Coordinator
515.323.6507 | sbo@mwatoday.com

This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No.NE-97768201 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of Metro Waste Authority and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication