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Leaf Pack Workshops at Wilson College, National Science Teacher Association Conference

In August 2011, Stroud Education Program Manager Christina Medved led a two-day Leaf Pack Network® workshop for 16 teachers at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. The teachers learned about general stream ecology and how to sample streams using leaf packs.

As a standard evaluation technique for our programs, participants took both pretests and post-tests about their knowledge of the subject matter. Pretest scores averaged 66 percent and improved greatly to average 95 percent at the end of the workshop.

Medved also led two Leaf Pack sessions at the National Science Teacher Association’s Regional Conference in Hartford, Conn. The conference theme was “Science Inspiring Growth.” Medved reported that “out of all the conferences over the last 10 years where I’ve presented Leaf Pack, I think these two were the best attended workshops. Nearly 60 people through our workshops in one day!”

One attendee commented that it was “the most useful and most applicable workshop I attended today. Really great!”

The workshops were conducted in collaboration with and sponsored by the LaMotte Company.