The Shared Waters Project

Shared Waters: An Upstream-Downstream Collaborative

This collaborative project geographically spans the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. it systemically impacts students through teacher professional development and classroom Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) implementation while simultaneously training the next generation of teachers by embedding MWEE instruction into undergraduate teacher education programs at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Wesleyan University.

The health and future of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed depend on this generation of students cultivating a connection to local waters, gaining an understanding of how their choices impact the larger watershed, and learning how to be good watershed neighbors. – Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Team
B-WET provides competitive funding to support Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for K–12 audiences.
Learn About the B-WET Program

What is a MWEE?

The MWEE unit is a 4-week collaborative that takes place with both teacher candidates and elementary students. The Shared Waters Project will take classroom teachers through a MWEE using the Seven Characteristics of Teacher Professional Development:

  1. Content Focused
  2. Active Learning
  3. Collaboration
  4. Models of Modeling
  5. Sustained
  6. Coaching and Support
  7. Feedback and Support

What’s new with our Upstream and Downstream Partners…

Shared Waters: An upstream, downstream MWEE partnership
Source: The Marlin Chronicle


“Shared Water: An Upstream-Downstream Collaborative, is a partnership funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that allows Virginia Wesleyan to collaborate with Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Both schools are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed….”

Source: Millersville University


“Millersville University recently received significant grant funding from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries to continue its watershed education training project and expand it to include other institutions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The project called Shared Waters: An Upstream-Downstream Collaborative will be a joint effort of Millersville, Virginia Wesleyan University, Penn Manor School District and Norfolk Collegiate School… “

See the MWEE in Action

Shared Waters Project

The Shared Waters project embeds MWEEs into the district and school curriculum, trains a cohort of teachers to become experts in local watershed conditions and MWEE implementation, supports an upstream/downstream collaboration between schools in PA and VA, and institutionalizes MWEE instruction in teacher preparation programs.

Contact Info

Phone: (717)-871-7325


51 Lyte Rd. Millersville, PA 17551