This B-WET project will fund the implementation of Michigan Sea Grantâs successful Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) for 50 different urban K-12 classes in southeast Michigan (50 teachers, 200 adult chaperones, 1400 students/year). GLEP has provided award-winning, research-based education to more than 85,000 learners using a three-phase Preparation/Action/Reflection approach involving classroom lessons aligned to Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Great Lakes Literacy Principles and vessel-based experiential learning. Each class will also engage in watershed stewardship using storm water pollution reduction best practices. GLEP outcomes, documented through university research and seasonal evaluations, show significant gains in participant knowledge, behavioral intentions, and stewardship actions. GLEP education directly addresses three GLRI Action Plan focus areas, is correlated with the Great Lakes Literacy Principles, and advances Goals 1 and 2 of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan.
Michigan State University - Developing Great Lakes Literacy and Stewardship in Urban Southeast Michigan through the Great Lakes Education Program