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Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom Summit


Thank you to the 120+ attendees, 20+ partner organizations, and keynote speaker Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood for making the first-ever Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom (PA TIC) Summit a success for TIC teachers, partners, and trout alike!



In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Stroud Water Research Center, and other state partners and experienced TIC teachers, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited led the first-ever PA TIC Summit on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PaTTAN) Building in Harrisburg.

As a new biennial opportunity for PA TIC teachers and program partners statewide, PA TIC Summit not only provides an opportunity for attendees to share what they are doing with TIC. It also fosters opportunities for networking and building upon programs that attendees are implementing in 450 classrooms for over 40,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Fueled by powerful partnerships, the PA TIC Summit aspires to model cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration for supporting educators, students, and coldwater fisheries. With the next PA TIC Summit expected in 2021, you won't want to miss the opportunity to discover water-education resources with exhibitors from across the state, explore new ways to enrich your program in concurrent sessions, and enjoy a full day of professional development and hands-on immersion in TIC. 

Overview of 2019 PA TIC Summit



When: Thursday, July 18, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Department of Education (PaTTAN) Building, 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112
Cost: $35 per person payable in advance. Includes lunch and keynote speaker. Act 48 credits available.
Registration deadline: Sunday, July 7 at 4 p.m.



*For detailed Schedule-At-A-Glance, Session Descriptions, Speaker Bios, and Vendors/Exhibitors, please download PA TIC Summit Program at bottom of page. 

  • Registration Check-In: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Exhibits open at 8 a.m in Conference Room 1)
  • Welcome and Opening Talk: 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2: 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
  • Lunch with Keynote Speaker: 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4: 1:25 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Networking Sessions: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Exhibits and Displays: Ongoing 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Interact with exhibitors 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.and 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions from 2019 PA TIC Summit

Participants could choose to attend up to FOUR concurrent sessions from list of six total sessions! Download the 2019 PA TIC Summit Program below for complete Schedule-At-A-Glance and Speaker Bios.

Option A | Is Trout in the Classroom a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)? | Jennifer Fetter, M.S., Water Resources Educator at Penn State Extension and Carissa Longo, Environmental Education Program Coordinator at DNCR-PA State Parks | Lancaster Room

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a long-running and successful program that enhances student learning. How does the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) framework fit into your TIC program? Come learn about the basics of MWEEs and why they are important to Pennsylvania students and teachers. Through issue definition, investigations, field work, and service learning – you can take your TIC program to the next level, and open the door to potential new funding sources and collaborations.

Option B | Connecting the Dots: Tying TIC to STEM Education | Tamara Peffer, M.S., Environment and Ecology Content Advisor at the PA Department of Education (PDE) and Judd Pittman, STEM Advisor at the PDE | Lebanon Room
Discover how TIC connects students to literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while also sparking an innovative spirit that helps prepare them for postsecondary options.  Dive into how TIC is another great way to meet Pennsylvania’s Common Core Standards by connecting youth to tangible learning opportunities.

Option C | Diving Deeper into Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Education | Tara Muenz, M.S., Assistant Director of Education at Stroud Water Research Center | Dauphin Room
In this hands-on tour of education resources for aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates, learn new ways that teachers, citizen scientists and non-formal educators alike can connect these creeping, crawling trout snacks to water quality, aquatic food webs, and trout life cycles. Explore cutting-edge digital learning tools to grow confidence in macroinvertebrate ID, discover how the international Leaf Pack Network® can transport stream bugs from field to classroom, and interact with preserved specimen of local critters.

Option D | TIC Panel Discussion |  David Andrews, Javius Galan, Jerry Green, Doug Hess, Bert Johnson, Christian Shane, Coja Yamashita (Please see Speaker Bios in PA TIC Summit Program for complete list of speaker titles and organizations) | Lancaster Room
This round-table panel discussion will provide TIC participants with information regarding fish health, TIC lessons and troubleshooting, TIC sustainability and how to connect your TIC program to your community and local watersheds. Panelists include a PA Fish & Boat Commission fisheries biologist, experienced TIC teachers, and TIC program partners.

Option E | Using Free Web Tools to Help Your Students Understand Trout Habitat | James Hovan, Experienced TIC Teacher and TES-MMW Master Teacher and Kerrie Snavely, TES-MMW Master Teacher | Cambria Room
Teaching Environmental Sustainability - Model My Watershed (TES-MMW) is a free, robust, educational program and web-based GIS tool that helps students investigate watersheds, runoff, sedimentation, nutrient pollution, and stormwater management. Using powerful, real-world data sets and mathematical models, students can also simulate the water quality impacts of different land uses and conservation practices. Participants will receive an overview of the TES-MMW curricula and be given guided time to explore the app for themselves. Please bring your laptop and get ready to “model your watershed” with TES-MMW Master Teachers from Conestoga Valley High School!  *Limited number of workshop laptops available

Option F | All About Trout | Monty Murty, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited | Susquehanna Room
About Trout is a fast-paced FYI to get TIC teachers and program partners “hooked” on learning more and more about America’s native and wild trout. It keys off THE book TIC teachers should own, and TIC schools should have in their library: About Trout by Dr. Robert Behnke, PhD. Trout Unlimited featured Dr. Behnke in its quarterly magazine, Trout, for more than 20 years. Professor of ichthyology at Colorado State University, Behnke was our nation’s pre-eminent authority on trout biology, as well as a conservationist and superb fisherman. About Trout is the collection of Behnke’s best columns and most meaningful insights about trout, the environment, and the future of coldwater fishing.

Questions regarding the PA TIC Summit? Please contact RA-troutclass@pa.gov.


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