The Blue-Green School Project 2019-2020

The MERITO Foundation is seeking 4th ­‐ 8th grade-­‐level in service teachers (2 to 3 teachers per school and can span across grade levels) in Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties to participate in the Blue-­‐Green Schools Project 2019-­‐2020. The Blue-­‐Green Schools Project funded primarily by EPA, California Coastal Conservancy, and the Channel Islands Harbor Foundation. The project services include:

a) Teachers’ training on the use of lesson plans drawn from our MERITO Academy and other curricula of partner organizations. The training will be tentatively at CSUCI Santa Rosa Is. Research Station on Sept. 19 & 20, 2019 with follow up PD workshop on January 31, 2020
b) Sponsorship of students’ transportation and delivery of instruction during environmental monitoring field experiences at region’s watersheds, coast and potentially the Channel Islands during winter 2019 to early spring 2020 (depending on number of students per teacher)
c) Blue-­‐Green Project-­‐based learning Challenge. This includes waste, water and runoff assessment equipment, tutorials, worksheets and support for students to design their project proposals (By June 2020)
d) Up to $3,000 per school for students’ most cost-­‐effective project implementation that
will reduce risk of wildfires and mudslides indirectly by reducing the waste production, water
consumption or school’s runoff (projects need to be implemented by Dec. 15, 2020)
e) $500 stipend per teacher for their full participation in the project

Note: This project requires 2 to 3 teachers from the same school to join the project and work as a team over 1 year. The grade level of the team teachers can range from 4th – 8th grade and could span across grade levels.

How to apply: An online application form will be made available by 6/13/2019. You can also send an email to

Key partners include: NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, US Fish and Wildlife, Surfrider Foundation Ventura, Ventura Water, City of Oxnard, California State Parks, USC Sea Grant, Algalita, CSUCI, and the school districts that support their teachers and students participation.

Blue-­‐Green Schools Project Goals:
The primary goals of this proposal are to: (1) Further the capacity of teachers to increase
their students’ knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills regarding environmental issues through project-­‐based learning while using local environments as the
context for learning; (2) Promote behaviors beneficial to the environment among participating students by immersing them in environmental and conservation stewardship activities in their schools and at local watersheds and coastal habitats; (3) Empower students to actively contribute to the mitigation of region’s drought, flood risk, and wildfires through their own authored projects proposals aimed at conserving water and reducing waste at their school campuses, and/or protect local watersheds and aquatic ecosystems; (4) To insure implementation of the most effective proposals authored by students in 5 school campuses.


Implementation/Delivery Method:
a) The project lasts ~ 1 ½ years (August 15, 2019 ‐ December 15, 2020) from start to finish. Teachers required enrollment in the project is required for the first 12 months. The last 6 months are set aside for students project implementation. The project phases include: Teachers receive professional development (PD); Teachers instruct 10‐12 lessons in Blue­‐Green activity guide; Mentorship for student during project design; 1‐2 student field experiences per school year; And the fist half of 2020‐2021 school year will focus on MERITO Foundation assisting teachers and school administrations in implementing select student authored projects.
b) Sub­‐grants: MERITO will establish five MOUs with participating schools’ LEAs and/or
PTAs 1 to accept and utilize $4,000.00 for cost of substitute teachers during PD, buses for students science field experiences, and up t $3000 upon implementation of the most cost‐effective project proposals authored by their students at each of the selected 5 schools.

1 Local Education Agency (LEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
2 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)