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 Arizona Project WET Academies offer professional development that evolves teacher's instructional practice and water-related content through STEM integration, student-directed learning, real-world and relevant application, and collaborative work.

Academies provide the support that teachers need to adopt instructional practices that encourage students to apply their learning; developing ideas, designing solutions, and delivering positive change. We partner with school districts to plan and deliver targeted professional development and provide teacher with support they need.

Upcoming Workshops:


This program offers professional development focused on 3-Dimensional learning and Systems Thinking, in-class and out-of-class APW facilitated sessions, and on-call assistance. Aqua STEM units use science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts of the new Arizona Science Standards and assist you in teaching core concepts in real-world and relevant way. 

This online Workshop will prepare teachers to use four simple systems thinking patterns - making Distinctions, seeing part-whole Systems, uncovering Relationships, understanding Perspectives to engage students in real world STEM learning. Strengthen connections between SEPs and Crosscutting Concepts

DATES: Dates for completion are June 3rd, 4th, and 5th. 

FORMAT: Live facilitated online sessions, small group work, and individual assignments using Zoom and Canvas.

CREDIT HOURS: 12-Hours of Professional Development Credit.

NOTE: This Systems Thinking workshop is a prerequisite workshop for ALL Aqua STEM Teacher Academies.


Exploring the Colorado River Academy 2020

Explore the systems of the Colorado River Watershed and bring real-world relevancy to your curriculum! Join APW for this 2-day online academy in which we will dig in to 3-dimensional instruction as laid out in the new Arizona Science Standards to explore the Colorado River Watershed. We will engage in argument from evidence about past, present, & future management of the Colorado River.


Rainwater Harvesting Systems Design Course

The engineering design process has never been so relevant in this 12-lesson rainwater harvesting unit! Students learn to resolve extreme weather threats to our region with small-scale local solutions. They design a system to capture rain and sink rainwater helping control flooding issues. The system is also designed to grow the trees that offer shade and evaporative cooling to mitigate the heat. Teachers will leave the workshop with an online course that can be used with students along with the skills and experience to teach the material. Funding and assistance for installation of a rainwater harvesting system at your school may be available. This academy is a requirement for the funding.

DATES: Range for completion is from June 10th through July 24th enabling you to be more in control of your learning schedule.

FORMAT: Live facilitated online sessions, small group work, and individual assignments using Zoom and Canvas.

CREDIT HOURS: 30-Hours of Professional Development Credit.


We Address Topics that are Important NOW!

  • Where does our water come from?
  • How do we manage our water?
  • How can we effectively reuse and conserve water?
  • What are our water quality challenges and how can we address them?
  • How do we plan for water sustainability?
  • How is water connected to energy and food production?

We Help Teachers Develop Student-driven Instruction

As a result of our Academies, students will think critically; gain deeper understanding;  and evaluate, prioritize, and apply knowledge to find solutions. APW Teacher Academies help teachers meet the 3 dimensional learning demands of the new Arizona Science Standards. 

Long-Term Impacts of APW Teacher Academies:

  • Arizona citizens understand the science of water and the sources available and use this information to motivate and support personal and community-level decision-making.
  • Arizona citizenry is involved in creative problem-solving and innovation in order to manage natural resources for social, environmental, and economic well-being.
  • Arizonans understand the value of water and use it purposefully and responsibly.