About Project FLOW
Supported by Michigan Sea Grant, the Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW) curriculum is designed to be an engaging, cost-effective tool for educators. Features of the FLOW curriculum:
- Lesson content clearly addresses lesson objectives, based on content expectations and benchmarks. For more information, see the Standards and Benchmarks Overview.
- Includes meaningful assessment tools with learning objectives, student performance and recommended points. For more information, see the Assessment Overview.
- Complements similar efforts about the Great Lakes and oceans, such as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s MEECS curriculum (Ecosystems and Water Quality) and Great Lakes COSEE.
- Links to supplemental classroom materials, see Michigan Sea Grant Education and Bookstore.
- Engages K-12 educators and students with hands-on activities and high quality graphics, such as fish cards.
FLOW Development Team - Michigan Sea Grant
- Joyce Daniels, Senior Editor, Michigan Sea Grant
- Nikki Koehler, Education Specialist, Michigan Sea Grant
- Elizabeth LaPorte, Project Director, Michigan Sea Grant
- Todd Marsee, Senior Graphic Artist, Michigan Sea Grant
- Brandon Schroeder, Fisheries Expert, Michigan Sea Grant
- Anna Switzer, Education Specialist, University of Michigan
Michigan Sea Grant developed FLOW in 2005, with support from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. Anna Switzer developed the original curriculum structure. Key issues outlined in the Great Lakes Fisheries Education Assessment and Summary of Needs report (2001, Great Lakes Fishery Trust), and the Great Lakes Education Program (Michigan Sea Grant) provided the basis for lesson content.
Michigan Sea Grant supports ongoing updates and improvements to the FLOW curriculum, including the revision of the fishes unit in 2006-2007 and the alignment of FLOW to the Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Expectations (standards and benchmarks) in 2008.
Consultants and Reviewers
- Phyllis Dermer, Contractor, National Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
- Chris Geddes, Institute for Fisheries Research, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Dan O’Keefe, Extension Educator and fisheries expert, Michigan Sea Grant
- Howard Perlman. Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division
- Gerald Smith, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan College of Literature Science and Arts
- Steve Stewart, Extension Educator, Director of the Great Lakes Education Program, Michigan Sea Grant
- Anna Switzer, Education Specialist, PhD Candidate in Science Education, University of Michigan
- Teacher-reviewers: Gary Dewey, Bill Hodges, Dave Huntington, Diane Huntington, J. Katt, Chris Kelly, Mara Matteson, Debra Miller, Keith Piccard, Joy Reynolds, Pam Simek