"I'd like to point out the tremendous opportunity the PORTS Program provides to meet the (Common Core) Speaking and Listening Standards. Preparing the students to ask "meaty" questions of the ranger was a core element of achieving the best results possible. The online resources were a significant help in giving my students enough background information to spark a firestorm of new ideas and relevant questions. Ranger Phil was outstanding in his presentation. He seamlessly provided artifacts and connections to every child's question. It was as if we had rehearsed the event together. As we do follow up activities in class, we will be meeting even more Speaking and Listening standards. I can't wait to do this again!"
Catherine P. -
PORTS is a free distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core state standards in the context of California State Parks.
PORTS Programs include:
Fully developed units of study to prepare and assess learning.
Live, interactive videoconference presentations on science, history, language arts and other academic topics.
PORTS bridges the socio-economic gap in California's educational system by providing meaningful interactions - regardless of race, economic status or location.
PORTS PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
In 2014/2015 PORTS reached nearly 48,000 K-12 students in the state of California. The majority of programs reached students in schools federally classified as low-income. PORTS programs reached students outside of California in 20 different states as well as students in Taiwan. Read more about how PORTS is connecting students to California State Parks in our 2014-2015 Annual Report.
PORTS is proud to be partnering with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to teach students about California's Marine Protected Area Network. Soon you'll be able to explore new curriculum on our Marine Protected Areas Education Resources page.