River Quest


River Quest Announcement

The River Quest Project will continue for the 2011-2012 school year. The River Quest Project is a partnership among Clarke University, the Dubuque Community Schools, the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Keystone AEA and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Summer 2011 –Primary Teachers of Grades 3-5

Earn money for professional development in these areas: 

Inquiry-based science (using the kits designated by Dubuque Community Schools and Holy Family Schools) to meet the Iowa Core Curriculum Integrating Reading, Math, and Technology with your Science Lessons Differentiated Instruction Strategies.


June 8-10, 13-16 and August 4-5, 2011.
Scheduling may be adjusted if snow days occur.

Two follow-up seminars TBA 

Participants are expected to attend all sessions.


Clarke University and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium


  • Earn money ($120 per day plus lunch and snacks). Additional funds for meals/lodging/ transportation may be available for those over 25 miles from campus pending budget approval.
  • Receive a paid field trip for up to $500 (entrance fees + transportation) for your class to the visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  
  • Enhance your teaching skills and increase your content knowledge in science.
  • Prepare yourself to go beyond the kits, in inquiry science, technology, reading and math.
  • Network with other teachers, university faculty and museum staff.
  • Receive an annual membership for the Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium 
  • Receive materials for your classroom to implement related projects.
  • Receive undergraduate or graduate credit for recertification (optional) at a reduced cost.
  • Have fun!


  • Active participation in all Institute activities through the year.
  • Development of a River Quest module including 2-3 complete lesson plans according to a rubric provided. Sharing of the module and lesson plans on the River Quest web site.
  • Teaching of the science lessons you design during the 2011-2012 year.
  • Documenting activities in the log provided according to the rubric.
  • Peer coaching and networking activities including visiting the classroom of your partner teacher and documenting involvement (substitute while you are out of your classroom paid for by River Quest)
  • Field trip with your class to the River Museum (paid for by River Quest)
  • Participation in all surveys requested by the project evaluator.    
  • If registering for graduate credit, completion of a research paper.

Participation in River Quest can be used as a Tier II project for your Career Development Plan or for recertification credit. Optional undergraduate or graduate credit from Clarke University will be offered at reduced tuition.

Apply Now:

  • Click here to RSVP.
  • Applications received by March 7, 2011 will be given priority.
  • Teams of teachers in the same or nearby schools are encouraged to apply.
  • Notification of acceptance will begin on March 28, 2011. Questions:

Contact Project Director:
Carol Priest 

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