"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. -
A Gift From the People to the People
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 2013-2014
In 2013/2014 PORTS reached over thirty-eight thousand students in K-12 communities across California, marking the tenth year of programs and over a quarter of a million students served overall. Many of the students are in low-income and diverse urban communities, and in rural California. These contacts have helped increase student achievement and created a better awareness of, and links to, park values. Read more in the 2013-2014 Annual Report
FEATURED PORTS PROGRAM: North Coast Redwoods Salmon Lifecycle and Redwood Ecology
Check out this video for more information:
California State Parks
Interpretation and Education Division
2014 PORTS Handout
Statewide Technology Support