Teachers and schools joining/rejoining the TIC program
At this point it appears that we'll have at least 10 new TIC schools and 12 new educators at those schools. Here's the current list. 2017-2018 TIC teachers and Schools. Please review this carefully and let me know of any corrections, additions, or deletions I should make to the list.
New teachers and schools are these:
Five former TIC schools are resuming the program
New TIC teachers at continuing schools
In addition, 15 teachers at continuing TIC schools are new to the program. These are they:
National TIC/SIC network
For several years, along with the TIC Web site it maintains (http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/home), Trout Unlimited has hosted a "users group" for TIC teachers and volunteers. This is supported by Tara Granke, TU's TIC coordinator. The network allows TIC teachers and volunteers across the country to share their concerns and expertise. I've been a member of the network for several years and periodically pass on questions that I can't answer to members of the network. Similarly, when I come across answers that I think may have relevance to you and other TIC teachers, I pass those along.
Here's an example of a recent post to the network. A teacher from North Carolina posed this concern and shared the photo that appears below it.
It wasn’t the eggs that were white is was the fish inside that were white. I’ve cleared out lots of white eggs over the years but this was different. It was a bunch of her eggs that seemed fine except the fish inside was white. Any suggestions?
I responded with this:
I've never seen that before. Indeed, it appears that it is the embryos that have turned white. I suspect that means they have died. I'm also concerned about the reddish spots in the eggs.
I'd suggest the teacher send that photo to a fisheries biologist at the hatchery that provided the eggs.
In response, the fisheries biologist at the NC state hatchery said this:
The "white fish inside" are dead. Multiple things could have caused the mortality. Possibilities include water quality, hauling/handling, insufficient tempering time causing temperature shock, chlorine or other chemicals in water, etc. The eggs at our facilities are not experiencing any issues so it is fairly easy to rule out poor egg quality.
Feel free to sign up for the network on the national TIC Web site (address provided above).
I have included two spreadsheets (#1 and #2 below) that list the equipment and supplies that new TIC classrooms need and one spreadsheet (#3) listing the replacement supplies for continuing TIC schools.
Joe Mark is Lead Facilitator of Vermont's Trout in the Classroom program.
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with a parent-friend to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.