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EE-NEWS @NAAEE - October 2, 2000



EE-NEWS @NAAEE
October 2, 2000

The semi-monthy email bulletin for members of the North American Association
for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

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EE-NEWS ITEMS
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* RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES*
1. 2001 National Conference on Higher Education - Call for Papers
2. Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education 2001 Conference - Call
for Presenters

* GRANTS*
3. FamilyPC Teachers' Technology Grants
4. Leadership for a Changing World
5. Brandwein Summer Leadership Institute 2000

* UPDATES FROM THE HILL*
6. The John H. Chafee Environmental Education Act of 2000 (H.R. 4745)
7. Conservation and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 701)
8. Congressional Resources

* EE RESOURCES*
9. Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence Workbook
10. The Future is Here - A Conference for Environmental Education
11. 28th Annual Association for Experiential Education International
Conference
12. Science and Mathematics Teaching for the 21st Century
13. Rotary Scholar at NAAEE


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RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
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1. 2001 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION - CALL FOR PAPERS
March 24-27, 2001, Washington, D.C.

The theme of the American Association for Higher Education's 2001 conference
is "Balancing Private Gain and Public Good." Applications can be downloaded
in PDF format or submitted online. Deadline for submission: October 20.

http://www.aahe.org/2001conf/callforproposal.htm


2. ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL & OUTDOOR EDUCATION 2001 CONFERENCE - CALL
FOR PRESENTERS
April 27-29, 2001, Sonoma County, California

The theme of the conference is "Bringing It All Back Home: Lifelong
Environmental and Place-Based Education."  Suggested topics for workshops
include natural history, teaching methods, hands-on activities/games,
naturalist/science skills, educational theory, career/educational paths for
environmental educators, program development, music, outdoor &
classroom/indoor curricula, incorporating science standards, reflective
writing activities, and group management skills.

Presenters will receive a 5% discount on conference registration fees per
session offered if applications are received by January 12, 2001.  The final
application deadline is April 6, 2001. Application forms can be printed from
the AEOE web site at:
http://www.aeoe.org/conference/spr01/presenter_info.html


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GRANTS
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3. FAMILYPC TEACHERS' TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

The Teachers' Technology Foundation awards grants of up to $2,500 each in
recognition of outstanding ideas that implement technology into the
classroom.  The grants are open to all K-12 Teachers in public or private
schools in the U.S.  Proposals can be submitted online. Application
deadline: December 1.

http://familypc.zdnet.com/learning/mathscience/feature/2000grants/index.html


4. LEADERSHIP FOR A CHANGING WORLD

Leadership for a Changing World, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, seeks to
recognize, strengthen, and support leaders, and to confirm that resourceful
leaders are bringing about positive change in virtually every community.
Every year 20 outstanding leaders or leadership groups not yet broadly known
beyond their immediate community or field are recognized.  Nominees must be
U.S. residents working on domestic issues and have been working for at least
two years in the area for which they are being nominated.  Nomination
applications are available online in PDF format.  Deadline for nominations:
January 5, 2001

http://leadershipforchange.org/nomination/


5. BRANDWEIN SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2000
July 19-29, 2001

The Paul F-Brandwein Institute is seeking environmental science teachers,
who are currently engaged in field-based investigations, to participate in a
ten-day all expenses paid summer leadership program in the Pocono Mountains
of Pennsylvania.  Participants will receive follow-up grants to advance
teaching and learning at outdoor laboratories. The Paul F-Brandwein
Institute manages this science education leadership initiative hosted at the
Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Applications are available online in PDF format.  Application deadline:
December 31.  For more information contact John (Jack) Padalino, President,
Paul F-Brandwein Institute at: bwein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx or 845-856-8230 or
visit: http://www.brandwein.org/BSLI.html.


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UPDATES FROM THE HILL
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6. THE JOHN H. CHAFEE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ACT OF 2000 (H.R. 4745)

A letter in support of H.R. 4745 has been sent to the Hill by 20
organizations representing the Education, Environment and Environmental
Education communities.   Organizations signing off on the letter include the
National Education Association (NEA), the Association of Federated Teachers
(AFT), the Association of Student and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the
National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA), and the National School Board
Association (NSBA). Presently there are 19 co-sponsors with the latest
co-sponsors including Weiner (D-NY) and Barton (R-TX).

For more information visit:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d106:HR04745:@@@L&summ2=m&;


7. CONSERVATION AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2000 (H.R. 701)

A compromise to the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000 (CARA) is
being considered in Congress this week.  The new six-year program calls for
spending $1.6 billion this fiscal year ('01) with the amount to grow by $200
million each year for the following five years.  Funds would have to be
approved by Congress annually.  This new measure is significantly less
ambitious than CARA which proposes to make $3 billion available a year for
15 years without annual congressional approval.  Supporters of CARA in both
the House and Senate remain committed to passing CARA (315 co-sponsors in
the House).

For more information:

AP Newswire, ENN News, September 30
http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2000/09/09302000/ap_landcompromise_32072.as
p?P=1

Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000 (H.R. 701)
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d106:HR00701:@@@L&summ2=m&;


8. CONGRESSIONAL RESOURCES

The 106th Congress is scheduled to adjourn on October 6th.  Visit the House
and Senate web sites to find out more information about your representatives
in Congress:
House:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Senate:
http://www.senate.gov/


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EE RESOURCES
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9. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MATERIALS: GUIDELINES FOR EXCELLENCE WORKBOOK

NAAEE created this 58-page workbook so educators can have access to a
step-by-step guide that explains each of the six key characteristics laid
out in EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence (1996). The Guidelines for
Excellence Workbook bridges the gap between theory and practice by providing
examples and activities that help to clarify the Materials Guidelines.

Order forms are available online at http://www.naaee.org/html/pubintro.htm,
or by calling NAAEE's Publications Office at (706) 764-2926. The workbook is
available at no cost to anyone who purchases the entire Excellence in
Environmental Education Series.  For more information contact Marc Lerro,
NAAEE Communications Director, at (202) 884-8788.


10. THE FUTURE IS HERE - A CONFERENCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
15-19 January 2001, Melbourne, Australia

This conference, on the theme of environmental education as an agent of
social change, will bring 300 to 400 educators from universities, national
parks, pre-schools and schools, private industry and government agencies
together to take part in lectures, symposia, workshops and poster sessions.

Online registration is available.  Early registration ends October 21.
http://www.tce.rmit.edu.au/EEconference/


11. 28TH ANNUAL ASSOCIATION FOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE
November 2-5, 2000, Tucson, Arizona

The theme of the AEE conference is "A Celebration of Learning: Explore the
Vision - Experience the Journey." Conference details and online registration
can be accessed at the AEE web site:
http://www.aee.org/conferences/aeeconf.html.  Regular registration ends
October 13.


12. SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

"Before It's Too Late: The Report to the Nation from The National Commission
on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century," was released on
September 27th by the Glenn Commission. Using a combination of research
results, the wisdom of best practices, and a vision of "what should be," the
Commission has developed a set of recommendations and action strategies to
help ensure that an adequate supply of highly skilled individuals enter and
remain in the math and science teaching profession.

To order copies of the report, write to Education Publications Center, U.S.
Dept. of Education, PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398, call toll free
1-877-433-7827, fax 301-470-1244, or   email: edpubs@xxxxxxxxxxxx

The full report is available online in PDF and Word formats at:
http://www.ed.gov/inits/Math/glenn/index.html


13. ROTARY SCHOLAR AT NAAEE

As a Rotary Foundation vocational study scholar for the year 2000, Dr. Shaju
Thomas will be gaining expertise in EE and evaluating the International EE
Course that NAAEE has conducted in recent years. Shaju attended NAAEE's
International EE Course in 1994 and says it helped him to become more
effective as an educator. Shaju's selection by Rotary was based on a global
competition for 10 to 15 scholarships.  He will be with NAAEE until
December.

Shaju is from Muvattupuzha in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where he
is a lecturer in Zoology at Nirmala College. He has been involved in
biodiversity research and environmental education for several years.
Currently he is the president of the Centre for Diversity Studies, an NGO
working for biodiversity conservation and EE in Kerala.  Shaju can be
contacted via email at: sthomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx or mtshaju@xxxxxxxxxx



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