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Happy Holidays! December 23, 2002



EE-NEWS @NAAEE
December 23, 2002

The semi-monthly email bulletin provided by the
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE),
with funding from the Environmental Education and Training Partnership
(EETAP).


Special Note:  EE-News will be taking a break for the holidays!   The next
posting will appear the week of January 27, 2003. Best wishes for a peaceful
and enjoyable holiday season.

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EE-NEWS ITEMS
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* RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES*
1. Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Annual Conference - Call
for Presentations
2. Roots & Shoots College Summit
3. NAAEE Annual Conference - Call For Presentations
4. National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference - Call for
Presentations

* GRANTS*
5. City Year Fellowship
6. EPA's Environmental Education Grant Program
7. Volvo For Life Awards

* UPDATES FROM THE HILL*
8. EPA FY 2003 Funding for Environmental Education - Update

* EE RESOURCES*
9. Earth System Science Course for Middle School Teachers
10. From Seed To Seed: Plant Science for K-8 Educators
11. Technology in Mathematics and Science Education
12. The Minnesota Report Card On Environmental Literacy
13. From Sea To Summit
14. The Green Squad
15. Environmental Education Research
16. Local Environment


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RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
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1. COLORADO ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE - CALL
FOR PRESENTATIONS
April 25-27, 2003 - Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, Winter Park,
Colorado

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) is seeking
presenters for its annual conference, Teaching Outside the Box - Creative
Uses of Nature in Education. Conference strands include: EE Trends and
Techniques, Stewardship, Team Building, Cultural History and Outdoor Skills.
Teaching Outside the Box offers an opportunity to share activities,
experiences, and wisdom with others who strive to include nature in their
teaching endeavors.

Presenter Application deadline: January 31, 2003.  For more information
contact CAEE at: 303-273-9527 or info@xxxxxxxx, or visit:

http://www.caee.org/outside.htm



2. ROOTS & SHOOTS COLLEGE SUMMIT
April 9-13, 2003 - Asheville, North Carolina

The Jane Goodall Institute and the Environmental Leadership Center of Warren
Wilson College are pleased to present the 2003 Roots & Shoots College
Summit,
Reasons To Keep On: Drawing Hope From Within & Without. This event for
college students will explore care and concern for the environment, animals
and the human community under the larger theme of sustainability. The summit
will follow three strands: A Global Investment in Sustainability, Colleges
and Universities as Models of Sustainability, and Claiming Personal
Sustainability.

Deadline for presentation  proposals: December 31st.  Application deadline:
February 1, 2003.  Please contact Jill Drzewiecki at the Environmental
Leadership Center, Warren Wilson College, with questions:  828-771-3712 or
jdrzewie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, or visit:

http://www.collegesummit2003.org



3. NAAEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE - CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
October 7-11, 2003 - Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Thinking Globally While Acting Culturally is the theme of NAAEE's 2003
conference. Thinking globally has long been a tenet of EE. Acting culturally
is the celebration of differences among all of us and respecting how these
differences can help us shape a more positive future. The conference will
follow four cultural, diversity and global related strands along with a
research strand - Global EE Sustainability and Futures, Joining Together -
Partnering in EE, Moving the Field Forward: Research in EE, Reaching Across
Audiences - Diversity in EE Programs, and Urban Rural Interface in EE.
Strands will feature workshops, concurrent sessions, poster and interact
sessions. Keynote speakers will present constructs from the strands.

Proposal deadline: January 31, 2003. Application guidelines and online
submission forms can be accessed at:

http://naaee.org/conferences/alaska/cfp2003.php



4. NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL STUDIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE - CALL FOR
PRESENTATIONS
November 14-16, 2003 - Chicago, Illinois

The NCSS annual conference will focus on the content, essential knowledge,
critical issues, and creative teaching that are central to social studies
education. The conference theme is The Power of One - Making a Difference in
a Changing World, focusing on democracy, freedom and patriotism.

Presentation proposal deadline: February 1, 2003.

http://www.socialstudies.org/conference/chicago.shtml



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GRANTS
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5. CITY YEAR FELLOWSHIP

Applications are now being accepted for the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Public
Service Fellowship, a year-long fellowship designed for graduates of MBA,
MPP, MPA and other graduate programs, or those with comparable experience in
the private, civic or governmental sectors who seek to make an impact in the
nonprofit sector. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a talented
individual who will join City Year's National Headquarters in Boston, MA for
a minimum of one year and will work on projects that are essential to
helping City Year achieve its organizational goals.

Application deadline: January 17, 2003.

http://www.cityyear.org/about/fireman.cfm



6. EPA'S ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM

Subject to Congressional action to appropriate funds for EPA's
Environmental Education Grant Program, the EPA is soliciting grant
proposals from education institutions, environmental and educational
public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to support environmental
education projects. EPA has decided not to miss the annual grant cycle,
however, potential grant applicants are advised to refer to the EPA website
around the application deadline to determine the status of funding for the
program.

Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2003.  Please note that EPA reserves the
right to reject all proposals and make no awards, any available funds will
be released September or October 2003 at the earliest.

http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html



7. VOLVO FOR LIFE AWARDS

The Volvo for Life Awards recognizes "ordinary people who act with
conscience, care, and character to help others in need." The intent of the
awards program is to inspire people nationwide to make outstanding
contributions in their own communities.  Nominations will be accepted in the
areas of safety, environment, and quality of life. Fifty semifinalists and
ten finalists will be selected for awards; each finalist will receive
$10,000. To be considered for this year's Awards, a nominee's achievements
must have occurred at least in part during the 2002 calendar year.

Nomination Deadline: February 28, 2003.

http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com/cgi-bin/iowa/english/home.html



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UPDATES FROM THE HILL
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8. EPA FY 2003 FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION - UPDATE

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to release funds under the
current continuing resolution (which provides funding for the first quarter
of FY2003 at FY2002 levels) to the Office of Environmental Education. In
examining funding for environmental education under the continuing
resolution, EPA took notice of the large number of comments and concerns
registered by people in the field. This positive step to release interim
funding has allowed for the commencement of important environmental
education programs. A notice of solicitation has been issued for
environmental education grants and the Environmental Youth Awards, a program
that recognizes young people across America for projects which demonstrate
their commitment to the environment. The EPA has also expressed interest in
continuing the STAR Fellowship program, but it will wait until funds are
authorized by Congressional Appropriations Committees and then approved by
the President to fund the program.

When the 108th Congress convenes on January 7, 2003 it is slated to resume
work on the remaining 11 appropriations bills, although no House floor votes
are scheduled before January 27th. Currently the House and Senate
Appropriations Committees have report language directing funding at $9.16
million for the Environmental Education Program at the EPA.

Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Solicitation Notice
http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html



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EE RESOURCES
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9. EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE COURSE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
January 20-May 18, 2003 - Online

The Earth System Science Course for Middle School Teachers
is a sixteen-week professional development course developed
by the Center for Education Technologies and facilitated by educators at
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). The course
utilizes a student-centered, Earth system science-based classroom.
Participants from all over the country work in collaborative groups in
problem-solving activities. Active participation and reflection on learning
in a
student-centered model enables participants to transfer new learning
techniques to their own teaching.

Spring Registration Deadline, January 17, 2003. Successful participants will
earn three semester hours of graduate credit from the Colorado School of
Mines (CSM). The cost of the course is $200, which includes all of the
materials.

http://www.mcrel.org/epo/essea.asp



10. FROM SEED TO SEED: PLANT SCIENCE FOR K-8 EDUCATORS
January 27 - April 28, 2003 - Online

From Seed to Seed is a professional development course designed for K-8
teachers who incorporate botany and gardening (indoors and out) into their
science curriculum and for teachers who would like to start doing so. In
addition to botany fundamentals, activities and experiments that address K-8
national standards in various disciplines are provided.

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2003. Course credit is available from the
University of Vermont's Division of Continuing Education. Online
registration from the National Gardening Association is available at:

http://www.garden.org/COURSES/fstsdesc.htm



11. TECHNOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
February 24-25, 2003 - Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College,
Pennsylvania

Participants will receive valuable hands-on information on the educational
uses of technology in mathematics and science, including computers and
computer software, scientific probes, Internet use in planning lessons,
Internet use with students in the classroom, developing your own classroom
Web site, and distance learning. The registration fee ($150) covers the cost
of one night's lodging, meals, breaks, and materials.

Registration deadline: February 7, 2003. More information about the
conference and a registration form can be found at:

http://www.rbs.org/mathsci/states/pa/conference/index.shtml



12. THE MINNESOTA REPORT CARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

A new report, The Minnesota Report Card on Environmental Literacy: A
Benchmark Survey of Adult Environmental Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors
documents the results of the first statewide survey concerning environmental
literacy of adults in Minnesota. During 2001, a random sample of 1,000
Minnesota adults was surveyed for their knowledge about, attitudes toward,
and behaviors related to the environment. Portions of the report are modeled
after the National EE Report Card.

http://www.moea.state.mn.us/ee/reportcard.cfm



13. FROM SEA TO SUMMIT

The From Sea to Summit video traces the entire hydrological cycle, using
a mix of computer generated graphics and filmed footage to illustrate the
process as water falls to earth in the form of precipitation, before
filtering down through watersheds into urban and agricultural areas and
finally flows out to sea, where it is eventually evaporated into the
atmosphere to start the entire process over again. Produced by the Surfrider
Foundation.

https://ssl-020.vianetworks.net/beachinfo/store/video.asp



14. THE GREEN SQUAD

The Green Squad web site gives kids the tools and skills they need to help
locate, and solve, environmental and health problems in their schools. The
site is designed primarily for students in fifth through eighth grade, but
also offers information for younger and older students as well as parents
and teachers. The Green Squad is a collaborative project of the Natural
Resources Defense Council and the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) and is
available in English and Spanish.

http://www.nrdc.org/greensquad/default.htm



15. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH

The November 2002 issue of Environmental Education Research, an
international referred journal, is now available online.  Articles include,
"Symbolic
Beliefs as Barriers to Responsible Environmental Behavior" by Richard R.
Jurin and Rosane W. Fortner, "An Educational Strategy for the Environment in
the National Park System of Venezuela" by Nila C. Pellegrini Blanco and
"Sustainability Education and Australian Universities" by Ian Thomas and
Jennifer Nicita.  All articles can be accessed online for a fee - selected
abstracts are available online for free.

http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=762ptuxgday4



16. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

"North American Cities and Smart Growth,"a special issue of Local
Environment, an international referred journal, is now available online.
Articles include: "Smart Growth in a Small Urban Setting: the challenges of
building an acceptable solution," by Henry J. Mayer, Christine M. Danis, and
Michael R. Greenberg; "Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: a comparative
analysis of twenty-four US cities," by Kent E. Portney; and, "Local
Government and the WSSD" by Mike Ashley.  All articles can be accessed
online for a fee - selected abstracts are available online for free.

http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=qwm44nggardx



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