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April 30, 2003



EE-NEWS @NAAEE
April 30, 2003

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


*NAAEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE*
October 7-11 - Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
http://www.naaee.org/conferences/index.php


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EE-NEWS ITEMS
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* RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES*
1. Promoting Quality EE in Education Journals

2. Building The Future: One Green Brick At A Time ? Call For Presenters

* GRANTS*

3. Leadership Opportunity for Environmental Science Teachers

4. Schumacher College Scholarships

5. National Geographic Society Education Foundation Teacher Grants

6. Help Us Help Foundation

7. Renewable Energy Curriculum Development


* UPDATES FROM THE HILL*
 8. Natural Science, Wildlife and Environmental Education Partnership Fund Act

* EE RESOURCES*

9. Western Regional Interpretive Skills Training (WRIST)
10. Growing Roots: Pathways to Environmental Education

11. Zoological and Environmental Science Training (ZEST) for Teachers

12. Training Tools for Non-Formals, Train-the-Trainer Workshop

13. Wade into Watersheds

14. Marine Turtle Conservation in Cuba

15. New Masters Program in Environmental Education and Communication



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RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
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1. PROMOTING QUALITY EE IN EDUCATION JOURNALS

 

As part of EETAP's (Environmental Education and Training Partnership) efforts to promote environmental education (EE) as an effective approach for increasing student learning and environmental literacy, EETAP is encouraging teachers and principals to write about their environmental education experiences for education journals and magazines. The primary audience EETAP wants to reach is other K-12 teachers in subject areas such as science, social studies, language arts, math, fine arts, and health. Secondary audiences include principals, curriculum specialists, school board members, and parents. EETAP is especially interested in the use of EE in urban schools and culturally diverse settings.

 

EETAP will pay the teachers or principals $300 to help cover their expenses upon submission of the article to the selected magazine or journal. Proposal deadline: May 30th. For submission guidelines, please contact Gus Medina at gmedina@xxxxxxxx or 905-468-8031.

 

 

 

2. BUILDING THE FUTURE: ONE GREEN BRICK AT A TIME ? CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Alliance for New Jersey for Environmental Education (ANJEE)

January 8-10, 2004 - Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

ANJEE is seeking presenters for New Jersey?s annual statewide environmental education conference. The focus of the conference is green schools (incorporating new designs/technology into environmental education lessons) and community resources. Natural history, best practices, and education and science research presentations are also desired.

For more information please contact Rebecca Lesko, ANJEE conference chairperson at ANJEEconference@xxxxxxxxxor 973-773-5509 (before 9 pm).

http://www.anjee.net/conference/index.html

 

 

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GRANTS
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3. LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEACHERS
 
The WorldWatcher project at Northwestern University is recruiting educators to become Toyota Teacher Leaders in Environmental Science. Toyota Teacher Leaders are visionaries in environmental science education, with a track record of assisting other teachers in improving the science instruction in their classrooms. These leaders will support the nationwide roll out of Looking at the Environment, a new research-based environmental science curriculum for high school that incorporates technology to support investigations with data.
 
Teacher leaders can be: classroom teachers, administrators, professional developers, university faculty or others who are interested in offering professional development and ongoing support to environmental science teachers.
 

Application deadline: May 15th.  Contact Kathleen Schwille for more information at: k-schwille@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or visit:
 

http://www.worldwatcher.northwestern.edu/field_test.htm



 

4. SCHUMACHER COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Schumacher College is pleased to announce a generous grant of $60,000 from
the Educational Foundation of America (EFA), which will make it possible
for the College to offer a new scholarship programme to suitable US
citizens. Schumacher College is a not-for-profit international centre for ecological studies that has run a programme of short residential courses (usually three weeks long) with leading environmental thinkers and activists such as Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, David Orr, Frances Moore Lappé, Amory Lovins, Hazel Henderson, Terry Tempest Williams and Thomas Moore. The College provides a unique, holistic learning experience where intensive intellectual enquiry is combined with meditation, physical work, social activity and time spent outdoors.  

 

For more information contact: The Administrator, Schumacher College, The Old Postern, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6EA, UK - Tel:  +44-1803-865934; Fax : +44-1803-866899; admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/prospect/homepage.html

 

 


5. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EDUCATION FOUNDATION TEACHER GRANTS


The foundation's teacher grants are awarded to educators to facilitate their work in the classroom, school, district, and/or community. Projects that feature outreach to urban areas are particularly encouraged. In accordance with its mission, the foundation seeks to fund projects in either of two broad categories: 1) promoting geographic knowledge through education, and 2) promoting stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Applications are accepted from any current teacher or administrator in an accredited K-12 school within the United States.

Application deadline: June 12th. Online applications are strongly encouraged.

 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/teacher_community/get_grant.html


 

 

6. HELP US HELP FOUNDATION

 

The Help Us Help Foundation assists K-12 public schools and youth organizations in economically challenged communities to obtain information technology tools. The foundation will donate new Internet appliances and laser printers as well as all the ancillary equipment necessary to connect the devices, including network hubs, cables, and electrical surge protectors.

Application deadline: August 31st. For complete guidelines and online application forms visit:

http://www.helpushelp.org/pages/grant_index.html

 

 

 

7. RENEWABLE ENERGY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

The Renewable Energy Trust, administered by the Massachusetts Technology
Collaborative (MTC), is inviting applications from math, science and social
studies teachers, grades 4-12, to submit proposals that describe how they
can develop curricula enhancements to bring renewable energy issues and
concepts into their classroom teaching. Teachers may submit individual proposals,

but the Trust is keenly interested in receiving proposals from teams of
teachers, in or across disciplines.

Deadline for Applications: May 15th.


http://www.masstech.org/Grants_and_Awards/EPA/03EPA03Info.htm




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UPDATES FROM THE HILL
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8. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP FUND BECOMES LAW

On April 16th Governor Gary Locke signed Washington state's first law focused solely on environmental education: HB 1466, the Natural Science, Wildlife and Environmental Education Partnership Fund Act. This bill creates an account in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide grants for proven and innovative environmental education programs across the state.

Eligible grant recipients are not-for-profit organizations that partner with
schools, agencies, businesses, and other organizations to provide quality,
balanced natural science curricula and materials on Washington's lands and
waters, flora and fauna, and human use and impact. No appropriation to the
fund was made this session.

First introduced in 2001, HB 1466 received support and endorsements from an
unprecedented coalition of elected public officials of both parties, as well
as organizations and agencies including: Audubon Washington, Environmental
Education Association of Washington, Governor's Council on Environmental
Education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Principals
Association, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington
Education Association, Washington State Farm Bureau, Washington State School
Directors' Association, Washington Forest Protection Association, and the
Woodland Park Zoological Society.

 

Natural Science, Wildlife and Environmental Education Partnership Fund Act (HB 1466)

http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1466

 

 


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EE RESOURCES
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9. WESTERN REGIONAL INTERPRETIVE SKILLS TRAINING (WRIST)

National Association for Interpretation

June 1-6 ? La Foret Conference Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado


This five-day event offers intensive hands-on training. Participants can choose from one of four tracks: Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) essentials, Interpretive writing and editing, Certified Heritage Interpreter (CHI) non-personal media, and Certified Interpretive Host (CIH) trainer course.

 

Early registration discounts have been extended until May 15th. Registration forms available online.

 

http://www.interpnet.com/home.htm

 

 

 

10. GROWING ROOTS: PATHWAYS TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Nebraska Alliance For Conservation and Environment Education
June 16-17 - Lied Conference Center, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Keynote speaker Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman, director for the State Education and

Environment Roundtable, will discuss new ways of connecting the environment
with formal education by using the environment as an integrating context
(EIC) for learning.  He will present research that demonstrates the role
whole-school EIC programs can have in improving academic achievement,
developing basic life and critical-thinking skills, and building students'
knowledge of their natural surroundings and community.  In addition to
several concurrent sessions, other major presentations will include a panel of
state curriculum consultants speaking on state standards and EE. A focus group

on "Building Capacity for EE in Nebraska" will also be held as part of developing

an EE master plan for the state.

Please email Harry Heafer at
hheafer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx with questions.  Registration forms on-line at:


http://www.nacee.org/conference.html

 

 

11. ZOOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TRAINING (ZEST) FOR TEACHERS
July 21-25th  - Session 1 (for teachers grades 3-8)
August 11-15th - Session 2 (for teachers grades 8-12)

 

This summer the Olympic Park Institute (OPI) will host a professional development training for teachers interested in learning more about environmental education and increasing their own natural history knowledge.  The training will be presented by Olympic Park Institute staff, with involvement from the Woodland Park Zoo, Olympic National Park, Olympic Natural Resource Center, Jamestown S?klallam Tribe, and other Pacific Northwest educational providers.

 

Course fees ($295 for enrollments before May 15, 2003) cover lodging, food and tuition for the five day professional development training. Need?based scholarships are available, contact OPI for an application. Up to 34 Clock Hours are available at an additional cost. Call for details. 360?928?3720.

http://yni.org/opi/opi_fieldscience/class_professional.html

 

 

 

12. TRAINING TOOLS FOR NON-FORMALS, TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP

August 11-14 - National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, West Virginia

 

This course has been designed to provide a "crash course" on the culture of formal
education and offers suggestions on how to maximize contacts with classroom teachers, particularly when offering teacher training.  It helps non-formal educators understand the needs, background, language and priorities of classroom instructors.  Each module has been constructed to fully engage the learner in sound, and often cutting edge, educational activity.  Teams will learn how to conduct a similar workshop for non-formal educators in their state or region.  Each team is expected to hold a Training Tools for Non-Formals Workshop within a year of course completion. The key to a successful workshop is to have
team members that represent agencies and organization that support staff
development and involvement.  Teams should consist of three individuals.

 

There are two applications.  To be considered for the course, both applications must be completed and submitted by June 2nd. For applications and more information, contact Bora Simmons at boras@xxxxxxx or Department of Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.

 

 

 

13. WADE INTO WATERSHEDS

 

Adopt-A-Watershed has released a new middle school curriculum ?Wade into Watersheds.?  Students will learn how water supports living things and how humans affect water quality.  Activities focus on the importance of water quality and ways students can protect it.  Among the curriculum supplements included are: ?Where Does Your Water Come From? The Source Water Book??Water Education Foundation; ?Aquatic Habitats: Exploring Desktop Ponds,? GEM Guide?UC Berkeley; ?Give Water a Hand??University of Wisconsin; ?Water Wisdom??Alameda Office of Education; and ?Hands On Save Our Streams??Izaak Walton League.

 

http://www.adopt-a-watershed.org/matrix/wiw.htm                        

                       

 

 

14. MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION IN CUBA
June 21 - August 3 - Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba


The Institute for Conservation Studies (ICONS) is offering a 6 week program
this summer through the Centro de Investigaciones Marinas (CIM), to help support marine turtle conservation in Cuba. Participants will take part in fieldwork that will teach them to collect and analyze data through marine turtle monitoring.  Coursework will include conservation communications theory and practice, marine turtle conservation biology, and coastal ecology. The culmination of the course will be an independent project that will serve CIM's environmental education and marine turtle monitoring initiatives. Independent projects include
opportunities to learn how to develop environmental interpretation materials, document coastal and marine biota through acoustical ecology, and map coastal
environments.

http://www.iconsprojects.org/cuba.shtml

 

 

 

15. NEW MASTERS PROGRAM IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION

 

Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia launches its new Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program on August 11th. This new, two-year program combines three summer residency periods at RRU with on-line courses. RRU will provide both theoretical and practical work in environmental education and communications applicable to classroom teachers, and agency or NGO educators and communicators.

 

http://www.royalroads.ca/ste
 

 


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