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Happy Holidays! December 12, 2003



EE-NEWS @NAAEE
December 12, 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).

 

Special Note:  EE-News will be taking a break for the holidays!   The next posting will appear the week of January 5, 2004. Best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.



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EE-NEWS ITEMS
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* RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES*
1. Managing Resources For Competing Users ? Call For Abstracts

2. The Science Teacher ? Call For Submissions


* GRANTS*

3. Toyota International Teacher Program

4. Igniting Creative Energy Challenge

5. Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program

6. Earth Dance: An Environmental Short-Film Festival

7. Echoing Green


* UPDATES FROM THE HILL*
8. Appropriations FY04 ? Update


* EE RESOURCES*

9. Linking Schools And Communities - Bridging The Formal-Nonformal Gap

10. Winter Ecological Field Studies

11. Earth Expeditions

12. Idaho Environmental Education Summit

13. Communicating Complex Biological Stories In National Parks

14. Environmental Learning Institute Torch

15. Graduate Teaching Practicum In Environmental Education And Natural Science

16. Great Lakes Invasions Curriculum Guide

17. Environmental Adult Education: Ecological Learning, Theory And Practice For Socio-Environmental Change

18. Environmental Education Research

 


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RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
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1. MANAGING RESOURCES FOR COMPETING USERS ? CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference

April 25-28, 2004 - Princess Royale Hotel and Conference Center, Ocean City, Maryland

 

This year's conference promises to provide valuable knowledge on fish and wildlife management issues, as well as strengthen the relationships among the members of the region. Submissions of abstracts for review and inclusion in the conference program are now being accepted. Papers, posters and videos will be selected on the basis of quality, originality and significance to the program.  Sessions will be scheduled for Human Dimensions/Information and Education, Administration/Licensing, Conservation Law Enforcement, Engineering, Fisheries (including Inland Fisheries, Fish Culture/Fish Health, Anadromous Fish and Marine Fish), and Wildlife. 

 

Submission deadline: January 20, 2004

http://northeastconference.fws.gov/papers.html

 

 

 

2. THE SCIENCE TEACHER ? CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

High school science teachers are invited and encouraged to submit manuscripts describing successful collaborative projects between science classes and the community for possible publication in NSTA's member journal The Science Teacher.   If you and your students work together as a scientific team to affect your environment, improve the scientific literacy of your local community, do field research during the summer break, or otherwise work to improve your community as collaborative scientists, consider submitting your story. 

 

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2004.

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-12/tst.htm

 

Online Submission Forum (indicate in the "theme" field that the article is for the "Student/Teacher/Community Successes" issue)

http://msrs.nsta.org

 

 

 

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GRANTS
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3. TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL TEACHER PROGRAM

June 16-July 3, 2004 ? Japan


The Toyota International Teacher Program is a unique study abroad
opportunity for American educators. It provides a first-hand professional development experience in an international setting, and its benefits extend to the classroom and community in the U.S. through specially devised impact plans proposed by each participating teacher.   Full time classroom teachers, grades 9-12, all disciplines, in the eight program states (AL, CA, IN, KY, MI, MS, TX and WV) are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: January 12, 2004.
http://www.iie.org/programs/toyota

 

 

 

4. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CHALLENGE

 

The Challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. Students are asked to submit entries that reflect the competition theme and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family, or group can do to make a difference in their home, school, or community. Students may express their ideas on energy conservation and the environment in the form of science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music, video, or website projects. They may also submit recent service projects or results from the National Energy Foundation's own Energy Patrol activities. The Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec.

 

All entries are due by February 21, 2004.

http://www.ignitingcreativeenergy.org/

 

 

 

5. MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Eighty $5,000 scholarships are available for sophomore and junior
undergraduate students studying fields related to the environment. Majors have included biology and other natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. It is anticipated that the candidate's plan of study will include coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in the area of the candidate's career field.

 

A Udall Faculty Representative must nominate students before March 3, 2004. Please contact Melissa Millage with any questions at (520) 670-5542, millage@xxxxxxxxx, or visit:

 

http://www.udall.gov/p_scholarship.htm


 

 

6. EARTH DANCE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL
April 2, 2004 - James Moore Theater, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
 

The Oakland Museum of California is calling for submissions for its 1st Annual Environmental Film Festival. Films can be serious, informative and/or funny, but they must address an environmental topic.  For example, you could make a movie about squirrels, the health effects of eating fish caught from San Francisco Bay, or the fears that people have about spiders. You write, produce, direct and film your story. In the end, 10 videos will be selected and shown on the night of the festival.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Film, Best Content and Audience Favorite.


Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on March 22, 2004.
Send videos to: Zakary Zide
, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

For more information contact: Zakary Zide, Film Festival Coordinator; zzide@xxxxxxxxxxxx; 510.238.3818.

 

 

 

7. ECHOING GREEN

 

Echoing Green is a global social venture fund that identifies, funds, and
supports visionary leaders with bold new ideas for social change.  Founded
in 1987, Echoing Green has invested more than $21 million to help 370
leaders spark positive change in 30 countries.  Our Fellows create
groundbreaking public service organizations that are innovative, replicable,
sustainable, and committed to catalyzing positive social change.  From
providing affordable health insurance to freelance workers in New York City
to teaching teens how to prevent HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Echoing Green Fellows
have launched organizations in education, youth development, health,
housing, environmental justice, civil and human rights, economic
development, social justice, the arts and immigration. Leaders from any
nation, working in any program area are eligible to apply.


Application deadline: January 12, 2004.

http://www.echoinggreen.org/

 

 


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UPDATES FROM THE HILL
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8. APPROPRIATIONS FY04 ? UPDATE

 

The $820 billion Omnibus Appropriations Bill (HR 2673) was passed by the House on December 9th (242-176), but will not be considered by the Senate until January 20th after Congress reconvenes. The bill includes $9.75 million to fund the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program in FY 2004 and $9.16 million for EPA's Office of Environmental Education. The President's FY 2004 budget request recommended a 50% budget cut to the STAR program and zeroed out funds for the Office of EE. Senators Bond (R-MO), Milkulski (D-MD) and Stevens (R-AK) and Representatives Walsh (R-NY) and Obey (D-WI) were key supporters of EE funding.

 

Omnibus Appropriations Bill (HR 2673)

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:H.R.2673:

 

 


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EE RESOURCES
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9. LINKING SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES - BRIDGING THE FORMAL-NONFORMAL GAP

December 8-19 - Online

 

Join this NAAEE discussion hosted by Kim Stokely, Education Director, Adopt-A-Watershed. The discussion will focus on the following questions:

 

The value of integrating communities and schools is clear. However, schools, community-based organizations, agencies, and individuals have a difficult time bridging the gap between the needs of the community and the needs of the school. How do we form strong partnerships between schools and community? How do we bring schools into communities and communities into schools in a successful and meaningful way?

 

http://www.naaee.org/forum/linking_schools.php?topicID=791922846

 

 

 

10. WINTER ECOLOGICAL FIELD STUDIES

January 20 - April 30, 2004 ? Online, Montana State University

 

This course is designed for middle and high school educators to learn and practice basic ecological field study techniques and integrate them into their environmental, science or ecology instruction. A wide variety of field study techniques will be presented and the participants will share the results of the environmental studies on-line. Basic ecological concepts will be presented in the context of the field studies. Educators will have opportunities to share their views on a variety of topics related to the environment and education. The course will allow the participants to learn more about various ecological regions and approaches to teaching in nature.

 

Course description

http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses/edci580FldStdW.html

 

Online Course Registration (EDCI 580-01)

https://btc.montana.edu/storg/secure/register.taf

 

 

 

11. EARTH EXPEDITIONS


A grant-funded program from Miami University and the Cincinnati Zoo provides tuition-free graduate courses overseas. Through the Earth Expeditions program, teachers and other educators can join cheetah conservation efforts in Namibia, explore Neo-tropical ecology in Costa Rica, and help reintroduce blue-and-gold macaws in Trinidad. The expeditions feature educational summits, where participants forge international projects that address vital issues in environmental stewardship.

Application deadline: February 1, 2004. For more information contact Debbie Shelley: shelledl@xxxxxxxxxx

http://dragonfly.wcp.muohio.edu/EEprogram/

 

 

 

12. IDAHO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SUMMIT

March 5 ? 6, 2004 - Idaho Historical Museum, Boise, Idaho

Come share at Idaho's largest gathering of educators who teach about the environment. The Idaho Environmental Education Summit is the premier statewide event for K-12 practitioners and non-formal educators from local, state, tribal, federal, industry and non-profit providers. At this conference, we celebrate our accomplishments and plan our future efforts.

Early registration deadline: December 31st. For more information and a registration form contact Donny Roush at
donny@xxxxxxxxxxx or 208-232-5674.

 

 

 

13. COMMUNICATING COMPLEX BIOLOGICAL STORIES IN NATIONAL PARKS
March 30-31, 2004 ? Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

This 2-day hands-on workshop will focus on successfully communicating and
designing educational programs for National Park Service (NPS) biological
resources.   Goals are to:  Provide natural resource training for park
interpreters that will supplement their current skills; understand the
"why" and "so what" of the scientific process as a foundation for reaching
educators; provide tips and techniques for enhancing public stewardship
from interpretation to management; participants will complete a product and
contribute to a publication on techniques for bringing the biological
sciences to both the general public and educators.  A small travel stipend is available for NPS employees and limited space is available for non-NPS staff. 

 

Application deadline: February 16, 2004. For more information and an application contact: Nina_Roberts@xxxxxxx

http://www.nature.nps.gov/LearningCenters/new/biowrkshp_flyer_mar03.pdf

 

 

 

14. ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING INSTITUTE TORCH

Summer 2004

 

The Environmental Learning Institute and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation are fielding professional development workshops in Quintana Roo, Belize, British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska.  These summer 2004 workshops offer intermediate-secondary science educators opportunities to learn more about inquiry-based science education philosophy, pedagogy and praxis and global environmental change while learning about a threatened North American ecosystem of global significance. Each course has a dual tract structure in biology and geology allowing the participant to specialize in their discipline of interest.

Geology and biology faculty supervise all courses.

 

Re-certification and graduate science credits, as well as partial course fee fellowships are available. For more information email silverberg@xxxxxxxxxxxx or visit:

 

http://www.environmentallearning.org/2004_TORCH_index.htm

 

 

 

15. GRADUATE TEACHING PRACTICUM IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND NATURAL SCIENCE

August 16 - November 19, 2004 - University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources and College of Education are seeking qualified graduate students (and exceptional senior undergraduates) for a one-semester teaching residency experience at the McCall Outdoor Science School. This academic training program includes field teaching 5th - 8th grade students and coursework in environmental education and natural science.  Those interested in teaching in formal settings and/or non-formal environmental education settings should apply.  Room and board provided.

Application deadline: April 1, 2004. Non-resident tuition scholarships available to all students enrolled in UI graduate programs, and on a merit basis for non-UI graduate students (merit criteria: financial need and academic/professional accomplishments).

http://www.pcei.org/education/mossgrad.htm

 

 

 

16. GREAT LAKES INVASIONS CURRICULUM GUIDE

This guide will give students a good introduction to aquatic invasive species and
is a helpful teaching tool to enhance biology/ecology/environmental
science lessons. Developed by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and The Chicago Tribune News in Education.


http://www.iisgcp.org/edu/br/grlksinv.pdf

 

 

 

17. ENVIRONMENTAL ADULT EDUCATION: ECOLOGICAL LEARNING, THEORY AND PRACTICE FOR SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
By  Darlene E. Clover, Professor, University of Victoria, Canada; Lilian H. Hill, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

 

Environmental Adult Education brings an ecological perspective to studies of adult learning by concretizing the interconnections between people's experiences of environmental deterioration and recognition of the destructive powers of the global economy. This volume situates environmental adult education within a socio-political and eco-epistemological framework, explores how new language and metaphors can counteract problematic modern worldviews, and analyzes the potential of environmental, justice-based learning to combat socio-environmental oppressions.

 

http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787971707.html

 

 

 

18. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH


Three new papers from recent issues of EER, an international referred journal, are currently available online, including: Factors Influencing Young People's Conceptions of Environment (Loughland et al., 9(1) 2003); Participatory Rural Appraisal as an Approach to Environmental Education in Urban Community Gardens (Doyle et al., 9(1) 2003); and, Social Learning as an Approach to Environmental Education: lessons from a program focusing on non-indigenous, invasive spaces (Krasny, et al., 8(2) 2002).

A new selection of EER articles will be made available online approximately every six months at:

http://www.educationarena.com/educationarena/sample/res_samples.htm

 

Volume 9 Number 3/August 2003 of Environmental Education Research is also available online. Selected articles can be accessed for a fee. http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=w82dej1blw65

 

 


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