Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators
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Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators
News, events, and professional development opportunities to support using the environment as a context for learning in PK-16 Education.
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The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids | iPad Learning Apps and Ideas

The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids | iPad Learning Apps and Ideas | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
If your kids spend more time than you’d like on smartphones and tablets then why not take advantage of their love of technology and introduce them to some apps that will help them spend more time outdoors.
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Send children outside: Nature is the best training ground for STEM careers

Outdoor environmental education cultivates curiosity and discovery in children, the fundamental building blocks of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy, and it encourages students to make science a part of everyday life.
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What E-STEM (environmental STEM) experiences will your students engage in this year?
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Marshall teachers win Energy Educators Award

Marshall teachers win Energy Educators Award | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Jami Collins and Angela Larkins were joint recipients of a Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) 2015 Primary Energy Educator of the Year award.
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This is a great story of how schools can get started with making their school greener and healthier.
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Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park

Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
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Explore public lands with your students this fall! 

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New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain

New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
New research suggests a 90-minute nature walk can lead to less rumination -- a risk factor for depression.
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Can we change school culture by increasing the amount of time spent outside?
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'Nature Is a Powerful Teacher': The Educational Value of Going Outside

'Nature Is a Powerful Teacher': The Educational Value of Going Outside | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
At more than 80 Boston public schools, teachers are moving the classroom outdoors.
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Learning outdoors isn't just for science class. Getting outdoors can boost student performance in all areas!
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6th Grade Nature Sculptures, Fall 2014 - YouTube

6th Grade nature sculptures inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. It was a beautiful day for making art in the park...Both educational and fun! Enjoy. Tha...
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Check out how this school integrated the environmental and art through the study of Andrew Goldsworthy. Great ideas and beautiful creations! 

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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Communities across the United States are working to advance understanding of climate variability and change.
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Do you know a climate education champion? Nominate them by midnight tomorrow! 

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Water Poster Contest Flyer 2015.pdf

Water Poster Contest Flyer 2015.pdf | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
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Attn elem teachers: Support students to learn about water conservation and get a chance to win cash through this poster contest. 

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100 things to do in Wisconsin in the winter

100 things to do in Wisconsin in the winter | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
The weather outside is frightful, and the fire may be delightful, but that doesn’t mean there’s no place to go. Beat cabin fever with these 100 things to do across the state.
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Looking for ways to get your students outside this winter? 

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Binoculars for young citizen scientists!

Binoculars for young citizen scientists! | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Taking the time to pause and look at nature is a first step toward learning about and connecting to the natural world. Binoculars not only help us zoom in on birds, but they allow us to focus our a...
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Tell Cornell Lab of Ornithology how you are studying birds and you can be eligible to get 20 binoculars for your classroom.  They are giving away classroom sets each month! 

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Global Sustainability Education Resources | Facing the Future

Global Sustainability Education Resources | Facing the Future | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Global sustainability curriculum, professional development, service learning, and free K-12 lessons from nonprofit Facing the Future.
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Interested in piloting lessons on household and hazardous waste? Check out the information on the lower left hand page! 

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Conferences and Events

Conferences and Events | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
"NURTURED BY NATURE"Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 7:30am TO 4:00pm
Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville Campus

This will be a day to relax, rejuvenate, and be inspired with new ideas for your work with children. Join us for the great speakers, choose from 30 break-out workshops, and shop the vendors for learning materials. Registration includes 6 hours of continuing education in early childhood education, a light breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and a great day with fellow child care and early education professionals. Keynote speakers: Ken Finch and David Stokes

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Nurtured by Nature is focused on using environmental education for early learning. Call for presentations is now open. 

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To Avoid Nearsightedness, Send Kids Outdoors to Play

To Avoid Nearsightedness, Send Kids Outdoors to Play | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
A study in China showed a 9.1% reduction in kids who spent at least 40 minutes outdoors.
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Environmental Education Through Environmental Action

Environmental Education Through Environmental Action | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
My grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau was once quoted as saying, "Before we talk about the environment, we must talk about education." It's one of my favorite quotes of his because at its root is his

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Knowledge is of little use without understanding what to do with that information. 

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El nieto del gran Cousteau escribe sobre cómo una Educación con un enfoque práctico en materia Medioambiental es la mejor manera de conseguir que los estudiantes respeten el entorno.

 

 

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Free Passes to Parks for Fourth Graders

Free Passes to Parks for Fourth Graders | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
For the 2015-16 school year, fourth graders in the United States can sign up for free admission (families included) to America’s national parks.
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More information to get your students to the park this fall! 

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Outdoor Activities for Speech and Language: Podcast 10 -

Outdoor Activities for Speech and Language: Podcast 10 - | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
These outdoor activities for speech and language development will help you improve your children's speech and language skills while playing outside.
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The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know" | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.
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Taking students outside can be intimidating for teachers who think they have to know everything about what is out there.
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The Profile of a Modern Teacher | Infographic

The Profile of a Modern Teacher | Infographic | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it

One of the greatest misconceptions in education today is that certain teachers have a higher natural aptitude in technology than others.

This inspirational graphic sets out to disprove that notion and remind the audience that external skills are only a function of the internal dispositions that allowed them to grow.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 

 

 


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Beatrice Josse's curator insight, February 15, 2015 10:09 AM

Quelques attitudes essentielles à retenir pour un professeur des écoles compétent. À relier avec le référentiel de compétences du professeur. 

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, February 24, 2015 1:47 PM

I'm loving this as a look at teaching in 2015, and a professional development growth mindset.  

Ian Lowe's curator insight, May 24, 2015 3:45 AM

very similar to Dweck Mindset work. be reflective, try new ideas, embrace change....i ant do that...yet

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Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) | IREX - Civil Society, Education and Media Development

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) | IREX - Civil Society, Education and Media Development | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for United States elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.

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Part of being environmentally literate is understanding the impacts of local choices on a global scale. Environmental literacy and global literacy are both part of 21st Century Learning. 

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Our School Funding System, and Why Change is Needed - YouTube

Learn more: http://dpi.wi.gov/budget/fairfunding This video uses animations and interviews with Wisconsin citizens to make the state's school funding system ...
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A new video, engaging enough that community members might be inclined to watch it over the holiday break, explains how school finance works in Wisconsin and the reasons for reform efforts. 

 

The video features an interview with Deb Pickett, a business owner and parent from Darlington, as well as interviews with members of the Kettle Moraine and Monona Grove school boards.

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Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of geographic understanding.
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Geoliteracy is closely tied to environmental literacy. Check out these resources to use in your classroom.

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Which Field Guide?

Which Field Guide? | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Birding with Kids: Choosing a Field Guide You want to help young people identify birds, and are looking for field guides.  You visit the store and find a dizzying array of choices. What to do? A fi...
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Which field guide do you use in your classroom? This article can help you evaluate resources.Wisconsin has some great state specific ones. 

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Citizen Science for Educators

Citizen Science for Educators | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it
Birds are everywhere. Researchers are not! As a Cornell Lab of Ornithology citizen scientist, you will join tens of thousands of bird watchers across the world who are contributing to bird studies....
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Check out these ways to engage your students in citizen science! 

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UWSP | LEAF - Professional Development

UWSP | LEAF - Professional Development | Environmental Education Resources for Wisconsin Educators | Scoop.it

Choose from 5 workshops throughout the year and sign up for as many as you like. Participants have substitute teacher reimbursement available and a $200 mini-grant to implement a project at their school.  Participant cost $15 for the one day workshops, $30 for the two day workshop.  Topics covered include:

Inclusivity and AccessibilityService LearningWinter Ecology and Tree IdentificationCitizen ScienceClimate Change
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A Forest for Every Classroom is an excellent opportunity for teachers! You can attend one or all five workshops - whatever fits your schedule and curricula.

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