Get Out – Empowering Educators to Teach Outside
Thursday, September 26
4:30 – 6:30 pm
McClane Audubon Center, Concord
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New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference and the Sustainable Schools Summit
Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum
November 1- 3, 2013
Salve Regina University – Newport, Rhode Island
Join us for a day long summit with other educator professional development providers from around the state to discuss how we might better collaborate in providing opportunities for pre and in service teachers around topics related to creating an environmentally literate citizen. This idea was developed as one of the strategies to help implement the NH Environmental Literacy Plan.
The summit will take place on Monday October 28, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm at Southern NH University. There is no charge for the summit as it is supported with a grant from New England Environmental Education Alliance and the EPA. To register go to www.nhplt.org, even though this is a free workshop to do the final submit of the registration just click on mail in check.
We hope to see you there
NH ELP co-convener
NH Project Learning Tree Coordinator
The 2013 New England Environmental Education Association Conference & The Sustainable Schools Summit
Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum
November 1-3, 2013
Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island
This year, the NEEEA Conference is partnering with the RI Sustainable Schools Summit to create connections across environmental and educational fields, increasing the ability of students, citizens, and our environment to sustain and thrive in the 21st century.
• Choose from over 40 workshops and field trips
• Hear keynote speaker, David Orr, Founder of the Oberlin Project and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College
• Grow from cross-sector networking and collaboration
• Meet New England’s 2013 Environmental Education Award winners.
• Learn how to increase environmental literacy
• Help create and maintain effective, safe and healthy green schools throughout New England
Many thanks to our conference sponsors and supporters including, The Rhode Island Foundation, Ferry Beach Ecology School, Four Winds Nature Institute, and National Grid.
Find out more at http://www.neeea.org/conference/neeea-2013.html
We have eight places left at this free program next week. We are looking for additional teachers and educators to sign-up. – Outreach specialists from agencies, utilities, county officers, and non-profits are also welcome to attend.
ORGANIZED BY: Green Mountain Conservation Group & American Ground Water Trust
WHAT: WATER TOPICS FOR TEACHERS
WHEN: Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (9:00am to 4:00pm – lunch provided)
WHERE: The Community School, 1164 Bunker Hill Road, South Tamworth, New Hampshire 03883
COST: FREE! Includes lunches, snacks and a (big) bunch of handouts
GRADES: All grades welcome – focus is Middle & High School teachers and general citizen water awareness educators
SUBJECTS: Water reaches all subjects! Presentations are all related to water issues in New Hampshire.
PRESENTERS: Experts from the private sector, state and federal agencies and non-profit water education organizations
WHY?: The program will give a unique opportunity for teachers to explore aspects of water that are relevant to New Hampshire. Water science and water management experts from the water industry and government agencies will be presenting the program. We recognize that teachers in all grades must adhere to state standards for content and required learning objectives, and so our approach, through class sessions, demonstrations, discussions and handouts, is to demonstrate how to integrate water topic subject matter into existing curricula. The program will show that exciting and practical “water science” can be applied to many traditional subject areas.
Those involved in non-formal education and/or in educating the public will benefit from this crash-course on the background to water supply and environmental issues.
We believe that teachers educators who are excited about environmental education and who are provided with some training in water-related cause-and-effect will be more likely to effectively teach environmental concepts to their students with a positive and motivating style. Our Institutes get teachers excited and focused. There are thousands of school storerooms groaning with unused curriculum materials. The institutes get teachers fired up to make use of the many excellent materials that are already available.
Typically we have a full spectrum of teachers who teach science subjects, very few of whom have had much training or prior experience of basic hydrologic or environmental aspects of water, water supply or water related issues. We will give you background on topics such as the state’s water resources, impacts of hydraulic fracturing, road salt and ground water quality, use of gray water, climate change and water supply, how water softeners and iron removal systems work.
The American Ground Water Trust has organized over 60 training programs for teachers in 17 states. The very first water program was held in Waterville Valley, NH in 2000. We are back in New Hampshire with this action-packed two-day event in Tamworth.
Students, and older citizens, made aware of the economic and environmental importance of water resources and aquatic habitat are likely to become motivated to protect and conserve resources. As the future voting citizens in New Hampshire we hope students impacted by water-savvy teachers will recognize the connected and integrated nature of the environment and therefore be empowered to play an active role in protecting resources for sustainable use.Andrew Stone Executive Director American Ground Water Trust 50 Pleasant Street Concord, New Hampshire 03301 USA Telephone: (603) 228-5444 Fax: (603) 228-6557 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.agwt.org
The purpose of this U.S. Department of Education program is to provide technical assistance and training on the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing elementary and secondary education facilities. The deadline for applications for this cooperative agreement is August 12, 2013.>>>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications proposing research that will inform K-12 educational facilities building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal of the research grant is to understand the relationship among environmental factors and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff.>>>
The Internal Revenue Service released the 2013 allocations for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs). Established in 1997 and administered by school districts serving low‐income to issue tax‐credit bonds that save on interest costs for financing school renovations and repairs, but not new construction. Local education agencies should contact their state education agency for additional information.>>>
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 28 that USDA is accepting applications for grants to provide access to education, training and healthcare resources in rural areas. Completed applications must be received by August 12, 2013. >>>
The Rural Community Facilities Program is designed to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas, including school facilities. The rural community facilities grants, direct and guaranteed loans are available to municipalities, counties, special‐purpose districts, non‐profit corporations, and tribal governments to be used in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Rural school leaders should contact their USDA state office for assistance with accessing Rural Development programs. >>>
ED is working to make all schools healthier, safer and more sustainable with initiatives in the areas of facilities, health and environment. Several key programs in these areas are:
- U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
- Green Strides Webinar Series
- Green Strides Resources
Other programs that help support schools’ work to reduce environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and support effective environmental education are:
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- ED STEM Grants
- Sustainability Education Summit Proceedings MS Word (483K)
ED Health Programs
- Early Learning Initiative
- Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
- Office of Safe and Healthy Students Programs
- Carol M. White Physical Education Program
- Promise Neighborhoods
ED Facilities Programs
- Educational Facilities Clearinghouse
- Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program
- Impact Aid Discretionary Facilities Construction Grant Program
- Impact Aid Facilities Maintenance Grant Program
Inter-Agency Initiatives and Strategy
- Sustainability and Environmental Justice Reports
- Inter-Agency Task Force on Environmental Education
- Urban Waters Federal Partnership
- Inter-Agency Working Group on Environmental Justice
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of the Interior and Education to Use Public Lands in Enhancing Educational Opportunities
For more information, visit the Green Strides pages at the US DOE online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/index.html
June 22, 2013 – President Barack Obama will lay out his vision for the steps he believes the country needs to take to address the effects of climate change and fight it on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. at Georgetown.
He will speak from the same university building the nation’s first president spoke from in 1797.
Old North, which served as Georgetown’s main building from 1795 until the completion of Healy Hall, has received 13 United States presidents.
The speech will be webcast live on http://www.georgetown.edu.
Image credit: http://www.georgetown.edu/news/obama-old-north-2013.html
The presidents include Washington, who spoke after completing his term, and Georgetown alumnus President Bill Clinton (SFS’68), who gave a speech to the diplomatic corps in 1993 just days before his inauguration.