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Professional development can give science teachers fresh perspectives, new curricula, exciting travel, teambuilding opportunities, and most importantly—renewed inspiration. Every teacher deserves to participate! Unfortunately, many programs are competitive and writing a successful application can be difficult.   So we asked a few of our own EPI Teacher Fellows for advice on how YOU can get into the best teacher trainings, fellowships, and professional development out there. Toward the end, our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator weighs in on what makes her take a second look at applicants to EPI’s Teacher Fellowship program.  1. Start locally Professional development opportunities are available by the thousands, yet some of the best-known programs garner thousands of competitive applications each year. Betsy Craske, the 5th/6th STEM teacher at Sussex School in Missoula, Montana, who recently participated in the Wings Over Water Summer Institute, suggests starting locally with professional... Read More

Education, How To, Professional Development, Travel



The Facts on Trash We all know that trash, especially plastic waste, is a big world problem right now. To put some numbers to it, each year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms (2.64 pounds) per person per day. According to The World Bank, “With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.” Considering that more than half the world’s population does not have access to regular trash collection or management, the environmental pollution and health problems associated with the toxicity of trash will also rise. In terms of economy, trash is a financial burden, requiring cities to spend 20% to 50% of their budgets on waste management. And can you guess who generates the most waste? The United States.  Followed by China, Brazil, Japan, and Germany. “The more urban and... Read More

Conservation, How To



By Maddie Cole The benefits of outdoor education are extensive and well-documented. Learning outdoors improves academic performance, health, and childhood development. It can also instill a sense of civic responsibility and empathy and build ties within the community. Finally, getting outside is fun! Students who venture outside during class time cherish these opportunities and remember this part of their education fondly. We’ve put together a compilation of fun and educational ideas for you to get your students into the fresh air. We’ve tried to include something for everyone – we have ideas for science teachers, humanities teachers, and even art teachers! And these ideas aren’t just for the fall and spring – help stave off cabin fever and try some of our ideas for getting your students outside in the wintertime! ART & EXPRESSION 1. Train the next generation of nature photographers and photojournalists. Give... Read More

Education, How To