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Blog Category: Professional Development

“Environmental Literacy” might be the phrase of the decade in educator circles. But what is it? What does a lesson that builds environmental literacy look like? And why does it matter for teachers like you? Fifty years ago, in an Audubon publication, a founding member of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society coined the phrase “environmentally literate citizen.” But only recently have educators and organizations tried to break down what environmental literacy really means—and to create frameworks, tools, and policies for accomplishing it through education. Ecology Project International uses the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s and the North American Association of Environmental Education’s definition of an environmentally literate person as: “Someone who demonstrates the knowledge, dispositions, competencies, and behavior to actively engage—individually or as a group—in addressing environmental challenges.” How do those four... Read More

Conservation, Education, Professional Development, Science

The Next Generation Science Standards are a revolutionary new set of standards for U.S. science classrooms—encouraging teachers to get their students learning science by doing science. But when decades of science teaching have focused on textbook learning and teacher lectures, transforming your classroom into an NGSS classroom may be easier said than done! You may already know that the foundation of the NGSS are the performance expectations, replacing the previous concept of “standards.” Students demonstrate knowledge through activities to achieve performance expectations (PEs). These activities allow you as the teacher to see that your students understand the fundamental concepts of a lesson, and understand them well enough to apply them to other situations and topics. They are not “daily standards” but expectations that may take multiple lessons for students to reach. There is a set of PEs for each grade level, K-12,... Read More

Education, Professional Development, Science

Most occupations offer paid professional development opportunities—but this is not always true for teachers. There's often little paid time to create innovative curricula or enough money to take your students on meaningful field trips. So Ecology Project International asked our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator, Klavdija Jenko, to research funding opportunities for science teachers. Here's what she's got: 1. Fund for Teachers Would you like to design your own fellowship? Then you may want to check out Fund for Teachers, which supports educators in their mission to impact student achievement through developing their own leadership skills, knowledge, and confidence. 2. Make a Difference: Teach If you are interested in advancing your own education but haven't been able to find the time or money, check out Teach. This website is dedicated to helping you find online degree options... Read More

Education, Professional Development