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“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

College programs in Environmental Studies and Ecology are some of the fastest-growing fields of study, and many of the programs have gotten competitive. Whichever your dream school, the question is: What can you do to set yourself apart and get accepted? Ecology Project International (EPI) has compiled a list of tips and resources that can help you get the experience and skills you need to get into the program of your dreams—or find work in environmental studies and conservation. Real Wildlife Research Experience No other experience can make your application shine as much as doing real wildlife research. Going on a field science expedition, working with wildlife, assisting scientists, collecting critical data, helping to save endangered species: most people don’t get those kinds of experiences until grad school. If you can find a way to get real research experience, you’ll be taking... Read More

Conservation, Education, Science