TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Name of university

Central Washington University

Level of preparation for the program being described: elementary, middle school, high school (or combination)


University course number

SCED 487

University course title

Teaching Secondary Science Seminar

University course catalogue description

487 - Students compile knowledge, skills, and dispositions evidence and reflect on performance relative to professional standards. Students discuss current secondary science education issues, participate in program assessment, prepare for endorsement exam, and complete an electronic portfolio.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

Get teacher candidates thinking about how to incorporate current events and interdisciplinary environmental sustainability science into their future secondary class.

Description of the experience(s) the pre-service teachers had to learn EE-ESE strategies

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Instead of attending our regularly scheduled seminar, teacher candidates attended two or more hours of activities connected with CWU’s program for Focus the Nation January 31, 2008 (a nation-wide movement to educate young people on sustainable energy options). They wrote synopses of the sessions they attended and then developed the outline of a way that secondary students could be involved in such an event; they described how they would use it as a spring board or culminating experience in an inquiry-based interdisciplinary science unit on sustainable energy.

Materials/equipment needed for the pre-service teacher experience (include technology that may have been used)


Were preK-12 children involved? (Yes or no). If yes, describe their involvement and ages.


Was this an indoor or outdoor project (or both)?

Describe the setting.

Inside – various rooms in the CWU Student Union

Were other subject area professors involved? Yes or no. If yes, what subjects were integrated? How?

Yes – and a number of community members in fields from climatology to energy systems to building construction. Community members, CWU staff, and CWU professors all gave talks and led discussion and question/answer sessions.

Were there community/ agency/institution partners? Yes or no. If yes, how was the partnership structured?

Yes, see above

How was the program evaluated? What did the pre-service teachers have to say?

The class was evaluated as a whole through the CWU Student Evaluation and Outcomes of Instruction process. Overall the class received high marks from the students for being relevant to preparing to become teaching professionals.


If another grant was written to support your EE-ESE work, what types of things would you hope to accomplish?


Thank you!