TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Henry Algera

Name of university

Seattle Pacific University

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


University course number

EDU 6918; EDU 6139

University course title

6918 - Introduction to Teaching;

6139 - Leadership in Teaching

University course catalogue description

6918 - Introduces the critical elements leading to successful teaching. Provides opportunities to become familiar with the changing standards and expectations that result from Washington state's educational reform movement.

6139 – A capstone experience that provides the opportunity to use coursework in foundations, research, pedagogy and internship to develop tentative answers to challenges encountered in teaching. Students will be asked to reflect upon significant events, knowledge gained throughout the program, and the successes, challenges, disappointments, and surprises they encountered during their internships.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

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Introduce pre-service teachers to their responsibilities as classroom teachers with regards to EE-ESE.

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

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EDU 6918 – We started our study by viewing The Story of Stuff online. This served as a “jumping off point” for a classroom and small group discussions on issues associated with sustainability and environmental education and our responsibilities as teachers.

EDU 6139 – The text, Educating citizens for global awareness. (Noddings, 2005) was a principal text for this class. Numerous chapters address sustainability-related topics. These were discussed in on-campus classes and in field-placement reflection blogs.

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.

Indoor classroom activities

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


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


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

End of course evaluations



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

Work to include a more deliberate integration of EE-ESE topics within the two courses.

Thank you!