TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

John L. Paznokas

Name of university

Washington State University

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

Materials for K-12 teachers

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Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

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The Equipment Loan Program at WSU is designed to assist classroom teachers by providing them with scientific equipment not normally available in K-12 classrooms. The equipment is also used by pre-service teacher preparation programs to introduce students to the use of the equipment.

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

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Specifically the Equipment Loan Program has water quality testing equipment, kits containing skulls and pelts, forestry testing equipment, soil testing equipment, and microscopes to name a few items. The water quality testing equipment is used by numerous schools to monitor water quality in local water sources including lakes, rivers, creeks and ponds. These activities help students understand the importance of monitoring their environments.

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

The WSU Equipment Loan Program has over $250,000 in inventory that is available for all pre-service teacher preparation programs participating in the TOTOS/EPA grant.

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

The K-8 pre-service teacher preparation program in the College of Education each spring has the students in the elementary science methods course teach third graders environmental lessons at Klemgard Park. These students used various pieces of equipment from the Equipment Loan Program to teach the lessons.

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

Describe the setting.

See above

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

In addition to the Methods Faculty, earth and life science content area faculty assisted with the development of lessons and implementation at Klemgard Park. These lesson integrated science, mathematics, art and social studies.

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

Community partners include the Pullman, Colfax, Garfield and occasionally private and other schools in the area. These schools bussed their students (as many as 250) to Klemgard Park for the outdoor environmental day.

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

Pre-service teachers overwhelmingly agreed that teaching a lesson more than once on as a team helped to build their confidence in science teaching and as a result would be more likely to teach science in their classrooms than if they had not had the experience.


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

Continue the Equipment Loan Program and the partnerships between the College of Education and the College of Education.

Thank you!