TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Sylvia Smith

Name of university

Whitworth University

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


University course number

Masters in Teaching Program—EDM 545

Evening Teacher Certification Program—EDE 343

University course title

Elementary Methods In Science

University course catalogue description


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Community Member and Visionary Leader:

Teach local students about the nature of science, invention, sustainability and issues in their community with a “Family Science Night”

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

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Whitworth pre-service teachers were/are responsible for putting on a Family Science Night at local Elementary Schools.

The MIT and ETC Program pre-service teachers participated in a Family Science Night at Franklin Elementary School—October, 2008

The ETC Program Pre-Service Students will participate in Family Science Nights at Sheridan Elementary School—December, 2009 and Jefferson Elementary School—June, 2010

Whitworth pre-service teachers are responsible for choosing a sustainable issue relevant to Spokane. The pre-service teachers will prepare an interactive display and activities for local elementary students and their parents to participate in at their elementary school in the form of a Family Science Night.

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

Whitworth students need to prepare a display plus provide materials necessary to participate in a supportive activity. Technology has and will vary depending upon the nature of the topic and activity:

  • Computer technology to create their display
  • Materials to support activities such as water cycle, recycling, habitat, pollution, etc.

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

Children attending the Family Science Nights range from grades K-6

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

Describe the setting.

This was done as a family science night in an auditorium but the activities addressed many outdoor/environmental issues

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

Math, social studies, reading and writing were integrated within the displays and activities.

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

  • Family Science night involves families from local elementary schools such as Franklin, Sheridan and Jefferson.
  • West Valley Outdoor Community Center was involved with the training of Project Learning Tree and Project Wet
  • West Valley Outdoor Learning Center will be participating with a habitat display/information including a live Owl and a Hawk as part of their display
  • A local optometrist has and will demonstrate dissection of a cow eyeball and linked it to how specific anatomy supports functioning of a specific species.

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

The pre-service teachers are provided with a rubric to evaluate their displays and activities. They also participate in reflections.

Feedback from both the rubric and reflection has indicated great engagement and personal growth. The pre-service teachers love this activity. The schools love our involvement and continue to invite us back.


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

Thank you!