TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Vanessa Hunt

Name of university

Central Washington University

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

Middle School

University course number

SCED 354

University course title

Science, Society, and the Teaching Community

University course catalogue description

Teacher candidates will learn the nature and context of science, compare science with other ways of knowing, describe the relationship between science and the community, and gain skills in integrating community resources with the classroom.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

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Connect teachers of science with resources in local community for learning and service.

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

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Students participated in citizen science activities in the community, including a 24 hour regional BioBlitz

Students performed nature mapping activities at local schools for earth day.

Students produced photo essays of pertinent regional environmental issues

Students learned to debate environmental issues with similar classes at other campuses.

Students collected a database of environmentally oriented resources in the community.

Students planned and executed environmentally oriented field trips.

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

Binoculars, data trackers, GPS units, field guides, bat nets, insect collecting equipment for Bioblitz and Earth Day.

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

4th – 6th graders nature-mapped schoolyard.

Grades 4 – 12 participated in bioblitz and attended some field trips.

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

Describe the setting.

Outdoor

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

No

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

No

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

Evaluated by students at end of quarter. Students were amazed at the wealth of resources available to teachers within the local community. Students reported that they felt citizen science opportunities would be meaningful to their future classes. They were very positive about the photo essay exercise and the use of arresting and carefully sequenced images to teach environmental science topics.

Other?

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

Involve pre-service teachers and schools with environmental research.

Present content workshops to teachers.

Thank you!