A Message from NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco invites students and educators to join her and thousands of schools and organizations across the country for National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) "as we engage America's students to learn more about our treasured oceans, coasts and Great Lakes." EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation and the nation's largest environmental education event. Held each year the week before Earth Day, EE Week inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students by connecting educators with environmental resources to promote students' understanding of the environment. This year, students and teachers will explore our Ocean Connections as part of EE Week's annual theme.
National Environmental Education Week, April 10-16, 2011
In celebration of our 2011 theme, Ocean Connections, we’d like to invite teachers and schools across the country to submit their stories of how they are engaging students in environmental education tied to the ocean. See the attached Success Story Submission Form, and send your story, along with some photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sharing stories during EE Week and throughout the year at www.eeweek.org/success and via our monthly e-newsletters and weekly EE Week e-blasts!
WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS
Master Naturalist Course Registration (Deadline: April 15)
Mississippi Master Naturalist Program courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from April 28 to June 9. Classes will be held at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center on Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi and various other in-the-field locations. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $90, which includes program costs, supplies, course notebook and other educational materials. The program helps participants expand their knowledge of local habitats and identify ways to protect land and water resources. Master Naturalists receive 40 hours of training in natural resource and wildlife management. They also must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to meet certification requirements. To register, contact Chris Boyd, an assistant extension professor who works with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or email@example.com. Course fee and application must be received by April 15. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Mississippi State University.
WETSHOP 2011 (Deadline: May 20, 201)
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual one-week teacher training, WETSHOP 2011, from July 10-15, 2011 at the LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA. Teachers are treated to a full week of field experiences to learn more about Louisiana's dynamic wetlands. This is paid summer training with thirty additional paid training hours during the school year. The registration fee is $50. Application Deadline: May 20, 2011. For more information, contact Angela Capello at (318) 748-6999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Education Opportunities
Dr. Jessica Kastler will be instructing two of several exciting courses offered by Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Summer Field Program. You can learn more at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/summer_field/2011.summer.field.program.courses.php
Oceanography Course, Second Term, June 29 – July 28, 2011
This course will introduce upper division science majors to physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography, one of the most highly recruited areas of interest in marine sciences. Prerequisites: College Algebra; one semester chemistry; one semester biology or permission of instructor. Instructor TBA. Marine Science I: Oceanography, COA 300, 300L. Five semester hours undergraduate credit (3/2). Course field fee is $400.
Coastal Marine Geology Course, Fall Mini-Session, August 1-12, 2011
This introductory class discusses basic geological principles required for the understanding of the origins, development and significance of various coastal and near shore environments, processes and landforms. Coastal field trips are planned to illustrate these highly dynamic and ever-changing coastal environments. Prerequisites: Two semesters of science or permission of instructor. Instructors: Dr. Ervin Otvos and Dr. Jessica Kastler. Coastal Marine Geology; COA 409/509. Three semester hours credit. Course field fee is $100.
Upcoming Green Teacher WEBINARS
Announcing new dates for upcoming Green Teacher webinars this Spring. For details and registration, please visit our website at http://greenteacher.com/webinars. These webinars are free of charge, and we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to explore these current popular topics in environmental learning with us.
1. “Plugged In; But Tuned Out: The Need to Reconnect with Nature” Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
In this age of alluring techno-gadgetry we need to be very cautious about maintaining a balance between indoor and outdoor activity. At a time when children's natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens, schools and outdoor centers may be the only places where kids are encouraged to interact with nature. Kids need to go outside for both learning and play—indeed there is a need for old-fashioned unstructured play in nature – the kind of invented play that “older” folks fondly recall. Presenter: Herb Broda; Age appropriateness: K-12
2. "Shades of Green: Developing Artistic Approaches to Environmental Education" Thursday April 7, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
This webinar explores the emerging field of eco-art education, an integration of art education and environmental education, as a means of helping to develop environmental literacy in students and teachers. Hilary will introduce artwork and artists focusing on environmental issues in Canada and beyond, as well as some of the eco-art work that has been created in Toronto schools in recent years. Participants will be invited to share their own ideas and projects for creative approaches to EE. Presenter: Hilary Inwood; Age appropriateness: K-12
3. “Innovative Curriculum Design for Sustainability” Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Useful to both Pre K-12 Educators and non-formal educators of adults and young people, the main idea of the first part is that thinking drives behavior and behavior causes results. Identifying and naming the changes in thinking required to make the shift toward sustainability is critical to the design of transformative education for sustainability (EfS) experiences. Jaimie will present the “big ideas” that frame EfS, and will then walk participants through the EfS curriculum design and innovation process. Presenter: Jaimie Cloud; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
4. “Using the Environment as a Context for Learning in Standards-Based Education Systems” Monday May 2, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The webinar will discuss the instructional components of the Environment as an Integrating Context (EIC) Model™ that was first developed by the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) in 1998. Describing how these practices can help schools meet the academic needs of their students, it will summarize some of the evidence about the educational efficacy of the EIC Model™. Finally, it will provide an overview of SEER’s recent work in helping schools implement the EIC Model™ and briefly discuss how environmental educators can support schools restructure their programs in order to implement an environment-based education program. Presenter: Gerry Lieberman; Age appropriateness: K-12
5. “FROG SONGS: Poetry and Essays, Field Ecology and Entomology” Tuesday May 10, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
A poet’s eye and gift for language is very similar to the detailed observation and ability to communicate complex ideas required of scientists. Learn to use haiku to teach entomology. Learn to use poetry to help students write clearer more exciting essays. This simple set of lesson plans can be used by classroom teachers or informal educators to get students outdoors on a warm spring day to explore the relationships between insects and biodiversity. Come to celebrate the voices of nature and find your voice as a poet. Presenter: Brian Fox Ellis; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
6. “Green Craft-Making” Wednesday May 25, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The why and how of focusing one’s eco-art activities on using natural materials easily found in the outdoors. Presenter: Zabe MacEachren; Age appropriateness: K-12
Eco-Art Internship, Temporary & Part-Time Position (Deadline: April 15)
Artist Boat will host another Shell Intern this summer. Seeking a motivated, creative, and self-starting student with environmental or art background to deliver Eco-Art Workshops and Adventures to the communities of the Houston/Galveston Region; assist with production of professional development for teachers during the summer; creation of public art, and assist with fulfilling the mission of Artist Boat. Housing is provided and the intern will receive a $2,500 stipend for the 8 weeks of service. Please submit via mail one page resume, two letters of reference, and cover letter to Rani Henderson via mail at 2415 Ave K, Galveston, Texas 77550. Start Date: June 10, 2011 End Date: August 15, 2011 Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011. Intern job description is attached. For additional information, email email@example.com
NASA Accepting Applications From ‘INSPIRED’ High School Students (Deadline: June 30)
U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Applications are being accepted through June 30. NASA will make selections for the program in September. The selected students and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade-level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA. Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in the STEM disciplines. INSPIRE is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
For more information about INSPIRE, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE
To apply for the program, visit: https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm
For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education
Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 30)
The Archie Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding student who has not previously attended a university. Their curriculum must lead to an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering. The scholarship is in the amount of $6,000 per year and is renewable for up to 4 years provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress. Application can be found at: http://www.spe.org/spe-app/spe/about/foundation/gus_archie.htm. The deadline for application submission is April 30.
Using the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan as Teaching Points
A New York Times blogger has compiled past New York Times resources on tsunamis and earthquakes, along with links to Internet resources on the topics and information about Japanese history and culture. A separate post has a list of questions that can be used in discussions about the tragedy. To access the related resources, go to www.NYTimes.com/TheLearningNetwork blog or to http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/teaching-ideas-the-earthquake-and-tsunami-in-japan/?ref=education.
U.S. Department of Energy website: http://www.energy.gov
NOAA resources on tsunamis and earthquakes: http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/tsunami.php.
USGS resources on earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn.
NSTA news includes quake and tsunami resources:
Earthquakes: The area around Japan is a subduction zone that illustrates the power of tectonic action around the Pacific’s “ring of fire.” A review of what we know about this region can be found at http://scign.jpl.nasa.gov/learn/plate4.htm. For additional related resources cited by NSTA, go to http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=58295.
Tsunamis: A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated by sudden displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few centimeters high. The tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high. Share an animation of the Honshu event March 11 at http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/.
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids: http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nuclear_home-basics
How Nuclear Radiation Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear.htm
Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-energy-primer
Video explaining issues related to the nuclear reactor in Japan:
Japan’s Tsunami – Before & After Pictures
The following link offers before and after pictures of the damages in Japan from the March 11, 2011 tsunami. Scroll over each picture from right to left and back to see the changes: http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm
Water Plant Challenge
With a growing library of vibrant, awe-inspiring videos, educator lesson plans, and service learning materials, we can encourage students to become engaged and involved in affecting global change. The Gulf Oil Spill has heightened our awareness of the fragile yet dynamic connection between our planet’s water systems and our daily lives from the products we buy to the food we eat to the actions we take each day. Students can affect change and help preserve our planet’s precious water supplies first by becoming aware of their actions and next by getting involved. Help us grow our library of educator resources by sharing your suggestions and ideas to develop this site into an even more robust and interactive destination. Check out our current classroom tools to start encouraging your students to change the world. For more information, visit: http://www.waterplanetchallenge.org/wpc/index.cfm/service-learning/action-guides/