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LEEC eNews: Register for 2018 Symposium, Grant Opportunities and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Registration Open for 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

Registration is now open for the 21st Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 23 and 24, 2018. This year’s theme is “Green STEM.” The conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level.

You can find the electronic registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.

As always, we will offer optional Friday short courses that present day-long environmental education workshops or tours. This year you may choose one among the following five short courses: 

Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure
This tour will include a visit to the Old River Control Structure, hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The site features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system. We will also make a stop at the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
TOUR
Grade Level: 5-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Dinah Maygarden and Dr. Ivan Gill, University of New Orleans

Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum
This is the one that you’ve been waiting for! Learn how to create “virtual fieldwork experiences” (VFEs) that you can use to help ensure that students are in contact with their outdoor environment even when logistically they can’t get outdoors. Through VFEs, you can tie your curriculum to outdoor sites throughout the school year. Students will learn about local sites deeply across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Nature center to be announced
Presenters: Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, and Dr. Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling
Keep Louisiana Beautiful will lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center for teachers who are interested in better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Teachers will return to the Marriott for the second half of the day which will include hands-on activities and lessons focused on teaching students how and why they should reduce, reuse and recycle.  KLB will provide teachers with lesson plans, activity sheets, resources and hands-on activities.
TOUR & HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful

National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes and Eco-Schools USA
Help your campus become a community resource center for the monarch butterfly. Learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Grade Level: K-8
Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
Presenter: Marya Fowler, Senior Education Outreach Manager

BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit
From leaf presses to plant identification guides, bug catchers to pond sampling tools, we’ve got it all!  Join us at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp to explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.  Let us help you turn your students into Nature Explorers!
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Grade Level: K-12
Location: BREC’S Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
Presenter: Shannon Guidry, Education Curator

For more information, please contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

 

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Fall 2017 LEEC Grants Program Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.

Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!

Fall 2017 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

Last Name

First Name

School/ Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential 

Educator Grants

Burns

Marybeth

Shenandoah Elementary

Pre-K is Getting Lean and Going Green

150

 $1,997.00 

DeAngelis

Tess

Boyet Junior High

Environmental Quality Testing Equipment

755

 $1,967.00 

Kees

Jennifer

Buckeye High School

The Study of Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

492

$995.00

Green School Grants

Broady

Rahn

Arthur Ashe Charter School

Putting the Heat on our Composting System

751

 $3,240.00 

Dupuis

John

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Comprehensive School Greening Program

995

 $ 4,998.00 

Johnson

Johmyrin

ReNEW Accelerated High School

ReNEWed Recycling and Resource Reduction

200

 $3,453.00 

Professional Development Grants

LeBlanc

Shauna

Lafayette Parish School System

Using an Application Programmable Interface (API) to Design Solutions for a Cleaner Tomorrow

20

 $2,500.00 

 


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LEEC eNews: Student Eco Challenge, Climate Change Webinars and More!

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LEEC eNews: Grant Deadline Approaching, Green Ribbon School Webinar, and More!

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LEEC eNews: Latest LEEC Call for Exhibitors, Black Bear Teaching Resources, and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Call for Environmental Education State Symposium Exhibitors and Presenters

On February 23-24, 2018, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will host the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave in Baton Rouge. This year's theme is "Green STEM," which aims to teach students about environmentally-focused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
 
Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators and our emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in science-based careers. The deadline for exhibitor registrations is Friday, January 19, 2018. Please find the registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-exhibitor-registration
 
Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with environmental educators? Particularly one that incorporates the outdoor learning experience? Consider presenting at the upcoming 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons. We find that teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers, so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to reach a larger audience of students and inform your peers about the great things you're doing in your classroom. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2018-presenter-form to submit a session proposal. 
 
For more information: Thomas Gresham, Asst. Environmental Education Coordinator at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

LEEC eNews: Latest LEEC News, Federal Grant Opportunities, and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: LSSS WORKSHOP FOR NON-FORMAL EE EDUCATORS

Exploring the New Louisiana Student Standards for Science

This workshop will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Education’s Claiborne Building, Thomas Jefferson Rooms A & B, in Baton Rouge. For those that attended the Louisiana Student Standards for Science (LSSS) workgroup meeting held on August 2nd, this serves as a follow-up. However, attendance at the earlier meeting is not a prerequisite.

If you are a non-formal educator or work for an organization that supports environmental educators, the LSSS Workshop for Non-Formal EE Educators is an opportunity for you to gain a greater understanding of the new science standards. These standards will greatly impact how teachers teach science and we as professional development and resource providers need to understand these changes.

The focus for this workshop is to identify and refine phenomena within your organization or scope of work. These phenomena include an anchor phenomenon, which presents a question or problem that students can investigate, and leads them to learn, experiment, and study related topics along the way to finding an answer or developing a solution. Participants will also establish investigative phenomena to support their anchors, and determine what classroom resources their organizations can provide to teachers and students. These resources may include audio-visual, reading, physical materials, or any others that help students better understand the anchor phenomenon.

Participants should bring the following:

  • LSSS standards – hardcopy or computer download at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/academic-standards, K-12 Louisiana Student Standards for Science (2017)
  • Data, reports, pictures, videos, and/or publications regarding a current research project or specific area of interest for your organization (to be developed into a phenomenon with resources for students and teachers)

This is a great opportunity to gather with other environmental education professionals and Department of Education representatives to delve into the new science standards. We encourage attendance in pairs or small groups to facilitate the development of organization-based phenomena, so please plan accordingly.  Lunch will be available for purchase in the Claiborne Building cafeteria.

Space is limited and attendees must RSVP by September 29th to https://goo.gl/uvYJve.

For more information, contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255. We look forward to your participation!

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