Project Timeline Overview


 

Project Timeline Overview Year One

May/June 2009:

• Key stakeholder meetings with LEAF staff

• LEAF staff retreat to Goodman Armstrong Creek, June 3rd

• Establishment of the project leadership team (made up of 5 teachers and two LEAF staff)

• Initial leadership team organizing meeting, June 11th

July 2009:

• A three‐hour Community Visioning Session, July 15th

• A two‐day project leadership team in‐service on the overall project goals and strategies, July 16 – 17th

• Project announcement and invitation to participate submitted to local newspaper

• Leadership team conducts key stakeholder interviews to access the overall acceptance of the project

• The creation of the GAC Curriculum Framework lead by LEAF staff

August 2009:

• A two‐day leadership team in‐service, “Sense of Place”, August 19th and 20th

• A two‐day full staff in‐service to introduce and launch partnership project within the entire school

   district, August 26th and 27th (this included a GAC community forum)

September 2009:

• Weekly in class support from LEAF program staff begins

• Monthly after school leadership team planning meetings begin

  • First visits to School Forest by students

November 2009:

• A half‐day full staff in‐service, “It’s About Relationships,” November 6th

• A one and half day LEAF program curriculum workshop for interested teachers

  • Starting to Identify species within the School Forest

December 2009:

• Establishment and first meeting of the GAC School Forest Committee (made up of 6 community

members, three of which were foresters), December 2nd

  • Trail planning by Biology class

January 2010:

  • Deer carcass was placed in the maple woods for a decomposition study 
  • Snowshoe arrived  variety of activities to utilize them
  • Reading rewards program was a day ice fishing with the “grandparents”                  

February 2010:

• A half‐day full staff in‐service, “Community Connections,” February 5th

• A formative evaluation conducted mid‐February

• Project documentary film maker engaged and first segment of project documentary filmed

  •  Bobcat sitting at carcass site
  • Nicole Shute from the USFS came to talk about animal habitats and behaviors
  • Bird count done by both 2nd and 10th grades

March 2010:

• Meeting of the full School Forest Committee to gather feedback on progress and future of the project,

March 3

  • Heron Rookery tours by all grades
  • Maple syrup introduction and establishing of a sugar bush
  • Local landowner offered to cook the syrup and give students tours of the process
  • Engineering class created homemade snowshoes and tested them

 

May 2010:

• A half‐day full staff in‐service, “School Forest Dedication Planning,” May 7th

• The GAC School Forest Community Dedication and Celebration Event, May 15th

• Post‐project evaluation conducted mid‐May

• Second segment of project documentary filmed

  •   Became the home of a county bird kit (spotting scope, binoculars, identification books)
  •   Filming by Channi , interviewing of participants
  •   World deforestation study

School Forest dedication to the Goodman family

June 2010:

• Project presentation at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair Teachers Tent, June 18th

• Meeting of the full School Forest Committee to gather discuss progress and future of the project, June 16

 

 

Project Timeline Overview Year Two

July 2010:

• A three‐hour Community Visioning Session, July 15th

• A two‐day project leadership team in‐service on the overall project goals and strategies, July 16 – 17th

• Project announcement and invitation to participate submitted to local newspaper

• Leadership team conducts key stakeholder interviews to access the overall acceptance of the project

• The creation of the GAC Curriculum Framework lead by LEAF staff

August 2010:

• A two‐day leadership team in‐service, “Teambuilding”, August 10

• A two‐day full staff in‐service Teambuilding, August 24/25

September 2010:

• Bi-Weekly in class support from LEAF program staff begins

• Monthly after school leadership team planning meetings begin

October 2010:

Presentation at Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education  I don’t teach science_ curriculum integration

November 2010:

December 2010:

January 2011:

February 2011:

March 2011:

May 2011:

  • 1st annual Bio-Blitz, bringing in of local natural resource professionals to interact with students and help identify the variety of species within their school forest

June 2011:

 

Project Timeline Overview Year Three

July 2011:

August 2011:

A two‐day leadership team in‐service, “Math and Forest integrations”

• A two‐day full staff in‐service “Graphing in the Woods”

  •  Chose a format for Math integration – monthly themes in weak areas Measurement/Scale_Graphing_Patterns_Shapes/symmetry_Fractions

September 2011:

• 3rd week of the month t-f scheduled for in class support from LEAF program staff begins

• Monthly after school leadership team planning meetings begin

  • Cameras were introduced as a teaching tool
  •  Students collected data on all types of aspects of the natural world and graphed them emphasis on correct mathematical terminology 
  •  Frog study, What is a bog, Water cycle. Critters in our Creek, World water monitoring day activities, Aqua notes (music with water connections)

November 2011:

A half‐day full staff in‐service, “It’s About Relationships,” November 11 “How to best present writing next semester

December 2011:

• Tragedy struck  - LEAF to resume next month

January 2012:

Leadership meeting, January 14

Community Leadership meeting January (where are we at and what is the future)

  • bitter cold so we worked indoors to start our nature writing projects  From a trees view what would you be thinking today, compare and contrast photograph exercises, brainstorming ideas community service, storytelling as a tool for writing, school forest poetry and natural world vocabulary

February 2012:

• A half‐day full staff in‐service,

March 2012:

Meeting of the full School Forest Committee to gather feedback on progress and future of the project,

  • Maple syrup investigation Why is it not flowing, emerging spring, forest history what have I been, evening frog survey, animal movement expression , bacteria good and bad

April 2012:

Meeting of the full School Forest Committee to gather feedback on progress and future of the project

Leadership team meeting, April 17th

  • Writing _ Rain  poetry, Sentence fluency, million $ words, organization how do I start

May 2012:

A half‐day elementary staff in‐service

  • 2nd annual Bio-Blitz, moth survey, bird walk, diversity search

 

June 2012:

• Presentation about the involvement of community and school at the MREA

 

Project Timeline Overview Year Four

 July 2012:

A meeting with the Administrator about how the partnership will look in the coming school year. July 20th

 

(Projected from here on)

August 2012:

• A two‐day leadership team in‐service, August 20th-21st

• A two‐day full staff in‐service to present and plan this year’s partnership project within the entire school

district, August 28th-29th  consideration of what grade to place a mill tour in, if an internship at the mill would be of interest,  bird banding, heron research, bog trip, barrens study,  school forest plan completion, large animal wildlife study, specific area or types of writing you know you will be working on and when ex: poetry June How do we encourage community interaction   6th grade interviews, camp stories could someone come to tell some, biologists,

 

September 2012:

• Quarterly in class support from LEAF program staff begins

• Monthly after school leadership team planning meetings begin

October 2012:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

LEAF staff model teaching, October 23/24       study of the sand barrens “Barrens in Fall”

In-service 2 hours elementary staff, 2 hours high school staff “Field writing theme”

November 2012:

Monthly after school leadership team planning

December 2012:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

January 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

LEAF staff model teaching, January 22/23    winter water study- “What is Happening Below the Ice”

In-service 2 hours elementary staff, 2 hours high school staff “Field writing theme”

February 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

March 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

April 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

LEAF staff model teaching, April 16/17       the west school forest – “Trout Stream and Aspen Stand  Investigations”

In-service 2 hours elementary staff, 2 hours high school staff “Field writing theme”

March 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

May 2013:

Monthly after school leadership team planning meeting

Celebration: Bio-Blitz 3, Logging Festival or other

June 2013:

Where do we go from here planning meeting?