The WCEE believes students reach their full potential in education
when the local community is used as the context for learning. This makes
education relevant and maximizes student achievement.
The WCEE works with Wisconsin schools, whole districts, and
surrounding communities to meet their educational goals through an
integrated and holistic approach that covers environmental, social, and
economic aspects of education.
Their consulting services use a systems-based approach in analyzing
the school curriculum, community, culture, and operations to transform
schools into places where students, teachers, and staff are proud and
excited to be. All staff (administrators, educators, buildings and
grounds, facilities, and food service), families, and community members
are engaged. The WCEE helps schools identify local partners to address
the diverse needs of schools and ensure that the community is the
context for learning. This approach creates an opportunity to advance
students’ understanding of the world using a systems approach to analyze
the places they live.
Learning is place-based, service-oriented, experiential,
project-based, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, transgenerational,
relevant and available to all. It also addresses and incorporates core
curriculum standards, 21st Century Skills, Career and Technical
Education goals, and STEM learning goals. Students gain the awareness,
knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become
lifelong learners. Furthermore, students become more motivated to reach
their potential and are literate in sustainability, socially
responsible, and passionately involved in their communities.
Additionally, the WCEE consulting services offer
three specific areas of programming in energy education, forestry education,
and green and healthy schools. Staff can provide specialized expertise in
energy education, school building energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate
change, and sustainable transportation. WCEE staff can also assist schools in
developing their school forest program and enhancing outdoor learning spaces.
General consulting services to help schools become more green and healthy are
also available in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These areas of
expertise can be integrated into the overall consulting services.
To Learn more about these services, contact:
110 TNR - UWSP
Stevens Point, WI 54481