Publications

Wisconsin's Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools

Wisconsin’s Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools (Plan) provides a road map for statewide strategic collaboration to ensure all students graduate from high school prepared to continue this legacy and ready for college and careers in the 21st century. 
The Plan recommends strategies that are intended to be pursued over time. Ultimately, the success of the Plan depends on the support and participation of a broad range of collaborators throughout the state. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, and Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation volunteered to provide leadership for the Plan. 


 

 

Status and Needs of Environmental Education Related Organizations in Wisconsin: Results of the 2014 state-wide survey

Abstract

160 Wisconsin environmental education (EE) related organizations responded to the 2014 status and needs online survey. The survey and report of findings includes general information about the organizations, trends in participation, land management, use of technology, program evaluation, and professional development needs and offerings. EE related organizations in Wisconsin serve an average number of 10,251 program participants. These organizations have extensive reach and impact across the state. Findings illustrate how and why some organizations have been more successful than others. EE related organizations have identified needs in the areas of technical and on-the-ground assistance with land management, use of technology to enhance environmental and outdoor education, and professional development in many organizational management skills and EE subject areas. Assistance is also needed in program evaluation along with coordination or use of standardized evaluation methods across organizations. Findings and recommendations included in this report can be used to increase the operational capacities and impact of EE related organizations in Wisconsin.

2014 Survey Final Report _Jan2015.pdfDownload the Document

 

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Environmental Education in Wisconsin: Are We Walking the Talk?
In 1997, the WCEE developed a profile of environmental education in Wisconsin K-12 Schools based on statewide surveys and assessments of students, teachers, curriculum coordinators, and principals. 

The Report

The Survey Instruments

 

The Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework

Introduction

Food systems education in this form is a fairly new field and includes a wide array of information. Due to its breadth, the topic can be overwhelming to both understand and teach. This framework divides food systems education into organized concepts, making the subject easier to both teach and learn. We have strived to include concepts and ideas that address diverse perspectives and issues.

This Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework is not a curriculum itself. Rather, the framework provides the foundation and organizing structure through which curricula, activity guides, programs, specific lessons and other teaching materials are developed, whether that be in a pK-12 setting or a community setting. As food systems understandings evolve, along with our food systems themselves, the framework will too evolve. Many individuals and organizations provided input in developing this conceptual framework. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education conducted a survey to gather information about food systems literacy and education from individuals, businesses and organizations in Wisconsin who are involved in some aspect of food systems work. The WCEE also collaborated with the UW-Extension - Cooperative Extension Community Food Systems Team to generate concept ideas and provide comments and edits on drafts of the framework. Existing conceptual frameworks, such as the K-12 Energy Education Program— A Conceptual Guide in Wisconsin and the Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry (LEAF)—A Conceptual Guide to K-12 Forestry Education in Wisconsin, were used as references for the organization of this document.

In the fall of 2014, more than 25 educators from schools and communities throughout the state came together to shape the Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework, crafting the suggested scope and sequence section at an all day workshop. Attendees dissected the framework and aligned the concepts to the grade levels at which they should ideally be taught, while also discussing how to apply the framework in environments outside of pK-12.​

View the framework here​.

 

 

WCEE Staff and Graduate Student Research

 2015-2011

Moore, Janet C. (2015) Janet_Moore_Final_Thesis.pdfA Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Assessing Drawing as a Learning Tool in Science Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Kacoroski, Joy (2015) Jkaco_Thesis_FinalDoc.pdfChildren’s Attitudes, Behaviors, and Comprehension While Using iPads in Outdoor Environmental Education Programs Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Lane, J.F., Baker, A., Franzen, B., Kerlin, S., & Schuller, S. (2015) "Designing Resilient Energy Education Programs for a Sustainable Future". The Journal of Sustainability Education. Vol. 8.

Haney, J. (2011). 
Development of a Statewide Strategic Plan for Advancing Student Environmental Literacy in Wisconsin’s Prekindergarten through Twelfth Grade Schools. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
 
Rickert, M. L. (2011). School Energy Policy and Education Plans: A Case Study of Plan Development in Three Wisconsin School Communities. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 2010-2006

 

Miller, S. (2009). Creation and Evaluation of Supplementary DVD Teaching Tools for the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Master’s Thesis. University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.
 
Ford, T. (2009). Energy Education Professional Development: Assessment of Teacher Satisfaction. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Wang, X. (2008). A Plan for Creating a National Bird Watching Society in Mainland China for Bird Conservation and Education. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
 
Buchholz, S. (2007). Digital Resource Recommendations for the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program (LEAF). Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
 
Ziolkowski, C. B. (2007). The Development and Evaluation of a Biomass Activity Guide for the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program. Master’s Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 

 
Lane, J. (2006). JennieLaneDissertation.pdfEnvironmental Education Implementation in Wisconsin: Conceptualizations and Practices. PhD Dissertation. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

 
Ermer, S. (2006). Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Overseas Program on Environmental Education for Teachers. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 
 
 
Huxmann, J. (2006). Website Development Recommendations for Midwest State Wildlife Areas. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Lane, J. (2006). Environmental Education Implementation in Wisconsin: Conceptualizations and Practices. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
Lockman, K. (2006).  Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

 2005-2001

 

Herrewig, G. (2005). The feasibility of a student volunteer plan at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Jacobs, E. (2004). A Case Study on Attitudinal Changes of Teachers at an Environmental Charter School. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
 
Pardee, M. (2004). Using Artistic Expression in the Study of Watersheds: Creation of Wisconsin River of Words.Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Estes, C. (2003). Developing, Evaluating, and Disseminating an Energy Education Resource Trunk. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Kane, S. (2003). The Development, Evaluation, and Application of a Conceptual Framework for K-12 Renewable Energy Education. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Kerkman, M. (2003). The Development and Evaluation of a Forestry Education Unit Taught by Trained Environmental Educators for Selected Fifth Grade Classrooms in Central Wisconsin. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Dixon, C. (2001). Research and Identification of Appropriate Environmental Education Resources for Schools. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
McIntyre, S. G. (2001). The Development of a Test Bank for the Wisconsin Envirothon Competition Program. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 
 
Zbleski-Kubish, B. (2001). The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a One-credit, Undergraduate on-line course entitled Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 2000-1996

 

Solin, J. (2000). Guidelines to Guide the Facilitator in Planning and Implementing Community Sustainable Forestry Education. Master's Thesis. University of Minnesota, Duluth.
 
Carmichael, C. (1999). Creation, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Outdoor School Site Teacher Training Program at Rosholt School District. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Ciffone, E. (1999). An Evaluation of the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board's Grants Program. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Koop, B (1999). Developing and Disseminating “Promising Energy Education Practices in Wisconsin: Developing a Network of Energy Educators” and Evaluation It's Use by K-12 Educators. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Ardoin, N. (1998). An Environmental Education Needs Assessment Study in the Carazo Department of Nicaragua.Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Cassandra C. (1998). Creation, Implementation and Evaluation of an Outdoor School Site Curriculum and Teacher Training Program. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Davenport, L. (1998). The Development of Action Plans and Implementation Strategies for the Wisconsin Environmental Education Strategic Plan. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Hilgers, S. (1998). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the UW-SP National Science Foundation Teacher Training Program in Environmental Education. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Grossman, I. (1997). The development of the Wisconsin Supplement to National Project WET: A Water Resources Guide for Educators. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Meredith, K. (1996). The National Envirothon Environmental Literacy Evaluation. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Fleming, A. (1996). The Development of an Instrument for Evaluating World Wildlife Fund's “Windows of the Wild” Biodiversity Program. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Peri, P. (1996).  The Development of an Instrument to Assess Environmental Literacy of Eleventh Grade Students in Wisconsin. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 1995-1990

 

Carlton, G. (1995). An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point's Environmental Education Teacher Inservice Training Programs' Ability to Enhance the Classroom Instructional Practices and School-Wide Leadership of Select Educators. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Cunningham, C. (1994). An Assessment of School Administrators'' Knowledge of, Attitudes Towards, and Degree of Support for Environmental Education in Wisconsin Public Schools. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Lane, J. (1993). An Assessment of Wisconsin Teachers' Perceived Competencies in, Attitudes Toward, and Amount of Class Time Devoted to Teaching about the Environment. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Quale, A. (1993). The Development of an Instrument to Assess the Environmental Literacy of Fifth Grade Students in Wisconsin. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Strathe, S. (1991). Directing the Future Through Outdoor Skills—An Operational Master Plan for the Sheboygan County Outdoor Skills Center. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Byers, T. (1990).  A Comprehensive Review of the Ridges Sanctuary with Recommendations for Management. Master's Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

 Pre-1990

 

Sivek, D. J. (1987). An Analysis of Selected Predictors of Environmental Behavior of Three Conservation Organizations.Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

 
Yockers, D. H. (1979). Selected Michigan Public School Teachers' Perceptions About Factors Influencing the Utilization of Outdoor Sites and Resources for Outdoor/Environmental Education. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University.

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Publications to which WCEE Staff Have Contributed

 2016-2020

Baker, A., Liddicoat, K., & Schuller, S. (2016) "Energy Education for a Sustainable Future." Storify. February 2016. ​

 

 2015-2011

Scott Ashmann & Rebecca L. Franzen (2015): In what ways are teacher candidates being prepared to teach about the environment? A case study from WisconsinEnvironmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1101750

Mueller, S., Marshall, G., Held, K., Solin, J. (2015) “Rib Lake School Forest, Wisconsin, United States of America.” Siry, J. Bettinger, P., et al. Forest Plans of North America. Elsevier/Academic Press. Ch. 6, p41-46.​

Baker, A. and Martinson, D. (2015) "Wisconsin Schools Improve Energy Efficiency Gains through Education". Taking Care of Business, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials. June 2015 p24-25.

"Time for Change:A New Frontier for Digital Nature Experiences." Parks & Recreation, 34-35.

Lane, J.F., Floress, K., Rickert, M. (2014) "Development of school energy policy and energy education plans: A comparative case study in three Wisconsin school communities." Energy Policy, Vol. 65 p. 323-331.

 
​Lane, J.F., Mollica, J., & Windjue, S. (2013) "Ensuring Teacher Education Program Success Through Formative Assessments: An Overview of the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program." Middle Grades Research Journal. Vol. 8 #2.

Feinstein, N., & Carlton, G. (2012). “Education for sustainability in the US K-12 educational system.” McKeown, R. & Nolet, V. Schooling for Sustainable Development in Canada and the United States. New York: Springer. [In Press]

Solin, J. (2011). "LEAF: Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program." Great Lakes Timber Producers Association, (12) December 2011 p64-66, 68. 

Windjue, S. K. (2011). "Teach Them Well, Let Them Lead the Way." The SCENE. October 2011. p5.


 2010-2006

 

Windjue, S. K. (2010). "Teacher Training: A Road to the Future." Solar Today, v24 n5 p30-34.
 
Rickert, M. (2009). “Go Green to Save Green.” Wisconsin Schools News, January 2009 p24-26.
 
Sivek, D. J. (2009). “Vieques National Wildlife Refuge: Visitor Services Plan” (Draft). U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Southeast Region. 
 
Brown, M. S., Sivek, D.J., and Thomas, C.T.  (2008). “Expanding Teacher Understanding of Wisconsin’s Prairie Chickens.” Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 7(3).
 
Ermer, S., Sivek, D. J., and Yockers, D. (2008). “Creating a Hybrid Course Model for a Teacher Exchange Programme on Environmental Education in Puerto Rico.” Caribbean Journal of Education, 30(1).
 
“A Bright Idea.” Wisconsin School News, July 2008 p15-17.

 2005-2001

 

Ardoin, N. M. and Sivek, D.J. (2002). “An Environmental Education Needs Study in the Carazo Department of Nicaragua.” Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 1(4).
 
Sivek, D. J. (2002). “Environmental Sensitivity among Wisconsin High School Students.” Environmental Education Research, v8, n2.

 2000-1996

 

 
Lane, J., Wilke, R., Champeau, R., and Sivek, D. (1996). “Wisconsin EE Mandates: The Bad News and the Good News.” Journal of Environmental Education, v27 n2 p33-39.

 1995-1990

 

Lane, J., Wilke, R., Champeau, R., and Sivek, D. (1995). “Strengths and Weaknesses of Teacher Environmental Education Preparation in Wisconsin.” Journal of Environmental Education, v27 n1 p36-45.
 
A Guide to Curriculum Planning in Environmental Education. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Madison, WI.
 
Lane, J., Wilke, R., Champeau, R., and Sivek, D. (1994). “Environmental Education in Wisconsin: A Teacher Survey.” Journal of Environmental Education, v25 n4 p9-17.
 
Lane, J. & Rossow, C. (1993). “Sources and Ideas for Special Projects.” in Environmental Education Teacher Resource Handbook: A Practical Guide for K-12 Environmental Education. Wilke, Richard J., Ed. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus International Publications. 
 
Wanless, A., Lane, J., and Sivek, D. J. (1993). Guide for Planning a High School Environmental Action Conference. Stevens Point, WI: Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.
 
Champeau, R. J. (1990). "Environmental Education: a Discipline of Innovation and Change" an invited Feature article published in Wisconsin Professional Engineer