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. 

 
 

 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

Appendices E, F, G: Additional Information on Student Surveys
 

The Survey Instruments

 

WCEE Staff and Graduate Student Research

 

 2015-2011

 

 

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.

Publications to which WCEE Staff Have Contributed

 

 2015-2011

 

 


 
​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).
 
Ziolkowski, C. B. (2008). “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.
 
Engleson, D. & Yockers, D. (1994). 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