SOE Newsletter: Upcoming Meetings and Events

December 9, 2014: Project Learning Tree Workshop 

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering a Project Learning Tree Workshop for secondary educators. They are extending an invitation to secondary social science and science pre-service teachers with junior or senior standing.

Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests and Places We Live
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point.

Participants in this workshop will receive hands-on training in the use of PLT’s secondary modules, Focus on Forests and Places We Live. Focus on Forests is designed to foster student understanding of—and appreciation for—the forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas. Places We Live provides educators with useful tools for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues.

Both modules are closely aligned with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects, and time will be spent addressing how the activities meet these standards.

Thanks to a WEEB grant, fees for the workshop are only $5.00 per participant. Please call 715-346-2014 or email to register. The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

December 11: NASA "Ask Us" - Change Over Time: Investigating Climate Change Impacts in the Midwest

Please join us for this one-of-a-kind live Earth System Science educator professional development webcast from NASA’s ESTEEM (Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education) Program. This event is free, but space is limited, so please pre-register here​

UW-Stevens Point – Learning Resources Center Room 107

This live webcast will include a Q&A with climate experts from NASA!

Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Midwest:

The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project); then learn about related educator resources with Kristen Poppleton from the Will Steger Foundation. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and conduct citizen science projects. 

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point was identified as a Midwest host organization for this special event, and we will be connected live with experts from NASA Langley Research Center.  The program is geared towards teachers and educators, but anyone is welcome​.

January 23-25: WEAC Winter Professional Issues Conference (NEW)

The WEAC Winter Professional Issues Conference will take place at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells January 23-25, 2015.

At this exciting professional development opportunity you can attend workshops such as The Nuts and Bolts of the edTPA, New Teacher Panel, Playful Learning, Keeping Creativity and the Love of Learning Alive, Working with Homeless/Transient Students & Families, and many more.

The cost for StWEA members is only $50. This includes food, speakers, events, lodging, and water park access for the entire weekend. Registration can be completed online.

In the past, this event has been called Professional Development Seminar and Winter Leadership Academy.

If you would like to register to be a StWEA member, click here​. This cost is only $32 and comes with countless other benefits.

If you have any questions please contact Jensen Wohlgemuth, UWSP StWEA president, at



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