LEAF Professional Development Calendar

Visit The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education’s professional development page for a full list of opportunities, including KEEP and Green and Healthy School workshops.



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​On Demand

​Location: Online

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*NEW ONLINE COURSE* Teaching About Careers In the Forest​

"Green" jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. At the same time, today's youth are seeking rewarding careers that help us move toward more sustainable lifestyles and economies, and Wisconsin's educators are being asked to incorporate more careers information into their curriculum. This self-paced online course is designed for middle and high school teachers and support staff who want resources and activities to help introduce their students to the wide range of careers related to forests. Participants will receive an e-book copy of Project Learning Tree's Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers curriculum, as well as specific training in how to effectively use these hands-on activities to help youth research different forest sector careers and learn what it takes to perform these jobs. Participants will also explore career-related resources from LEAF and the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee. Participants have 45 days from registration to complete the modules, which takes a total of 6 hours.

Cost: $25. For more information or to register, go to this link.

​On Demand

Location: Online

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Step Outside and Into Health and Wellness Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership --ONLINE

This self-paced online module will help you harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. This module is designed for K-8 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants learn how to conduct class outside on any type of school grounds (from urban concrete to rural forests) in order to engage and inspire students in learning. Guidelines, rules, safety considerations, resources and handouts will be provided so teachers have everything they need to lead confidently. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The module also includes training in Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and you will receive an e-book version of the PLT guide. You'll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for conducting a project-based environmental education product. Participants have 45 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 8 hours.

Cost: $50 For more information and to register, go to this link.

​On Demand

Location: Online

Registration link

​Using the WI Community Tree Map as an Educational Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

This self-paced online module teaches you how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of city and township tree inventories from around the state, with your students! With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. Using a smart phone or other device, students learn technical skills using equipment and observation, real-world critical literacy, outside field collection, data analysis and interpretation, systems thinking processes, and civic science practices. Participants will receive access to a growing library of resources which include curriculum connections, data collection and analysis documents, and a collection of articles and resources on urban tree benefits. This module will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete within 30 days of your enrollment date.

Cost: $25 For more information or to register, go to this link.

​Scheduled by Request


​Location: Your site

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​LEAF Curriculum Workshop or In-Service

LEAF staff can help you set up a training or in-service for your school or district. Classroom-based or field-based professional development is customized to fit the needs and experience level of your staff, and may include background information on forests in Wisconsin, model teaching of LEAF lessons, and support for educational use of school grounds or school forests. LEAF training can also be combined with Project Learning Tree training if desired.

For more information email leaf@uwsp.edu.

 

​Scheduled by Request

Location: ​Your Site

​School Forest In-Service

School forest in-services can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity for your staff whether you have a new school forest and want to introduce educators to your newly registered property, or to provide in-depth resources for teachers in a "veteran" school forest program.
 
Contact leaf@uwsp.edu for more details.


Project Learning Tree Professional Development Calendar​​
 

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Location Information
Workshop Information

On Demand

Location: Online

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Training -- Online

Training in Project Learning Tree's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" that can be completed whenever and wherever is convenient to you. For more information and to register, go to this link.

On Demand

Location: Online

Project Learning Tree K-8 Training -- Online

Training in PLT's "Environmental Education Activity Guide" that can be completed on your own time, at your own convenience. For more information and to register, go to this link.

On Demand

Location: Online

Registration link

​Project Learning Tree "Treemendous Science!" Online Course

Whether you regularly use the outdoors as a classrom or tend to hesitate every time you take your class outside, the unit is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of your K-2 learners' contact with nature and trees. Treemendous Science! gives K-2 students chances to explore, experience, observe, and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecological systems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact.

 This self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes six coursels, video demonstrations, and lesson planning exercises. For more information or to register, visit this link.

​On Demand

Location: Online

Registration link

Project Learning Tree "Energy in Ecosystems" Online Course

Designed for students in grades 3-5, Energy in Ecosystems investigates the ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Students focus on forests (one of the largest and most complex types of ecosystems) and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems.

The self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes six coursels, video demonstrations, and lesson planning exercises. For more information or to register, visit this link.

​On Demand

​Location: Online

Registration link

Project Learning Tree "Carbon & Climate" Online Course

Perhaps more than any other environmental issue, the topic of climate change challenges teachers to accurately convey data, reveal assumptions, and engage critical-thinking skills. Designed for students in grades 6-8, Carbon & Climate provides activities and resources to help educators meet these chalenges, introducing students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change.

This self-paced online module (approximately 3 hours) includes six coursels, video demonstrations, and lesson planning exercises. For more information or to register, visit this link.

Scheduled by Request

​Location: Your site

Customized Project Learning Tree Training

Use the environment to engage PreK-12 students in learning, both outdoors and indoors. Project Learning Tree's award winning curriculum materials help teach students how to think, not what to think, about real-world issues. Specialized topics include "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood," "PLT K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide," "Treemendous Science" (grade K-2), "Energy in Ecosystems" (grade 3-5), "Carbon & Climate" (grade 6-8), as well as a variety of secondary-level topics.

For more information, contact wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

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Part of the Green & Healthy Schools Virtual Classroom Learning Series, these presentations are recommended for students in grades 6-12. Students may participate as a class or individually from home. Each event includes 30 minutes of presentation plus 15 minutes of Q&A. The events are free, but registration is required. Streamed via Zoom and YouTube Live.