Professional Development Calendar

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is here to work with you to integrate environmental education into your curriculum and increase the sustainability of your school community. Various workshops and courses listed below also fulfill the DPI Environmental Education Stipulation. Look below for (EE Stipulation) to identify the approved opportunities.
For information on workshops specific to energy education or forestry education visit The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program's (KEEP) or LEAF-Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program's professional development pages.


 

July

 Working Toward a “Three Dimensional” Approach to K-8 Science Learning | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

Wisconsin's new Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards both encourage a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. This more holistic view also mirrors many of the goals of environmental education, making the environment a great context for learning science. In this workshop, we will dissect lessons from Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide and look for the crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science practices they contain. We will then take the next step of connecting these lessons to your existing curriculum to help create well-rounded science units that are ready for the upcoming school year.

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the summer. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: July 11, 2018

Cost: $75

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 Disconnect to Reconnect - Building Your Wellness and Wonder Through Nature | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

The pressures of teaching increase every year with tighter budgets, decreased instructional support, and increased mental health needs of our students. Nature is your prescription for this day. Devices will be tucked away. Phones will be off. Spend the day learning ways to pause, ground yourself, and reconnect with the natural world. Leave with techniques for building wellness through nature and igniting the sense of wonder in your students.

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the summer. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: July 19, 2018

Cost: $75

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 Energy Curriculum for Real-world STEM Education | SPASH, Stevens Point

Create authentic inquiry experiences, and increase motivation, through student-led school building energy audits. In this workshop, we’ll explore energy efficiency curriculum and practice using energy audit tools; then connect these activities to larger environmental issues, local school district projects and goals, and service learning opportunities. You’ll leave this workshop with ready-to-use activities and an Energy Audit Sampler kit valued at $150 to allow for immediate implementation back at school!

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the summer. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: July 25, 2018

Cost: $75

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 Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy | MREA, Custer

Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Develop phenomena for your NGSS lessons. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the summer. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: July 26, 2018

Cost: $75 

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August

 Connect, Explore, Engage: Linking the New Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Standards to Your Current Practice | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

The new ELS standards provide support and guidance for integrating environmental education in your classroom. Let's unpack these standards, taking time to experience what they mean through a sample of EE activities and crossing them with other subject areas. You'll also have the opportunity to revise your existing curriculum to integrate these standards--so bring along resources to be able to do so!

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the summer. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: August 1, 2018

Cost: $75

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 NRES 621 Integrating Artistry and Forestry | MacKenzie Center, Poynette

Art teachers—learn how to integrate art and nature through hands-on activities and experiences while immersed in the beauty of the outdoors with the new art curriculum from LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently teach in the outdoor classroom and integrate art lessons with forestry content.  Note: this course is intended for K-12 art teachers.

Dates: August 11-12, 2018


Registration Deadline July 20

​September

 Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership | CESA 12, Ashland

Harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. Conducting class outside offers many academic, social and emotional benefits for students. Studies link outdoor learning to improvement in attitudes toward school, increased student achievement, higher attendance, increased social development, and physical health benefits. Learning outdoors is even linked to a reduction of ADHD and ADD symptoms among some students. This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants will become comfortable with conducting 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 fit within existing PBIS models and are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. This workshop is intended for teachers just beginning their adventure in teaching outdoors. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: September 25, 2018

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October

 Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy | CESA 1, Pewaukee

Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Develop phenomena for your NGSS lessons. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: October 12, 2018

Cost: $75 

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 Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills Through Energy | CESA 12, Ashland

Infuse relevant information and various teaching methods into content area while increasing student engagement and energy literacy. This workshop will provide cross-curricular hands-on activities to develop STEM skills focused on energy concepts correlated to NGSS, Common Core, and WI Model Academic Standards. Activities include gathering and analyzing data, hands-on experimentation with energy audit tools, and exposure to current events and text sets. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: October 23, 2018

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 Working Toward a “Three Dimensional” Approach to K-8 Science Learning | CESA 3, Fennimore

Wisconsin's new Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards both encourage a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. This more holistic view also mirrors many of the goals of environmental education, making the environment a great context for learning science. In this workshop, we will dissect lessons from Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide and look for the crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science practices they contain. We will then take the next step of connecting these lessons to your existing curriculum to help create well-rounded science units that are ready for the upcoming school year. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: October 23, 2018

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 Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership | CESA 4, West Salem

Harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. Conducting class outside offers many academic, social and emotional benefits for students. Studies link outdoor learning to improvement in attitudes toward school, increased student achievement, higher attendance, increased social development, and physical health benefits. Learning outdoors is even linked to a reduction of ADHD and ADD symptoms among some students. This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants will become comfortable with conducting 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 fit within existing PBIS models and are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. This workshop is intended for teachers just beginning their adventure in teaching outdoors. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: October 24, 2018

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 NRES 633 Energy Education: Concepts & Practices | Online

Energy Education: Concepts and Practices is a web-based course (Internet delivery) offered through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and developed by the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP). The website component of this course is always open to the general public with course content geared primarily for K-12 educators. Participants engage in an interactive online discussion and complete assignments. The course addresses energy concepts relating to energy definitions, natural laws of energy, energy flows in living and non-living systems, and their relationships to understanding and evaluating environmental issues. Course activities include exploration of energy readings and pertinent websites, online discussions, and home activities, such as reading utility bills, home energy audits, and calculating the wattages of various home appliances. (EE Stipulation)

Dates: October 31-December 2, 2018

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November

 Utilizing the School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency | CESA 5, Portage

Empower students and staff to be part of the energy solution through relevant experimentation using cutting-edge technology. This workshop utilizes the school building as a teaching tool to explore energy efficiency concepts and evaluate energy use through hands-on discovery and advice from energy professionals. Participants develop energy-savings action plans that meet demand for project- and STEM-based learning and link to future career options. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12 and schools undergoing energy management services. (EE Stipulation) 

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: November 5, 2018

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 Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills through Energy | CESA 4, West Salem

Infuse relevant information and various teaching methods into content area while increasing student engagement and energy literacy. This workshop will provide cross-curricular hands-on activities to develop STEM skills focused on energy concepts correlated to NGSS, Common Core, and WI Model Academic Standards. Activities include gathering and analyzing data, hands-on experimentation with energy audit tools, and exposure to current events and text sets. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: November 14, 2018

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 Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy | CESA 6, Oshkosh

This workshop offers hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance students’ understanding of renewable energy. Participants will explore renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal energy sources through hands-on experiences. This workshop will highlight how Wisconsin is utilizing these sources as well as explore renewable energy around the world. The workshop will include time
for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: November 15, 2018

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December

 Utilizing the School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency | CESA 6, Oshkosh

Empower students and staff to be part of the energy solution through relevant experimentation using cutting-edge technology. This workshop utilizes the school building as a teaching tool to explore energy efficiency concepts and evaluate energy use through hands-on discovery and advice from energy professionals. Participants develop energy-savings action plans that meet demand for project- and STEM-based learning and link to future career options. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12 and schools undergoing energy management services. (EE Stipulation) 

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the fall semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: December 14, 2018

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January

 Introduction to Forestry Education for the K-12 Classroom | CESA 6, Oshkosh

Teach students the importance of Wisconsin’s forests to our ecological, economic, and social well-being. This introductory workshop will present principles, activities and techniques to integrate hands-on forestry education into the K-12 science, social studies, agriculture, mathematics, technology education, ELA, and general elementary classroom. The workshop will demonstrate how to Standards alignment, STEM connections, literacy, and a brief introduction to outdoor teaching will be discussed. The workshop will include time to begin the process of infusing forestry activities into each teacher’s existing curriculum, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. (EE Stipulation) 

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: January 18, 2019

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 Utilizing the School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency | CESA 4, West Salem

Empower students and staff to be part of the energy solution through relevant experimentation using cutting-edge technology. This workshop utilizes the school building as a teaching tool to explore energy efficiency concepts and evaluate energy use through hands-on discovery and advice from energy professionals. Participants develop energy-savings action plans that meet demand for project- and STEM-based learning and link to future career options. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12 and schools undergoing energy management services. (EE Stipulation) 

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: January 23, 2019

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February

 Working Toward a "Three Dimensional" Approach to K-8 Science Learning | CESA 4, West Salem

Wisconsin's new Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards both encourage a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. This more holistic view also mirrors many of the goals of environmental education, making the environment a great context for learning science. In this workshop, we will dissect lessons from Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide and look for the crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science practices they contain. We will then take the next step of connecting these lessons to your existing curriculum to help create well-rounded science units that are ready for the upcoming school year.

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: February 5, 2019

​March

 Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy through Forestry Education | CESA 4, West Salem

This workshop is designed for the science, social studies or agriculture teacher who wants to gain practice with integrating disciplinary literacy skills into content area teaching and learning. Using examples provided from both outdoor and classroom-based forestry education activities, we will explore how to maximize CCSS-connected opportunities for reading, writing, speaking and listening within teachers’ existing curriculum. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: March 5, 2019

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 Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy through Forestry Education | CESA 3, Fennimore

This workshop is designed for the science, social studies or agriculture teacher who wants to gain practice with integrating disciplinary literacy skills into content area teaching and learning. Using examples provided from both outdoor and classroom-based forestry education activities, we will explore how to maximize CCSS-connected opportunities for reading, writing, speaking and listening within teachers’ existing curriculum. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: March 26, 2019

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April

 Developing Elementary Literacy Skills Through Outdoor Learning | CESA 4, West Salem

Use the outdoors to engage students and inspire the reading and writing process. Taking our classes outside on school grounds provides the opportunity for an immersive and inspired literacy experience. Activities provided are intended to be integrated into an existing balanced literacy model. Examples of activities include practicing use of sensory and figurative language, using observations for informational writing, word choice exercises, creating group poetry, and much more. The workshop will include time to apply new techniques to their existing plans and share ideas with others, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. (EE Stipulation)

Graduate credit available for additional cost if you participate in any two approved workshops during the spring semester. Contact the WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu.

Date: April 11, 2019

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Scheduled by Request

Forestry Education Workshop or In-Service: LEAF staff can come to you for a field-based or classroom-based training, customized for your school or district. Activities will revolve around LEAF's K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide. For more information go to this link.

School Grounds Workshop or In-Service: Let us help your staff learn how to engage your students by using the teaching environment that is waiting just outside your school door! Fully customizable professional development. For more information go to this link.

School Forest Workshop or In-Service: Learn how to maximize your school forest as a teaching and learning tool. Training can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. For more information go to this link.

Project Learning Tree Workshop: Training in PLT's Environmental Education Activity Guide can be customized for your next staff professional development day. For more information go to this link.

Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills through Energy Workshop or In-Service: KEEP staff can come to you for an energy-focused training, customized for your school or district. Lessons explored will come from KEEP's K-12 Energy Education Activity Guide. For more information go to this link.

Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy Workshop or In-Service: Professional development to help your staff use KEEP's Doable Renewables Activity Guide for teaching about energy. Training can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. For more information go to this link.

Utilizing the School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency Workshop or In-Service: Learn how to use your school building as an engaging tool for teaching about the real-world concepts of energy and energy efficiency. Fully customizable for your school or district. For more information go to this link.

On Demand

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

Project Learning Tree K-8 Training - Online: Training in PLTs Environmental Education Activity Guide that can be completed on your own time, at your convenience. For more information go to this link.