Professional Development Calendar


​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.
 


 

​April

 PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Training | Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha

Attend this engaging, hands-on training and become a Project Learning Tree certified early childhood educator. PLT’s early childhood curriculum helps you connect children ages 3-6 to nature through play, exploration, music & movement. The activities help teach reading, writing, science, math, and motor skills to young learners. Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood is correlated to NAEYC Standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Registry Credit is available for this workshop.

Email WCEE-PLT@uwsp.edu to register. Cost is $40. Registration deadline: April 11

Date: April 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 ​Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership | CESA 1, Pewaukee

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 to provide K-12 teachers with training in conducting class outside on any type of school grounds 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 offered through LEAF, the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program. 

Substitute stipends guaranteed to first 12 registrants! Register

Graduate credit available for additional cost. Contact WCEE for details: wcee@uwsp.edu

Date: April 24, 2018

“Great job! This workshop got me really excited about implementing more outdoor ed into my curriculum! It was exactly what I needed. Thank you for all of the ideas, materials, and resources! I can’t wait to share with my colleagues!” - Course Participant

 Green & Healthy Schools: Outdoor Learning Workshop | Madison

Teams of up to 4 from a school or district are encouraged to attend. Participants receive $100 to support substitute fees for attending or to put toward their sustainability project at school. Space is limited! Many thanks to Meemic Foundation for partnering with Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin to make these workshops possible.

Date: April 24, 2018

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 Treemendous Science for K-2nd Grade Teachers | UW-Stevens Point

Participants in this workshop will receive professional development in Project Learning Tree’s new Treemendous Science online curriculum for K-2nd grade. This unit is an invitation to increase your K-2 learners’ contact with nature and trees. Students explore and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact. Treemendous Science is constructed around the Next Generation Science Standards, aligned with Common Core and the C3 Framework, and organized in a 5E instructional model.

Email WCEE-PLT@uwsp.edu to register. Thanks to a grant from PLT, the cost is only $65 which includes lunch, the e-unit, PLT K-8 guide, and a selection of pre-laminated materials. Limited sub reimbursement available. Registration deadline: April 6

Date: April 26 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Training | Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

Attend this engaging, hands-on training and become a Project Learning Tree certified early childhood educator. PLT’s early childhood curriculum helps you connect children ages 3-6 to nature through play, exploration, music & movement. The activities help teach reading, writing, science, math, and motor skills to young learners. Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood is correlated to NAEYC Standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Registry Credit is available for this workshop with a short follow-up assignment.

Go to this link to register. Cost is $40. Registration deadline: April 16

Date: April 26 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

​June

 NRES 410/610 Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair | MREA, Custer

This course provides educators with a unique opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and applications, and receive hands-on activities, project ideas, and information on sustainability while networking with other educators. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit from UWSP. Weekend entrance fee to the Energy Fair is included in the cost!

Dates: June 15-17, 2018

 Broaden Your Reach Through Birds | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

Birds are the most observable wildlife found in all environments including urban, suburban, and rural settings. They offer an excellent tool to engage students in learning, contribute to citizen science, and ignite curiosity and inquiry. During this workshop, experience close encounters with birds through bird banding with Bob Welch, middle school teacher and natural scientist from Waupaca. Walk away with ample resource ideas including many science and literacy connections. Please be prepared to be outside part of the day.

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: June 19, 2018

Cost: $75

Register Here

July

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

The Next Generation Science Standards 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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 Introduction to Forestry Education for the K-12 Classroom | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

Wisconsin’s forests are important 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. We will discuss standards alignment, STEM connections, literacy, and outdoor teaching. 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.  

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 12, 2018

Cost: $75

Register Here

 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 equipment 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

Register Here

 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.

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

Register Here

 Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

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 to provide K-12 teachers with training in conducting class outside on any type of school grounds 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.

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 30, 2018

Register through CESA 11

 Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills Through Energy | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

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.

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 30, 2018

Register through CESA 11

 Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy Through Forestry Education | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

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.

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 31, 2018

Register through CESA 11

 Developing Elementary Literacy Skills Through Outdoor Learning | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

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.

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 31, 2018

Register through CESA 11

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

Register Here

 "The Young Conservationist and Your School Forest" Teacher Professional Development Opportunity | Class ACT Charter School, Park Falls

​Teachers will be immersed in a 2-day professional development experience which allows them to develop their knowledge of using their school forest for learning, while increasing their knowledge of wildlife and young forest management as high-quality project-based learning (PBL). 

Participating teachers will explore wildlife species, habitat development, and future forest improvements, all while immersed in the project-based experience itself--you become the students and the students become the teachers. Participants will also learn how to use technology to guide PBL and inquiry without reliable internet access.

Date: August 7 and 8, 2018
 
Cost: $50, or $75 if you wish to stay in a shelter on the property

 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

​September

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If there is a "Easy Panels Javascript" Web Part in the same zone (example: "Top," "Left Column," etc.), this content will automatically be collapsed into a panel. Once the page is saved, panels will appear top-to-bottom in the same order that they appear edit-mode.

In order to change the name of the panel title:

 

  1. Click the arrow at the top-right of this web part, then click "Edit Web Part."
  2. In the web part properties panel that appears on the right, click the "Appearance" section to expand it.
  3. Type your tab title into the "Title" field. This will be the very first text field in the "Appearance" section.
  4. Click "OK" at the bottom of the web part properties panel.
  5. Finish any other editing, then Save & Close the page.

Note: You can make other web parts into tabs by setting the "Chrome Type" property to "Title Only".

October

Sample Panel Content

If there is a "Easy Panels Javascript" Web Part in the same zone (example: "Top," "Left Column," etc.), this content will automatically be collapsed into a panel. Once the page is saved, panels will appear top-to-bottom in the same order that they appear edit-mode.

In order to change the name of the panel title:

 

  1. Click the arrow at the top-right of this web part, then click "Edit Web Part."
  2. In the web part properties panel that appears on the right, click the "Appearance" section to expand it.
  3. Type your tab title into the "Title" field. This will be the very first text field in the "Appearance" section.
  4. Click "OK" at the bottom of the web part properties panel.
  5. Finish any other editing, then Save & Close the page.

Note: You can make other web parts into tabs by setting the "Chrome Type" property to "Title Only".

November

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Sample Panel Content

If there is a "Easy Panels Javascript" Web Part in the same zone (example: "Top," "Left Column," etc.), this content will automatically be collapsed into a panel. Once the page is saved, panels will appear top-to-bottom in the same order that they appear edit-mode.

In order to change the name of the panel title:

 

  1. Click the arrow at the top-right of this web part, then click "Edit Web Part."
  2. In the web part properties panel that appears on the right, click the "Appearance" section to expand it.
  3. Type your tab title into the "Title" field. This will be the very first text field in the "Appearance" section.
  4. Click "OK" at the bottom of the web part properties panel.
  5. Finish any other editing, then Save & Close the page.

Note: You can make other web parts into tabs by setting the "Chrome Type" property to "Title Only".

December

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Sample Panel Content

If there is a "Easy Panels Javascript" Web Part in the same zone (example: "Top," "Left Column," etc.), this content will automatically be collapsed into a panel. Once the page is saved, panels will appear top-to-bottom in the same order that they appear edit-mode.

In order to change the name of the panel title:

 

  1. Click the arrow at the top-right of this web part, then click "Edit Web Part."
  2. In the web part properties panel that appears on the right, click the "Appearance" section to expand it.
  3. Type your tab title into the "Title" field. This will be the very first text field in the "Appearance" section.
  4. Click "OK" at the bottom of the web part properties panel.
  5. Finish any other editing, then Save & Close the page.

Note: You can make other web parts into tabs by setting the "Chrome Type" property to "Title Only".

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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.