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.


 

October

 Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop | Ice Age Visitor Center, Campbellsport

​Foster a sense of wonder in young children through Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Designed for all early childhood educators, PLT's hands-on activities address different learning styles while integrating nature exploration, literature, art, music and movement into 30 learning experiences. Registry Credit is available for this workshop.

For more information see this flyer. PLT Early Childhood Workshop.pdf

Date: October 25, 2018

4:30 - 7:30 pm

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 Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop | Phillips Elementary School, Phillips

Take your young learners outside this winter! Foster a sense of wonder in young children through Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Designed for all early childhood educators, PLT's hands-on activities help foster a sense of wonder in young children. This curriculum addresses different learning styles while integrating nature exploration, literature, art, music and movement into 30 learning experiences. This workshop will focus on using PLT activities to get your students outside in winter. Registry Credit is available for this workshop with a short follow-up assignment.

Date: October 30, 2018

4:00 - 6:30 pm

PLT Workshop Flyer Phillips.pdf

Register Here

 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

Cost: $150 with tuition scholarship - Contact KEEP for eligibility: keep@uwsp.edu

Register Here

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) 

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: November 5, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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 Project Learning Tree "Energy in Ecosystems" Workshop for 3rd-5th Grade Teachers | UW-Stevens Point

​Join us for the day and get hands-on practice using Project Learning Tree's new 3rd-5th grade science curriculum unit, Energy in Ecosystems, as well as elementary energy education materials from the KEEP Program. Project Learning Tree's new resource is everything you expect from PLT: engaging, student-centered activities that help teach students how - not what - to think about the environment and their place within it. This new curriculum is constructed around the Next Generation Science Standards, aligned with the Common Core and the C3 Framework, and organized in a 5E Instructional Model.

Date: November 6, 2018 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A limited number of substitute reimbursements are available. Contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

Workshop Flyer

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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 engaging, cross-curricular activities that meet ELA standards with a hands-on STEM approach focused on energy concepts. Activities provided will fit with the workshop model and include gathering and analyzing data, exploring feature articles, comparing and contrasting readings, 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 so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. (EE Stipulation)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: November 14, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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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)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: November 15, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm
 

 Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop | Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha

Foster a sense of wonder in young children through Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Designed for all early childhood educators, PLT's hands-on activities address different learning styles while integrating nature exploration, literature, art, music and movement into 30 learning experiences. Registry Credit is available for this workshop.

For more information see this flyer. Workshop Flier.pdf

Date: November 17, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register Here

December

 Project Learning Tree Climate Change and Our Forests Workshop for Secondary Educators | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

​Perhaps more than any other current events issue, the topic of climate change challenges science teachers and students to accurately convey data, reveal assumptions, and engage critical-thinking skills. Project Learning Tree resources can help educators meet these challenges, introducing and educating students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change.

With these resources, as with all PLT materials, educators can help students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. PLT’s Southeastern Forests and Climate Change is a rigorous, high school level guide that helps educators teach about climate change impacts on forest ecosystems, the role of forests in sequestering carbon, and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climatic conditions. Participants will also receive PLT’s new Carbon & Climate middle school curriculum, which contains outstanding NGSS-based lessons that can be adapted for the secondary level.

Date: December 12, 2018 

12:00 - 4:00 pm

A limited number of substitute reimbursements are available. Contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

Register Here

 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) 

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: December 14, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

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) 

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: January 18, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

 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) 

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: January 23, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

 Developing Elementary Literacy 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. (EE Stipulation)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: January 24, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Registration Coming Soon!

 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. (EE Stipulation)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: January 24, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Registration Coming Soon!

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.

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: February 5, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

​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)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: March 5, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

 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)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: March 26, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

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)

Substitute stipends available, up to $125 payable to the school/district.

Date: April 11, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

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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.