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: Environmental Experiences and Nature Play for Early Childhood | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

​Learn how to include nature exploration in your early childhood classroom by using Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Created to be developmentally appropriate for ages 3-6, PLT’s interactive environmental education activities address different learning styles while integrating nature exploration, literature, art, and music & movement into 30 learning experiences. In this workshop we will get hands-on with many different indoor and outdoor activities, discuss how to get early childhood students outside in all seasons, and explore how nature play can become an everyday part of student learning. PLT’s Early Childhood curriculum is correlated with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the NAEYC standards. Registry credit is available for this workshop.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Lunch Included!)

Facilitators: Nicole Filizetti, Kate Flick, Jenny Christopher

 Step Outside and Into Health and Wellness Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership | Mishicot Elementary, Mishicot

​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-8 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 K-8 teachers just beginning their adventure in teaching outdoors. (EE stipulation)

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Faciliator: Kate Flick

 Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy through Forestry Education | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

​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. This workshop counts towards the EE Stipulation.

Date: October 22, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Facilitator: Nicole Filizetti

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Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Water Health and the Forest Connection: Tips & Tools to Study Local Water Resources | Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Superior

​Water health and forest ecosystems go hand-in-hand, and school forests provide many opportunities for engaging students in learning about their environment. Whether in urban environments or the north woods, water is directly linked to trees and forests and connects these different parts of our state.  Join LEAF in your watershed to become inspired to teach about water at your school forest, or other local site. Participants will receive an overview of a variety of resources and curricula, including the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, Water Action Volunteers, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Project WET and Project Learning Tree, LEAF, and the UWSP Center for Land Use Education. Participants will also learn about using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for underwater exploration and get to operate an ROV to check out the structures and life below the surface!

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Facilitators: Steve Schmidt and Kate Flick

 

 PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators | Locations Statewide

Join us around the state to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Morning session participants will receive PLT's Focus on Forests and Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity modules. Focus on Forests provides opportunities for hands-on forest study and addresses concepts in biology, ecology, economics, and forest management. Biodiversity helps students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.

Afternoon session participants will receive PLT's Global Connections: Forests of the World and Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live modules. Forests of the World provides opportunities to apply higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects. Places We Live, a useful tool for place-based education, allows teachers to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities.

 Dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Ashland
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona
  • Thursday, Oct. 24: UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Milwaukee

 Session Times and Topics:

  • Morning Session: 9:00 am – noon
  • Focus on Forests and Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Forests of the World and Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live

Registration instructions 

Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

November

 Using the Wisconsin Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment | DNR, Oshkosh

​Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. 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. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Facilitators: Kate Flick and Dan Buckler

 
Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Using the Wisconsin Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment | DNR, Milwaukee

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. 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. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Facilitators: Kate Flick and Dan Buckler

 

Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Water Health and the Forest Connection: Tips & Tools to Study Local Water Resources | UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Water health and forest ecosystems go hand-in-hand, and school forests provide many opportunities for engaging students in learning about their environment. Whether in urban environments or the north woods, water is directly linked to trees and forests and connects these different parts of our state.  Join LEAF in your watershed to become inspired to teach about water at your school forest, or other local site. Participants will receive an overview of a variety of resources and curricula, including the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, Water Action Volunteers, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Project WET and Project Learning Tree, LEAF, and the UWSP Center for Land Use Education. Participants will also learn about using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for underwater exploration and get to operate an ROV to check out the structures and life below the surface!

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Facilitators: Steve Schmidt and Kate Flick

 
Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Using the Wisconsin Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment | DNR, Black River Falls

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. 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. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Facilitators: Kate Flick and Dan Buckler

 
Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Using the Wisconsin Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment | DNR, Fitchburg

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. 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. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Facilitators: Kate Flick and Dan Buckler

 

Substitute reimbursements of up to $125 are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 Discovering Energy in Nature | WAEE Fall Conference, Madison

​You’ve likely heard that bringing your classroom outdoors can be an effective way to teach. According to the Children and Nature Network, there are numerous reasons for taking students outside: Nature enhances academic achievement, improves student behavior, motivates the students to learn, promotes communication, improves cooperation, helps students focus, and of course makes them healthier and happier! You know the benefits of teaching outdoors - but doing it can be daunting. Join the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) to discover energy lessons that can effectively be taught outside. Take temperatures to investigate how shading, coloring, and other factors affect temperature; survey different environments to determine how sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, and wind affect living elements in an ecosystem; and spend time in a beautiful setting while making curriculum connections.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Facilitator: Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell

Register for this workshop as part of the WAEE Annual Conference!

 Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy | CESA 11, Turtle Lake

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)

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Faciliator: Sara Windjue

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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.

Place-based Learning: Engaging Students in Sustainability: Learn how to use your building and surrounding community as an extension of your classroom. An emphasis will be on unique features at your specific site to make learning relevant. 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.