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.


 

January

 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: Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Register Here

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: Tuesday, 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: Tuesday, 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: Tuesday, 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: Thursday, 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.

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.