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. 

​IMPORTANT UPDATE: With increased uncertainties around the spread of the coronavirus, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has taken several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of those precautions is canceling all university sponsored travel for students, faculty, and staff. Due to this, all in-person workshops scheduled between March 15-July 31, 2020 have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

​April

May

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Water Health and the Forest Connection: Tips & Tools to Study Local Water Resources | Legend Lake Lodge, Keshena

​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.  Join LEAF to become inspired to teach about water at your school forest, or other local site as we explore forest connections to water health from an individual tree to a watershed scale. Participants will receive an overview of a variety of resources and curricula, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Project Learning Tree, LEAF, and the UWSP Center for Land Use Education.  Participants will visit water and forest resources on the Menominee Reservation and also learn how to operate an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to check out the structures and life below the surface!  

Date: Friday, May 8

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Facilitators: Kate Flick and Steve Schmidt

Substitute reimbursement up to $150 is available to your school/district.

Educators from districts with more than 50% free or reduced lunch student populations are eligible for a scholarship to waive registration fees. If you think you qualify for a scholarship, please register and choose the "Pay Later" option and email us at wcee@uwsp.edu.

Register here by April 27th.

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Summer 2020 Online Offerings

 Connect, Explore, Engage with Educator Preparation Programs - ONLINE

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education have awarded funding for this two-day workshop. 

The goals of the workshop are to:
1. Develop a shared vision for what environmental education (EE) should be for all educator preparation programs in Wisconsin.
2. Utilize our network to learn more about environmental education and its effect on teaching and learning.
3. Craft a plan for your own program to advance education for environmental literacy and sustainability.

Significance of the Workshop
Wisconsin’s rich legacy of learning about and appreciation for the natural environment resulted in the Wisconsin State Legislature approving the requirement for conservation education for youth in 1930 (State of Wisconsin, 1989), teacher education in 1935, and the requirement that all school districts in Wisconsin incorporate environmental education into their curricula in 1983.
Candidates seeking licenses in early childhood regular education, elementary and middle school regular education, science, and social studies must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in environmental education including the conservation of natural resources. 

Dates: 
  • June 1-22: Asynchronous
  • June 22-23: Synchronous Meeting with Group (9:00 am 3 pm each day, with breaks)
  • June 24-30: Asynchronous

Facilitator: Dr. Becca Franzen

REGISTER HERE

 Energy Education: Concepts & Practices Module - ONLINE

This self-paced online module 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. Module activities include exploration of energy readings and pertinent websites, home activities such as reading utility bills, home energy audits, and calculating the wattages of various home appliances. Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 7 hours and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The cost is $25 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date. (EE Stipulation)

Register Here

 Step Outside and into Health and Wellness Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership - ONLINE

This self-paced online module will help you 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, physical, 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 module 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 learn how to conduct 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. The module also includes training in Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and you will receive an e-book version of the PLT guide. You'll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for conducting a project-based environmental education product. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The module includes time for integrating stepping outside into your classroom setting, and provides a variety of ready-to-use activities so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 7 hours and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The cost is $50 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date. (EE stipulation)

Register Here

 Using the WI Community Tree Map as an Educational Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment - ONLINE

This self-paced online module teaches you how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of city and township tree inventories from around the state, with your students! 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. 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. Students learn technical skills using equipment and observation, real-world critical literacy, outside field collection, data analysis and interpretation, systems thinking processes, and civic science practices. Participants will receive access to a growing library of resources which include curriculum connections, data collection and analysis documents, and a collection of articles and resources on urban tree benefits. Upon successful completion of the module, participants will receive a certificate of completion and an organizational login and password for using the WI Community Tree Map as an inventory, research, and citizen science tool with students. This module will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. The cost is $25 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date. (EE stipulation)

*If you are registered for the WI Ag Ed Conference (WAAE), you will receive a discount code that allows free participation in the online module upon attendance of the conference workshop.

Register Here

July

 ‭(Hidden)‬ BioEnergy Education | Wisconsin Energy Institute, Madison

BioEnergy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy from biomass resources and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop offers hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to enhance students' understanding of BioEnergy. Participants will explore BioEnergy resources (including solid biomass, biogas, and liquid biofuels) and discuss the benefits and challenges of utilizing these sources compared with conventional fossil fuels. Through hands-on experiences this workshop will highlight how BioEnergy resources work and how Wisconsin is utilizing them. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a selection of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Ken Walz

Register Here

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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.

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Online Professional Development

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.

In-Person, 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.