High School Educators' Ecological Literacy and Research Day

As you may know the theme of this year's ESA annual meeting is "Enhancing Ecological Thought by Linking Research and Education". ESA is planning a "High School Educators' Ecological Literacy and Research Day" that will take place on Wednesday (August 6, 2008) during the meeting, focusing on how high school educators can integrate ecological literacy and research into their teaching practice.

Here are 3 ways you can get involved:

  1. Join us! We are looking for graduate students attending ESA that are interested in K-12 education to participate in "Teacher Day". Specifically, we are looking for grad students to work with teachers in small groups to dialog about how HS students can develop an ecological voice and how teachers can incorporate ecology into their teaching practice. This event would take place over lunch on Wednesday from 11-12:15. If you are not free at that time, we welcome you to be involved in the day more generally. Check out the agenda to see what interests you http://www.esa.org/milwaukee/highschool_educators.php. If you want to be involved, please email Jennifer Doherty at dohertyj(at)sas.upenn.edu or call her at 215-870-9806.
  2. Share your work! Even if you are not coming to the meetings this year, we would like to showcase your work in the classroom. In conjunction with teacher day we are compiling a teacher resource packet with lesson plans, lab protocols, student materials, websites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, data sets, and inquiry tools--anything useful to teach ecology or environmental studies. If you have any resources you wish to share or recommend, please email Jennifer Doherty at dohertyj(at)sas.upenn.edu.
  3. Do you know any HS teachers or informal educators who would want to come to "Teacher Day"? There are still spots available! To register for this free event, please point interested teachers to http://www.esa.org/education_diversity/hseducator_registration.php.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Doherty
Student Section Representative
ESA Education and Human Resources Committee