Teachers Engaged in Science Leadership Activities (TESLA).
Become an Eco-School
Register withEco-Schools USA! This internationally acclaimed program is active in over 50 countries and has been identified by the United Nations Environmental Program as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development. Here in the United States 620 schools, from 48 states plus DC, have already registered to take part in the Eco-Schools USA program. Will you help us surpass 700? The comprehensive, self-guiding Eco-Schools USA website walks you through each step toward greening your school. Here's how to get started: 1. Register your school - it's free and easy!; 2. Find other K-12 schools in your city, county or state that are registered Eco-Schools by using the interactive map; 3. Learn about our seven-step process and the eight different pathways to sustainability. Eco-Schools USA can help to green not only your school grounds and buildings, but also help you to incorporate environmental education into the curriculum and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards. Sign up now! They look forward to helping you green your school!
Dow Chemical Funds School Trips on Board the Schooner Appledore
BaySail is offering fully funded environmental education programs for school groups and youth groups from the Great Lakes Bay Region this September. Opportunities will also be available for sails next Spring and Fall! Youth Group Leaders can sign their group up for one of the 35 free EcoSails, environmental sailing expeditions. Teachers and school groups can apply for one of the 35 scholarships for a free Science under Sail program. The 3 ½ hour sails will depart from Bay City. Funding for these trips is provided by a generous grant from the Dow Chemical Company. Interested teachers and youth group leaders should contact Gregory Allington at BaySail: (989) 895-5193 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These special educational sails were developed by BaySail with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The goal of these sails is to help teachers and students become more knowledgeable stewards of the Great Lakes. These Science under Sails will focus on water quality, invasive species, and climate change with particular attention to issues specific to the Saginaw Bay Watershed. On board the Appledore students analyze water, benthos, and plankton samples that they collect while aboard the ship. In addition, the students are given the opportunity to help raise sails, tie knots, and learn to navigate. BaySail is a 13-year old non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and stewardship through hands-on shipboard educational programming.
Music Video: We've Got to be That Light - A Gift to America's Teachers
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education had the wonderful honor of giving the Keynote Address at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in San Francisco in March 2011 to a few thousand teachers of science. Much of the Keynote was dedicated to why we teach, and to reaffirm to teachers why we went into this noblest of professions. After the Keynote, teachers approached him by the dozens and talked about losing their passion, their need to consider leaving the teaching profession, and overwhelming levels of stress from testing and the severe economic pressures now on school systems. As a thank you to the participants, and to all teachers, he wanted to do something to help in some small way. He worked with John Boswell at Symphony of Science to remix the Keynote into a music video as a gift to America's teachers - to let them know how important their job is to our children, our communities, and this great nation.
See the World from a Kids-Eye View
BASF Corporation has partnered with Kids X-Press to present anew twist in science literacy for children-a fun-to-read quarterly magazine about science that is written by kids. Combining articles, poems, illustrations and games, this new 32-page multilingual publication presents the world of science from a kid's point of view with many interesting results. Anyone between the ages of 6 and18 can submit material to Kids X-Press, which is accepting submissions for the next science edition focusing on the International Year of Chemistry and the importance of water as a major global resource. The Kids X-Press Website provides information on how to submit work to the magazine.