*New Online Course* Teaching About Climate Change: Online Resources for Middle and High School Educators
Participants in this online, asynchronous course will learn about the reasons for teaching about climate change, explore the arguments and controversies involved in the topic, and delve into strategies and curriculum materials designed to help cut through the noise and bring students to a deeper understanding of the topic. Participants will receive access to Project Learning Tree’s Carbon & Climate middle school e-unit, a digital copy of Project Learning Tree’s Southeastern Forests and Climate Change high school module, and a physical copy of LEAF’s Wisconsin Forestry Lesson Guide at either the 7th-8th or 9th-12th grade level. You'll also receive a kit with classroom supplies for conducting a hands-on lab/demonstration. Participants have 45 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 7 hours. This course is designed for middle and high school life science, agriculture, and environmental science teachers with beginning to intermediate knowledge of climate change.
Cost: $50 For more information or to register, go to this link.
Teaching About Careers In the Forest
"Green" jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. At the same time, today's youth are seeking rewarding careers that help us move toward more sustainable lifestyles and economies, and Wisconsin's educators are being asked to incorporate more careers information into their curriculum. This self-paced online course is designed for middle and high school teachers and support staff who want resources and activities to help introduce their students to the wide range of careers related to forests. Participants will receive an e-book copy of Project Learning Tree's Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers curriculum, as well as specific training in how to effectively use these hands-on activities to help youth research different forest sector careers and learn what it takes to perform these jobs. Participants will also explore career-related resources from LEAF and the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee. Participants have 45 days from registration to complete the modules, which takes a total of 6 hours.
Cost: $25. For more information or to register, go to this link.
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. 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. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. 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. Participants have 45 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 8 hours.
Cost: $50 For more information and to register, go to this link.
Using the WI Community Tree Map as an Educational Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment
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. Using a smart phone or other device, 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. This module will take approximately 5-6 hours to complete within 30 days of your enrollment date.
Cost: $25 For more information or to register, go to this link.
LEAF Curriculum Workshop or In-Service
LEAF staff can help you set up a training or in-service for your school or district. Classroom-based or field-based professional development is customized to fit the needs and experience level of your staff, and may include background information on forests in Wisconsin, model teaching of LEAF lessons, and support for educational use of school grounds or school forests. LEAF training can also be combined with Project Learning Tree training if desired.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Forest In-Service
School forest in-services can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity for your staff whether you have a new school forest and want to introduce educators to your newly registered property, or to provide in-depth resources for teachers in a "veteran" school forest program.