CSTA is thrilled to introduce a new webinar series: Outdoor &
Environmental Literacy Learning. The over-arching goals of the webinar
series is to:
- Make the Case for Environmental Literacy
- Resolve Perceived Obstacles
- Support Teachers as they Implement Environmental Literacy Learning in the Real World
Webinar 1 – Registration CLOSED
February 19, 2020 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Get Outside: How Can I Find the Funds for Outdoor Environmental Field Experiences?
Presenters: Jill Lytle, Santa Ana USD; Sasha Stallard, San Diego Zoo; Kyle Watson, Ecology Project International
Moderator: Kurt Holland
Many educators know the value of carefully planned outdoor field experiences that get their students doing and thinking in the manner of scientists and engineers. This is especially important when seeking to launch engaging phenomena driven 3D NGSS investigations, but finding the cash to make these experiences happen can be daunting and time consuming!
Join an experienced group of environmental literacy specialists and teacher-leaders as we guide you to a wealth of existing financial resources, easily accessible grants, and outline a longer-term process for building a culture of funded outdoor field experiences at your school.
Kyle Watson, Ecology Project International
Kyle Watson is the Admissions Director for Ecology Project International, a non-profit that empowers young people to take an active role in community-based conservation. EPI works through local program offices to connect students to authentic research opportunities in Yellowstone National Park, the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belize. Prior to earning her master's degree in environmental education, Kyle worked as the Operations Director of Forfar Field Station on Andros Island, Bahamas. She's passionate about fostering a sense of place in youth and providing accessible, transformative outdoor learning opportunities.
Webinar 2 - Registration CLOSED
March 25, 2020 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Get Integrated: How Can I Make the Time for Environmental Learning as Celebrated by NGSS and Foregrounded by the California Science Framework?
Presenters: Beth Callaghan; Alejandra Santini, Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH); Robyn Stone, Science & Technology Outreach Foundation
Moderator: Kurt Holland
Beth Callaghan develops teacher professional development programs for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Education Division. After earning Master's degrees in biological sciences from Smith College and science education from Duke University, Beth taught a variety of high school science courses and provided professional development for science teachers of at-risk and incarcerated youth in Massachusetts. Since moving to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Education Division eight years ago, Beth has worked with a highly collaborative team to incorporate the building of environmental identity and environmental literacy into Aquarium programs. As part of their work to incorporate culturally responsive teaching and developing and empowering a diverse group of young leaders who are inspired, science literate, confident and ready to act as agents of ocean conservation, she recently launched a year-long Climate Action Projects Summit for classroom and informal educators who work with youth in Grades 6-12. Her passion for field work and getting students outside is equaled only by her passion for making the science process engaging, relevant and accessible to all.
Alejandra Santini is a multiage teacher at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), currently teaching K-1-2. Her experience expands more than 25 years including teaching and leadership in settings from early childhood to graduate school. Alejandra has a MEd from UCLA. Her mission is to promote an image of children as “competent, active, critical, producers of culture, values, and rights, competent in living and learning” (Carlina Rinaldi). This image of children guides her to find and refine best practices. Throughout her career she has found that project based education, focused on the processes of the mind and on seeking depth of understanding, is pedagogically aligned with her image of children.
Robyn Stone is the STEM Education Programs Manager for Synopsys Science & Technology Outreach Foundation. Additionally, Robyn is an adjunct faculty instructor for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. She has been presenting courses and workshops in engineering, environmental education, inquiry-based science, and mathematics to educators at regional and national conferences for over a decade. Robyn also serves the San Mateo Environmental Literacy Collaborative as an instructional coach. Previously, Robyn was STEM Specialist and Sustainability Coordinator for The Harker School in San Jose. An elementary school classroom teacher and science specialist for 13 years, Robyn holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of San Francisco. She has National Geographic Educator Certification and holds both the Administrative Services and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials issued by the State of California.
Webinar 3 - Registration CLOSED
April 22, 2020 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Get Connected: How Can I Find Classroom Ready Tools & Partners for Environmental Literacy Learning that Support NGSS Learning?
Presenters: Brian Brown, Project WET; Jedda Foreman, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley; Amity Sandage, Santa Cruz COE
Moderator: Kurt Holland
Every teacher can support outdoor and environmental learning with their classes. In fact, this strategy is highlighted in California’s Science Framework. However, often it is nice to have a program to use and partners to support teacher capacity building! In this session, environmental learning leaders will connect you to three networks that will, in turn, support your efforts to get outside and do culturally relevant 3D learning in the field. Additionally, we shall look at the prominence that outdoor learning has in California education policy, before concluding with a brief review of the health and academic benefits of outdoor learning experiences.
Before joining the California Project WET program at the Water Education Foundation, Brian taught students at residential outdoor science schools around the state for 14 years, after a brief stint as an Eighth Grade U.S. History teacher. His tenure teaching outdoor science included 10 years preparing college students as environmental educators and teacher credential program candidates and involved wearing a number of hats that included wildlife wrangler, forest fuel reduction and trail engineering crew leader (i.e., camp logger) and compost pyromaniac.
Brian has also worked with the Society of American Foresters as an education specialist for the past 25 years and is a Facilitator for the Project WET sister programs - Project Learning Tree and Project WILD.He holds California Professional Clear K-12 credentials in Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects Life Science and Single Subjects Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Humboldt State University.
Jedda Foreman is the Director of Environmental Literacy Projects at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, which includes co-leading the Working Towards Equitable Organizations workshop series, liaisoning with school districts to support science and environmental literacy with the BaySci project, and co-leading the BEETLES project. In these roles, Jedda works with school and county superintendents and administrators, executive directors, teachers, principals, communities of practice, and researchers and evaluators, across a variety of formal and informal environmental education contexts.
Amity Sandage is Environmental Literacy Coordinator for Santa Cruz County Office of Education, leading a countywide effort to build environmental literacy of all students in the community. Amity works to increase K-12 student access to experiential, field-based environmental education and to support teachers in using local environmental connections that add civic engagement and relevance to core instruction.
Webinar 4 - Registration CLOSED
May 20, 2020 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Get Place-Based: Motivate and Engage Learners-Harvest and Use Local Phenomena
Presenter: Crystal Howe, Environmental Literacy Coordinator for San Diego County Office of Education
Moderator: Kurt Holland
Join us as we journey from defining phenomena to launching environmental learning activity with California’s master of phenomena, Crystal Howe. Crystal is an experienced classroom science educator, currently a science coordinator for San Diego COE, and brings an environmental literacy lens to all of her work as a statewide leader in NGSS education. Crystal will help teachers, and their allies, find relevant place-based environmental phenomena that, in turn, engages and motivates students to act on local environmental issues. Come prepared to ask questions, think, and participate in this lively and significant conversation.
Crystal Howe, San Diego COE
Crystal Howe has been a science educator in San Diego for 18 years. After 14 years teaching high school science, she learned that our students need a greater understanding of their connection to the natural world. As the Environmental Literacy Coordinator, for San Diego County Office of Education, Crystal’s focus is to support teacher to use an environmental lens to inspire kids across the content areas and grades. Much of her time is spent working with teacher, informal educators, and science experts to identify local environmental phenomena for use in the classroom.