Year Three Participants - Deadline 2/1/16
The National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA staff and partners are recruiting 85 schools in the United States to participate in the third year of the program. Our EPA Taiwan colleagues are also recruiting 85 schools in Taiwan. We will engage approximately 3,750 students in the second year, bringing our total engagement to 7,500 students.
Year Three Program Locations
Have you been wanting to bring more of a global perspective into your teaching and sustainability work at your school? Are you interested in developing a partnership with a like school in Taiwan? Would you like to try a new way of teaching using a cool online platform (iEARN) to develop a collaborative project-based learning program with your students?
Although schools are still working on their projects as we speak, here are some of the things they said about the professional development course and program so far!
"I have learned lots of things throughout this six-week online course and this course has helped me tremendously in project planning. Moreover, the interactive learning approach has been well implemented through the timely responses and comments left by the facilitators on the forum which made this six-week online course a very pleasant journey. "
“The course readings did help me a lot with information in international cooperation and activities. It also provides some useful tools that I think will help me and partner in the process. It also push me to think about the project more thoroughly, and I get to know others' philosophy and acts through forum which is really cool.”
“It is an engaging experience. We both found out we had issues with waste in the cafeteria. We have too many kids using plastic water bottles every day, while they had too much packaging with the food being catered. We both came up with ways to reduce our consumption.”
“We have communicated with each other by emails, Hangouts, and Teachers Forum on iEARN. So far, we reached a consensus to work on the two Eco-Pathways: Consumption and Waste, and Energy. We will hold a video conference for US-Taiwan students and teachers in March, then, sent emails, and post comments online. Students in both schools are looking forward to getting to know their partners, and sharing their project photos they took last semester.”
Each participating school will pull a team (2) of teachers together that will receive free online professional development as well as PD as part of a local on the ground workshop. Participating educators will each receive a $100 stipend for their time and each school will be matched with a like school in Taiwan with which they will collaborate, plan and work together on a project-based learning program focused on sustainability.
The attached document will provide you with a comprehensive view of the program and what will be expected from each participating team and what the benefits of participating will be for you.
Please feel free to be in touch with your local contact if you have additional information or with the
National Eco-Schools Director for more information! Contact information is found in the application.
This amazing experience will open your student’s eyes to the larger world and allow us all to work collaboratively towards a better and more sustainable world!
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