Workshop on Oct. 28 will show teachers how to use the outside environment inside the classroom

September 27, 2006

DEARBORN / Sept. 27, 2006---Teachers can learn how to utilize the outside environment inside the classroom during a one-day workshop at the University of Michigan-Dearbornís School of Education on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Gail Luera, associate professor of science education, and Susan Everett, assistant professor of science education, will present "Using Your Local Environment as an Educational Resource" as part of the Teachers Academy workshop series at the School of Education.

The workshop, which will take place in Room 119 of the Environmental Interpretive Center, is geared toward elementary education students, pre-service teachers, K-8 teachers and environmental education professionals.

Luera and Everett will discuss topics such as taking advantage of local resources; making modifications to local school grounds; connecting the local environment, school curricula and the Michigan curriculum framework; and linking the use of the local environment to sample MEAP questions. Participants will be actively involved in sample environmental education experiences that are easily implemented in K-8 classrooms.

Luera, who earned her Ph.D. in environmental education at U-M Ann Arbor, teaches courses that focus on environmental education, environmental interpretation and science education. Everett, who earned her Ph.D. in science education at the University of Iowa, teaches courses in earth and space science and science education. She also has facilitated numerous field trips for pre- and in-service teachers and elementary students.

The deadline to register for the workshop is Oct. 13. Workshop cost is $65 for the general public and $40 for UM-Dearborn alumni and students. A boxed lunch is available for an additional $5.

After Oct. 13, the cost of the workshop is $80 for the public and $55 for UM-Dearborn students and alumni.

The workshop also may be taken for one undergraduate or graduate credit hour. Please contact Judy Garfield at 313-593-5285 for more information on tuition cost and registration procedures for academic credit.

For more information on the workshop, contact Mary Fulmer at 313-593-3893.

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