Student based projects are an excellent way to increase environmental sustainability while teaching students communication skills, budgeting, peer collaboration and critical thinking. In this session, attendees will learn what sustainability projects are, how they work and how they can be implemented. The presenter will provide examples of successful projects at all budget levels and cover a variety of ways to obtain project funding. Attendees will receive resources, tips, and curriculum materials to start a sustainability project program.
For a decade, Heather Berry has ignited her students’ passion about science and the environment through hands-on activities, connecting current events with classroom subject matter, and her unique “Project Based Learning Series.” By challenging her
students to make their school or community more environmentally sustainable, they have developed several interesting year-long projects, including creating recycling and composting programs, using outdoor classrooms, installing a solar powered cell phone charging station, and working with elementary schools to increase their environmental sustainability. Additionally, she and her coworkers have taken students to Hawaii, Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, and elsewhere to explore human impacts on these areas and participate in volunteer activities to improve the environment.
Design Thinking Through Outdoor Learning
Have you ever wondered how to integrate outdoor learning and the design thinking process? Come hear how one elementary teacher has integrated the two ideas in an indoor/outdoor TinkerLab of Engineers. Learn how to explore your own outdoor space and how to use natural and man-made materials in makerspace activities.
Over the past 20 years, Chantel Estes has developed her passion for empowering students to create positive change in the world around them. She has a background in elementary classroom teaching, outdoor learning and using sustainability to engage students in authentic problem solving. Currently, she teaches engineering to students grades k-6 at Roxborough Primary and Intermediate developing skills and building self-efficacy through a TinkerLab approach to learning.
Being Water Aware in Colorado
With our semi-arid climate and growing population, water is often the topic of conversation and news in Colorado. During this session, attendees will discover the unique journey water takes in Colorado both in the natural environment and the urban environment. Learn how we use water individually and as a community and ways we can use this information in the classroom on our journey to becoming water efficient.
During her stint as a whitewater raft guide on the Arkansas River, Ellen Olson developed a close relationship with water. She has carried that enthusiasm into environmental education where her focus has been on increasing water literacy and connecting water and education professionals. She currently coordinates the Water Ambassador Program which introduces students in the south metro area to the fascinating world of Colorado water.
Intro to Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is branching out! Our successful professional development model and activities are joined by new grade-band specific E-Units: K-2 Treemendous Science, 3-5 Energy in Ecosystems, and 6-8 Carbon and Climate. These online activities and lesson plans allow for student progression over time, with embedded science, social studies, language arts and environmental education standards.
Engage Students in Greening Your School
GreenSchools Investigations empower students to understand their relationship with energy, water, waste, landscape and other environmental topics at school and at home. Green teams investigate real time use of resources, and have access to grants to make changes that increase sustainability.
School Garden Curriculum Connections
Join the DUG education team to learn different ways to connect your classroom to your school garden and teach hands-on lessons in gardening and nutrition. In this workshop we will overview the DUG curriculum, how our lessons align to the Colorado Academic Standards in science and comprehensive health, and provide tips on how to engage your students in the school garden.
Judy Elliott, Senior Education Specialist with Denver Urban Gardens, known around the Denver horticultural community as 'Jungle Judy' has a passion for inspiring youth and adults to become leaders in their communities as they follow the diverse, non-judgmental lessons of the garden. With a BA in Social Welfare, graduating Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis on 'High Risk Youth Studies', she has an Advanced Master Gardener Certificate and additional two years of horticultural studies through courses at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University. At DUG, she was instrumental in developing curriculum for its Nutrition/Gardening curriculum, supported by USDA SNAP-ed funding that is available to all teachers and educators.
Mikhaela Mullins holds a Masters of Public Health, with an emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health, from the University of Colorado - Denver and a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Prior to joining Denver Urban Gardens, Mikhaela worked on small-scale organic farms in Washington, developing a passion for sustainable agriculture, food access, and community engagement. As the Director of School Garden Programs, Mikhaela provides support to DUG's school-based community gardens, fostering connections between the school, garden and the surrounding communities. In this role Mikhaela coordinates the Garden to Cafeteria, Youth Farm Stand, and Healthy Seedlings youth education programs; coordinates the Helping Kids Get Healthy educator workshops; and the School Garden Cultivator volunteer program.
Healthy Schools & Mindfulness
This session will provide an overview of mindfulness in education and how mindfulness helps students improve focus and attention, regulate emotions and increase overall learning readiness. This will be an experiential session where participants will learn specific mindfulness tools they can immediately incorporate into their classrooms.
Grant Writing & Funding Resources
Presentation focused on grant writing tips, types of funders, and potential resources. Presentation will also discuss the demographics of our district and how that impacts grant funding.
Laura has been with the district for eight years as the Grant & ESSA Coordinator, primarily coordinating federal and state grants. She also supports improvement planning for schools that are have been identified by the state and federal accountability systems. Prior to joining DCSD, she was an early childhood and elementary educator. Laura also spent several years working for multinational organizations in both the public and private sector in the areas of education, marketing and international investment promotion focused on poverty alleviation.