Project Learning Tree Needs YOU!

One of the challenges of any outdoor/environmental education program is the constant pressure to adapt to current school curricula standards.  After all, if educators do not feel like the material will fit in with what they are required to teach their students, why would they want to use it?  So it is up to those of us on the more environmental side to keep up as best we can to provide engaging, easy-to-use, accessible, low cost options for incorporating important environmental topics into the classroom setting.

But we can’t always do this alone.  Project Learning Tree, one of the most widely known and used environmental education programs in the country, is looking to update its K-8 curricula to more thoroughly incorporate the increased need for STEM education (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  They are seeking the input of educators who have used their current Activity Guide to give them insight as to what works, what doesn’t and what could be added to make this new curriculum the best it can be.  The 10-15 minutes you spend on their survey may very well shape the way the next generation learns about our environment.

The below letter is from the coordinators of Project Learning Tree program.

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Dear Educator,

Project Learning Tree® (PLT) has been one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad since its start in 1976. Using the forest as a window on the world, PLT’s ultimate goal is an environmentally literate citizenry.

The last few years have brought significant changes to education. Innovative technologies are transforming classrooms and schools, while an increased need for STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) and the recent release of new curriculum standards—including New Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards – present both challenges and opportunities for educators. At the same time, critical and complex environmental issues such as climate change, energy, the expanding human population, and declining ecosystem health underscore the importance of being informed and involved.

To help educators tackle these challenges and issues, PLT has begun a 3-year project to improve its most widely-used resource, the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Called “PLT’s Next Generation,” this project will result in a PLT program that could look and function differently from the current guide.

We’re interested in knowing what aspects of the current PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide do or don’t meet your needs, and your thoughts on possible new features and topic areas. We invite you to participate in a brief (10-15 minute) survey, which you can access here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PLTNextGenerationSurvey

 

 

Important:

We are also asking for your assistance to distribute the survey to other educators. It’s important to us that a wide range of perspectives are represented in the survey. So, whether a person is a seasoned PLT educator or is new to PLT’s programs, and whether you teach pre-schoolers or pre-service teachers – we will value your input. Please send this note and survey link to your networks, professional colleagues, or co-workers. We want to hear from as many people as possible. The results of the survey will be used to guide the development of the Next Generation of Project Learning Tree. Your opinion does matter!

 

All responses to the survey will be strictly confidential. We will not ask for your name or email address and, to further protect confidentiality, will use the results in summary form only. Please respond to this survey by September 16, 2013. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact Jackie Stallard at 202-463-2754 or jstallard@plt.org. Look for a summary of results of the survey on our website, www.plt.org, in October.

We deeply appreciate your participating in our survey. Your input will help to provide the best environmental education possible for the next generation of learners.

Sincerely,

Kathy McGlauflin, Senior Vice President of Education

Al Stenstrup, Director of Education Programs

Jackie Stallard, Manager of Education Programs

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