ARBORETUM NEWS (EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS)

Earth Partnership for Schools Receives ESEA Grant

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

School-wide teams of K-12 teachers with regional support staff from college Education and Science Departments and environmental educators will participate in a professional development graduate-level leadership institute at UW-Arboretum and continue education through 3 new EPS Regional Centers and 3 existing EPS Centers.
Specific High Need LEAS include Milwaukee, Little Chute, Clayton, Hillsboro, Bayfield. All LEAS and the 76 districts currently implementing EPS.

Through EPS Leadership and Regional Institutes, teachers will infuse new teaching techniques into science, math, language arts and other core subjects and experience activities aligned to state standards that involve students in inquiry-based problem-solving. Teachers will benefit from EPS Facilitating Centers’ technical and professional expertise, team-building, staff development, curricular support, and networking opportunities. College and University faculty and environmental educators will learn the EPS approach to high quality teacher professional development including content, process, student driven learning, adult learning guidelines, leadership development and group process skills.

Duration of Project: April 1, 2008 – April 30, 2011

We want to expand and strengthen the EPS model for teachers and students in Wisconsin. We will partner with UW-Stevens Point; Fallen Timbers Environmental Center and UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity; UW-La Crosse School of Education and additional UW-System Colleges and regional environmental centers to develop three new EPS Facilitating Centers in underserved areas of Wisconsin: Fox Valley/Northeast, Central, and Southwest Wisconsin. Existing EPS Facilitating Centers in Western, Northern, and South Eastern (Milwaukee/Kenosha) regions will be strengthened to serve additional high need and other LEAs.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.