Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 4:30-5:30 Central Time. Going Green through the Curriculum. David Sobel, Antioch University New England, and Jennifer Seydel, Expeditionary Learning. David and Jenny will provide you with ideas and practical strategies for using the local community and environmental issues to teach science and socials studies content AND improve reading, writing, and math skills. David will share the story of an elementary teacher who uses a local case study to integrate standards in social studies, science, reading, writing, and math. This is just one of numerous examples of how teachers across the country use place based education to breathe life into state standards and benchmarks. Jennifer will provide examples of how teachers use school gardens to teach rigorous science and address crucial health and environmental justice issues. Authentic student projects and products will allow you to see how school gardens can tie together science, social studies, literacy and math for elementary, middle and high school students.

Presenter Bios
David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored seven books and more than 60 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. His articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Encounter, Sierra, Sanctuary, Wondertime, Green Teacher, Play Rights, Educational Leadership and The Harvard Education Letter. He has written chapters included in Father Nature; Stories from Where We Live-The North Atlantic Coast; Place-based Education in a Global Age; and The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. His most recent books are Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities published by the Orion Society, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators published by Stenhouse and Wild Play, Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors published by Sierra Books. He was recognized as one of the Daring Dozen educational leaders in the United States in 2007 by Edutopia magazine.

Jennifer Seydel brings 30 years of experience as an educator to her role as School Designer for Expeditionary Learning, a non-profit education reform organization that partners with schools with the goal of preparing children and youth for success in an ever changing world. Prior to her work with Expeditionary Learning, Jennifer was an Associate Professor of Education at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. As the Director of the S.A.G.E. Project, a college-community collaboration founded to address the needs of highest risk high school students in Springfield, Massachusetts, Jennifer designed the S.A.G.E. M.Ed. program, a graduate degree in Education and Counseling. During her K-12 teaching career, Jennifer taught physical education, health, biology, and special education at the elementary and high school levels. Jennifer received her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Iowa, her M.Ed. in Environmental Education from Lesley College and the Audubon Expedition Institute, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University of New England.

Suggested reading, from David Sobel, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. Portland, ME: Stenhouse, 2008.

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