“Environmental education” as we know it today was born at the University of Michigan (UM) in the 1960s as a result of a collaboration between Dr. Bill Stapp and his students. What is now UM’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) has over 8,000 active alumni working in natural resources, environment, and sustainability across non-profit organizations, corporate businesses, and government agencies. Among these alumni are over 500 leading national and international environmental educators, including faculty members listed in this database. Dr. Michaela Zint joined UM after Dr. Stapp’s retirement in 1996 and is SEAS’ primary environmental education faculty member. Other SEAS faculty, including Drs. Ray De Young, Bob Grese, and Dorecta Taylor, also regularly work with MS and PhD students on innovative environmental and sustainability education initiatives. UM’s undergraduate Program in the Environment and graduate SEAS MS and PhD programs offer introductory and advanced environmental and sustainability education courses, a broad range of natural and social science (including environmental justice), engineering, and design classes, and enable students to gain interdisciplinary expertise in cities/built environment, climate and energy, conservation/restoration, food, or water. Environmental education students also have the opportunity to complete courses in, or obtain additional degrees from UM’s other leading national schools such as the School of Education, Business, Public Health, Public Policy, or Social Work.
The University of Michigan School of Education’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) is hiring a Program Assistant to work across two STEM and sustainability education programs administered by the center: the Bosch Eco+ STEM Teacher Grant Program (BEST), and the Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship (DITF).
This is a two-year fellowship supported by Poverty Solutions and the Youth Policy Lab at the University of Michigan. The position will be based in Detroit and will report directly to the City's Director of Youth Employment for day-to-day activities. The Fellow will also functionally report to the Assistant Director for the Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility (Poverty Solutions), and be supported by staff at the Youth Policy Lab and Poverty Solutions, to coordinate their work with a range of other Detroit-based projects. This position will be primarily based in Detroit, Michigan, and will require occasional travel to UM's campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship (DITF) is a program out of the University of Michigan's Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER). DITF supports teachers in the Great Lakes Bay Region designing and implementing place-based, sustainability-focused learning units. The Program Coordinator works directly with CEDER’s Managing Director and other CEDER staff and students to coordinate and assist in managing all activities related to the DITF program.
NOAA B-WET is a grant program that supports Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for teachers and students across the USA. NOAA B-WET evaluation’s system was designed to determine to what extent its professional development and student programs are having collective impact by meeting desired outcomes, and to identify MWEE best practices.
Learn how address and respond to climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment (cities) through this free (without certification) Massive Open Online Course on Coursera.
This free 4-day high school unit introduces students to climate science, scientific modeling, citizen science, and plant phenology. The unit builds students’ understanding of not only the climate's impact on Michigan's agriculture, economy, and citizens, but also their own impact on the climate.
This free ten day middle school unit introduces students to plant growth and climate change concepts, current forest ecology research methods, and how climate change can impact forests. The unit builds students’ understanding of the impact climate has on tree growth and forests, and also the impact humans have on climate.