Specially supported early bird registrations to attend CWI's 2020 Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's acclaimed Summer EAST Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
Special supported early bird registrations are available to attend CWI's 2020 Summer WEST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
Rural communities are hard hit by changes in weather and climate, but often left out climate discussions. The Jefferson Center in St. Paul, MN, used a citizen jury model to create Rural Climate Dialogues, engaging rural residents with the resources and information they need to think critically and create sustainable community solutions. Their representative recommendations address actual community needs, which are presented to local, state, and national policymakers.
Earth Education leaders (administrators, practitioners, and researchers) have a profound responsibility to include the best of what is known about teaching and learning, Earth Science, and community engagement into their every day professions to ensure opportunities to foster real world change for learners and their communities.
When people gather with friends, neighbors, and fellow community members to deliberate on shared problems, they often report that they are exposed to ideas and perspectives they hadn’t previously entertained. They also often say that they leave the deliberative forums, not with completely changed minds, but “thinking differently” nonetheless. In this blog posting from the Kettering Foundation, read more about some of the reactions from participants in 25 online forums focusing on climate change choices.
From Stacie Molnar-Main - Shared by the National Issues Forums Institute
The introduction to deliberation webinar is now available as part of the Pennsylvania School Heath Spotlights series. It is designed to introduce teachers to promising practices that reinforce healthy and safe school climates, especially those using deliberation in the classroom. It is well grounded in k-12 teachers’ research.
Utilize western rivers to meet interdisciplinary academic standards creating relevant place based context for your students.
Monday - Friday, June 10-14, 2019
Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado
Date and Time:
Monday, June 10, 2019, 8:00am to Friday, June 14, 2019, 6:00pm
A new deliberative forum guide addressing the challenges of increasing demands on our nation's river developed using proven tools from the National Environmental Issues Forums, Kettering Foundation, and the National Issues Forums.
Our mission is to build a healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and environmental justice. Public Lab is inviting educators to take part in our evolving Educator Community of Practice and allow their students to be knowledge-produces within a global network of DIY scientists, environmental activists, and experts.
Issue guides provide the overall framework for the deliberative discussion and help forum participants focus on alternative courses of action. Key to creating an issue guide is how it is framed - how the issue is defined and what alternative courses of actions are presented.
Here you will find some resources to help you name and frame your own issues for deliberation.
The Cathedral District, located in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida is adjacent to the downtown business district. It offers a unique energy and atmosphere. Currently the residential population is less than 2,000 and there are few businesses. The thirty-six square block area is anchored by five historic Christian churches whose leaders are as committed to the city’s needs as they are to their worshiping members. Over the past 30 years the churches have served disadvantaged populations and created nonprofit organizations to serve children, women, families, and the homeless. Cathedral District-Jacksonville, Inc. became a Florida nonprofit organization in 2016 to address community needs.
There are three distinct challenges related to development of the Cathedral District. Each challenge requires creative thinking. Prioritizing how to take the best steps forward is the primary objective for bringing people together for dialogue. To the degree Cathedral District Jacksonville, Inc. can make progress on each of the challenges, those who, live, work, worship and visit the area will benefit.
Challenge 1 Focus on Alternative Parking Strategies
Challenge 2 Create a Walkable Environment
Challenge 3 Rally Community Willpower
This issue guide was written for Bradford County, Florida residents interested in deliberating choices regarding involvement in community planning and enhancement. The guide presents three areas to which residents can be actively engaged: relationship building, workforce development, and comprehensive planning.
The overarching questions for deliberation:
• What will it take for Starke and Bradford County residents to actively participate in local and regional democratic activity?
• How can all residents feel welcome in community decision-making?
• What will the impact of the new bypass be on the community?
• What should we do? What actions should be taken?
In partnership with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute, NAAEE has been developing the Environmental Issues Forums program. NIFI recently published a forum moderator toolkit. We invite you to hold a forum on climate, water, energy, or food issues.
How to Get Started:
Visit naaee.org/eif to download issue guides and the Toolkit for conveners and moderators.
You can also convene an Online Forum Using the Common Ground for Action Platform or Join a Scheduled Online Forum
Please visit https://www.nifi.org/en/common-ground-action for more information about how to host, and view the schedule of online forums.
Here's your chance to learn more about NAAEE's Environmental Issues Forums and to participate in a deliberative online forum focusing on climate change. Common Ground for Action (CGA) allows small groups to learn more about an issue, examine options for dealing with the issue, weigh tradeoffs, and find common ground, with beautiful visuals that let participants actually see their conversation evolve. The next scheduled forum will be held January 15th @1:30pm ET/10:30am PDT.
To learn more about CGA, visit https://www.nifi.org/en/common-ground-action.
In 2014, NAAEE and the Kettering Foundation renewed their partnership to develop the Environmental Issues Forums (EIF). EIF has involved educators from across the nation in the development and testing of issue guides and other materials. This publication documents, through a series of case studies, the journeys taken by these educators. They report on the process of developing locally relevant EIF materials, reflect on their experiences holding forums for a variety of audiences, and report assessment results.