Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Preservice educator training that enables students and faculty in education departments at colleges and universities to effectively include environmental education in their teaching
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is delivering environmental education training and on-going support to preservice faculty across the United States to enable them to embed environmental education effectively into their preservice methods courses, including using their newly revised Preservice Faculty Member Handbook to better equip faculty members. They hope to improve teaching and learning about working toward a healthy and sustainable environment.
In 2017, 11 PLT States received grants to provide high-quality professional development to 65 preservice faculty. These preservice faculty members were trained as PLT Facilitators, enabling them to integrate EE into their preservice methods courses, beginning in 2018. Nevada PLT held an NGSS/PLT Boot Camp, which provided 16 hours of high-quality professional development on PLT’s resources, ideas for using the outdoors as a classroom, and deep experience with the Next Generation Science Standards. South Dakota PLT conducted a training on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which integrated PLT curriculum into Oglala Lakota College’s Integrated Science for Elementary Teacher I course.
PLT is working with its networks of EE leaders to collaborate and deliver training to preservice faculty, using successful methods for integrating EE into preservice methods courses identified through the previous EETAP (Environmental Education Training and Partnership) agreements funded by U.S. EPA. Priority for training will be given to state programs working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, or Tribal Colleges/Universities.