Advancing Learning LandscapesA CDE grant project increasing educator capacity to nurture environmental literacy for Humboldt County students
Once a teacher makes the connection between the classroom world and the world outside enormous possibilities open like a morning glory bud untwisting at dawn. ~Ann Zwinger
WHERE: Participating Schools
Our coaches are working with teachers from each of these sites:
South Fortuna Elementary (TK-4)
Fuente Nueva Charter (TK-6)
Klamath Trinity High School
Sunny Brae Middle School
WHO: Project Team
Jennifer Ortega, Curriculum Specialist/Coach & Grant Evaluator
Jennifer is a lecturer in HSU’s Environmental Science & Management Department and Kinesiology & Recreation Administration Department. When she’s not in the classroom or working on her doctorate of education, you’ll find Jennifer instructing for the California Naturalist Program and the Forestry Institute for Teachers. A credentialed science teacher, Jennifer has led outdoor schools and worked in museum education.
Michael Kauffmann, Curriculum Specialist/Coach
Sal Steinberg, Curriculum Specialist/Coach
Allison Poklemba, Curriculum Specialist/Coach, Coordinator
Denise Newman, Curriculum Specialist/Coach, Community Resources
Denise, Projects Coordinator with Redwood Community Action Agency, received her masters in Natural Resource Interpretation and Planning from Humboldt State University. She oversees watershed-based k-12 environmental education projects from grant proposal and planning to classroom and field studies. Denise also designs natural and cultural-themed interpretive signage as well as leads interpretive tours along our local trails, including the Eureka Waterfront Trail.
Rosie Slentz, Project Director
HOW: Scope of Work
Job embedded professional learning and partnerships with local agencies will build capacity for teachers to make the most of their outdoor campus.
The Advancing Learning Landscapes (ALL) proposal from the Humboldt County Office of Education will develop and enhance student and teacher understanding of environmental literacy through a deepened connection to their school campus (and eventually beyond) in rural elementary schools across the county. We will use innovative teaching methods to integrate and strengthen place-based science instruction across the curriculum through a program of embedded professional development activities initially based on the campus of county schools. This integration will improve student’s connection to the natural world and in doing so improve their thinking and reasoning skills which will prepare them to successfully meet the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards. The team at the county office will develop and curate curriculum for campuses across the county, coordinate guest scientists visits, and provide training (co-teaching) at school sites with ways to use these resources.