Friday, March 22, 2013
Thank you to Turner Foundation for their sponsorship.

9:00 am                      Registration, exhibits, and EEA Store open, Coffee and tea available
10:00 – 10:50             Opening session and member meeting
Conference schedule ( pdf, updated March 12)
All sessions (pdf)
Conference presenters
11:00 – 11:50         Session 1
   

 Friday Schedule:

 

 Registration Opens

9:00

 Welcome &
 member meeting

10:00

 Session 1

11:00 - 11:50

 Lunch (at own cost)

12:00 - 1:50

 Session 2

 Session 2 LONG

2:00 - 2:50

2:00 - 3:50

 Session 3 LONG

3:00 - 4:50

 Session 4

4:00 - 4:50

 Improv Show

5:00 - 6:00

 

 

Using the National and State Standards with Project WET
Jo Adang, GA EPD
Strand: Promoting Programs
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Nonformal Educator

  • This session will explore the National and State standards and discuss ways to incorporate environmental education into core subjects in every classroom.

Environmental Education in the Next Generation Science Standards
Juan-Carlos Aquilar, Georgia Department of Education
Strand: Promoting Programs
Audience: PreK Educators, Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • Explores Environmental Science Education in the National Research Council K-12 Framework for Science and in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Promoting Your Cause through Blogging
Lesley Carter, The Clean Air Campaign
Strand: Promoting Programs, Changing Behavior
Audience: Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • A beginner's guide to blogging. Why should you blog? And where? And how? Walk through the basic best practices and survey the tools available. Then take a look at how best to apply it to your environmental cause.

Active Learning In and Out of the Classroom: Environmental Education for Today's Youth 
Melissa Caspary, Georgia Gwinnett College
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, Nonformal Educator

  • This presentation features innovative ways of making science relevant inside and outside of the classroom by reaching across disciplines and taking an inquiry-based learning approach.  Applied examples are provided from the fields of plant biology, ecology, engineering, geography, and horticulture.

Networking Session for Non-formal Educators
Rebecca Gilbert and EEA Board Members

  • Join fellow non-formal educators for a roundtable discussion of current communication techniques and tools in environmental education.

The Certification Program for Georgia's Environmental Educators
Susan Meyers, Deborah Harris, Kim Morris Zarneke, Susan De Rosa, & Michael S. O'Shield
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Nonformal Educator

  • How can you become an integral part of the 21st Century of communication for environmental education?  First, become a certified Georgia Environmental Educator through our nationally accredited program.  Through a panel discussion, we will provide answers to questions concerning the who, why, what, when and where of the ATEEG Program.

12:00 – 1:50        Lunch (not included in registration cost)

On your own OR
Join the Meet and Greet! Led by an EEA Board member, meet at the registration table and head out to a local eating spot.

2:00 – 2:50        Session 2

Dem Bones: Making Natural and Cultural Connections
Susan Meyers & Naomi Thompson, Stone Mountain Memorial Association
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: PreK Educators, Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Nonformal Educator

  • No matter your audience the topic of bones connotes an array of meanings.  They reveal secrets, convey messages, and are revered in many cultures.  Explore the possibilities and craft a skull in the process.

 

Easily Developing an Effective Web Presence for Your Program
Jenna Mobley, Springdale Park Elementary School
Strand: Promoting Programs
Audience: PreK Educators, Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Community Organizers, Nonformal Educator

  • Participants will learn the quickest and easiest ways to develop a web presence for their program using Wordpress blogs. We will also discuss ways to use tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to drive traffic to your website.

 


2:00 – 3:50        Long Session 2 (also see field trips)

Social Studies: Leveraging Social Media Platforms for Environmental Education
Lesley Carter, The Clean Air Campaign
Strand: Promoting Programs , Changing Behavior
Audience: Grades 9-12 Educators, Nonformal Educator

  • Today's teens are wired for social sharing. When utilized properly, this can be a powerful resource for environmental educators. Come explore the online platforms available and discuss key strategies for inciting response. Bring your laptop for some hands-on study!

Drawing on Nature
Nancy Lowe, Science Can Dance
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

Next Generation Learning Gardens
Catherine Padgett, Ford Elementary, Kyla Zaro-Moore & Karan Wood, The Captain Planet Foundation
Strand: Promoting Programs
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Community Organizers, Nonformal Educator

  • Come join us as we share how to establish and sustain a learning garden program and how to integrate problem based learning, STEM and nutrition lessons using curriculum written by Ford elementary and The Capt. Planet Foundation.
3:00 – 4:50        Long Session 3

Drama Queens and Classroom Theatrics; costumes, legends, and fun
Jerry Hightower, U.S. National Park Service & Penny Costanzo
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: PreK Educators, Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Nonformal Educator

  • Learn about fun and exciting multi-learning style teaching techniques of theatrics, storytelling, role play, song, and dance. Discover terrific role playing activities, songs, and creative ideas; create costumes;  receive lyrics, legends, and more; and have fun learning yourself.

People Count: Engaging All Students in Human Ecology
Carol McCullough, Education Consultant
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades 4-8 Educators, Nonformal Educator

  • Introduce students to the connections between people, natural resources and ecosystems using hands-on activities that engage students with a variety of learning styles. Through ,games, role-playing, concept mapping and more, we'll explore population dynamics and impacts on our environment.

 


4:00 – 4:50        Session 4

Expanding Our Understanding of the Knowledge-action Process following Environmentally-based Study Abroad Programs
Jonathan S. Penland, Ph.D., Toccoa Falls College
Strand: Changing Behavior
Audience: Grades 9-12 Educators, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • Why do some people holding pro-environmental beliefs take action, while other people holding pro-environmental beliefs, who were apparently exposed to the same or similar information, do not take action?  This session reports the knowledge-action process in participants that completed study abroad programs at UGA Costa Rica. The resulting study contains findings concerning the knowledge-action process with corresponding implications for educational planners.

 

Top 5 Online Tools For Free Publicity
Liz Swafford, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority
Strand: Promoting Programs
Audience: Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • Do you know the top 5 online tools you could be using right now to promote your organization's activities for free?  Learn how to use your website, social media, and other tools to publicize what you have to offer.

Snakes (and college students) need love too!
Margeaux Maerz, Herpetological Society at UGA
Strand: Promoting Programs , Changing Behavior
Audience: PreK Educators, Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, Nonformal Educator

  • See how the Herpetological Society at the University of Georgia is a model for a student-run outreach and educational organization.  Examine how we use technology to generate user interest, develop teaching skills, and build professional relationships. 

 

5:00 - 6:00     Improvisation Show

Improv skills are a terrific tool for communication in any workplace setting. The fundamentals are based on listening and being a good partner so it really can be applied anywhere. Plus, it's really fun!  Join the Village Theater (www.villagecomedy.com) in Oconee Rooms 1&2 for short-form improv games.  The actors and an MC will use the environment and education as suggestions in a few of the scenes. The actors will take audience suggestions so it is sure to be fun for all participants.

Dinner on your own (not included in registration cost)
7:30 - 9:00     Evening Social: Drinks and entertainment at Hotel Indigo

7:30-8  - meet at Hotel Indigo for drinks and mingling
8-8:20 - tour of Hotel Indigo's LEED certified facilities
8:20-8:45 - Ecotones performance
8:45-9 - Swung performance


Saturday, March 23, 2013

9:00 – 9:50             Opening keynote address

10:00 – 10:50  Session 5

Teaching the Natural Communities of Georgia
Leslie Edwards, Georgia State University
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public

  • This session will introduce the new book "The Natural Communities of Georgia" and will explore how formal and informal educators at many levels can use on-line materials related the book to teach about Georgia's diverse ecosystems. 

Climate Change is Elementary
Dave Finnigan, Climate Change is Elementary
Strand: Changing Behavior
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators

  • Our one-day PTA sponsored program brings energy/water saving action to families and helps kids tackle climate change and live in a clean green future.  The entire school community gets on the same page in one exciting day of activity.


Communication as Key to Meeting NAAEE and EEA expectations
Laurie Crooks, EEA Board member
Strand: Changing Behavior
Audience: Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • The North American Association for Environmental Education has called for diversifying our constituency and advocating importance in promoting environmental literacy.  Learn how EEA is communicating with local, state, and national legislators to determine where they stand and to work with them to further promote an environmental literacy plan for the state.

 

10:00 – 11:50         Long Session 6 (also see field trips)

Engaging Students in Science through Birds
Nikki Belmonte, Atlanta Audubon Society & Deborah Jenkins, University of West Georgia
Strand: Promoting Programs , Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Nonformal Educator

  • Learn how classroom teachers engaged their students in science through birds. See what lessons, activities, and service projects worked in grades 4-12 classrooms. Techniques used to engage this tech-savvy generation in bird and habitat conservation will also be discussed.

 

11:00 – 11:50         Session 7

Virtual Environments and Real Environments
Joseph Clark, Florida State University
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • An overview of multiuser virtual environments in environmental education and the application of collaborative and constructivist learning there, followed by a review of examples in Second Life and a discussion of future prospects for these tools. 

Sea Turtles from Afar:  Distance Learning at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Katie Higgins & Kristin Lee, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Strand: Promoting Programs , Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Grades K-3 Educators, Grades 4-8 Educators, Grades 9-12 Educators, Higher Ed Professionals, Community Organizers, General Public, Nonformal Educator

  • The Georgia Sea Turtle Center recently launched its first distance learning program.  This virtual field trip includes a tank-side introduction to our current sea turtle patients.  With many schools suffering from field trip budget cuts, and an increasing drive for S.T.E.M. programs, this program is a great fit for classrooms around the country.

Simple & Direct: the Most Efficient Ways to Reach the Highest Number of People
Michael Wall, Georgia Organics
Strand: Differentiating Instruction
Audience: Community Organizers, General Public

  • Effective communication techniques don't have to cost much, they don't have to take a long time, and they don't have to be strategically planned by a high-price marketing firm. In fact, most audiences respond to direct and simple messaging that, overtime, can establish a relationship based on belonging and pride. This session is perfect for a resource-strapped, lean & mean organization.
12:00 – 1:50         Awards Luncheon (Oconee Rooms 1&2)

Congratulate your fellow educators at the 2013 Awards ceremony. Lunch is provided.


Saturday field trip descriptions

2:00 - 4:45       Afternoon field trips