2020 Spring Virtual PD Day!

Join us on Friday, April 3rd for a day of virtual professional development!

We are excited to offer an opportunity for the Colorado ee community to gather together virtually for a day of engaging professional development. Each session will run for one hour with opportunities for engagement and questions throughout. No registration is required. To join a session, please click on the session title and Zoom will open automatically.

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9:00AM - Opening Keynote

  • CAEE Welcome
  • Intention Setting with Deb Matlock, Wild Rhythms 
  • The Golden Thread: Leveraging Equity to Strengthen Environmental Education - Taishya Adams, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

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10:45AM - Select One of the Following:

  • Wild Pedagogy: The Wild Edge of EE - Deb Matlock, Wild Rhythms 

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12:00PM - Lunch Break

1:00PM - Select One of the Following:

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  • Queerness in EE: A Practical Guide for Working With Queer Individuals In The Environmental Education Field - Matthew Jones, Western Colorado University/Coldharbour Institute

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The Nature of Microbes: Small and Simple Ways to Integrate Germs into Environmental Education, Melanie Armstrong, Western Colorado University

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3:30PM - Select One of the Following:

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  • Ute STEM: Colorado’s First Scientists - Liz Cook, History Colorado

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Session Descriptions

The Golden Thread: Leveraging Equity to Strengthen Environmental Education, Taishya Adams, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

Equity is the latest in a series of big ideas that seeks to level the playing field. Though there is no universal agreement on the definition of this word, there is a deep body of research coupled with lived experience on what equity can mean and what it looks like in action. After unpacking equity terms like inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence, we will explore how these terms show up at three levels of change: individual, organizational culture, and systemic. At the individual level, we will explore ways to acknowledge and understand our own identifies and their intersections with a focus on how these identities how we interact with ourselves and the world. At the organizational culture level, we will discuss why it is critical to reclaim all our complex cultural and linguistic histories and perspectives to truly inspire and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. At the systemic level, we will discover the unique opportunities and challenges of using the golden thread of equity to strengthen the virtual and horizontal alignment within environmental education and across sectors.

Wild Pedagogy:  The Wild Edge of EE - Deb Matlock, Wild Rhythms

Come learn about a new body of work in environmental education! Wild Pedagogies represents the on-going work of a broad cross-section of international scholars looking to education as a change agent in these times of heightened ecological awareness.

Introducing the Citizen to the Science: A Learner-Centered Approach Towards Developing an Understanding of the Nature of Science - Aidan Goldie, Walking Mountains Science Center

How can science instruction be more equitable for learners to better see themselves as scientists? This session will offer methods that align with the 2020 Colorado Science Standards for student-centered learning to understand the relevance of science to their lives.

Revising Colorado's EE Plan - Katie Navin CAEE

Colorado is revising its formal plan for PreK-12 environmental education adopted by the State Board of Education! Come learn about potential changes and provide your feedback before the new plan is launched in fall of 2020.

Queerness in EE: A Practical Guide for Working With Queer Individuals In The Environmental Education Field - Matthew Jones, Western Colorado University/Coldharbour Institute

In this session we will discuss terminology/theory, what to do if a youth "comes out" to you, how to handle homophobic/transphobic bullying from youth to coworkers to even bosses, and how to create a safe learning space.

The Nature of Microbes: Small and Simple Ways to Integrate Germs into Environmental Education - Melanie Armstrong, Western Colorado University

Your environmental education includes birds, trees, water, and likely a few bugs and creepy-crawlies, but how do you teach about microbial nature? Learn how to use germs in your environmental curriculum! This session considers scientific principles that can be explored through epidemiology, shares ideas for including microbes and disease in your lesson plans, and introduces ways to talk with kids about the science of pandemic disease. We will also consider how integrating microbes into EE can shift the ways we teach and talk about science, politics, and society.

CAEE's AmeriCorps Program: Q&A - Katie Navin and Kat Riley, CAEE

Join us to learn more about the eeCorps program and how your organization might benefit from hosting an AmeriCorps member to help expand your programming and your reach.  We will discuss the requirements for organizations, benefits, and more.  

Ute STEM: Colorado’s First Scientists - Liz Cook, History Colorado

For centuries, the Ute people have thrived in the diverse ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains. In this session, we’ll explore activities showing how generations of Ute people used STEM knowledge and skills to engineer shelters, find food and create artwork.