Environmental Literacy in Iowa
From the outgoing Chair - Jane Shuttleworth
Thanks to all the participants, presenters and planners who attended the ICEC “Diving into Networking” February workshop!
We took the plunge (and pledge) at the workshop to roll out a new model for accomplishing ICEC’s mission “to empower and network Iowa’s formal and non formal educators for environmental literacy.”
That is, the main venue for carrying out ICEC's mission over the years has been through Winter Solstice workshop. Several hundred teachers, naturalists and other educators attended this annual professional development workshop. There were keynote speakers and a plethora of concurrent sessions on a range of topics.
Over the past decade, due to various factors and trends, attendance began to drop. At the same time, ICEC’s mission remained as urgent and necessary as ever. It was time for a new approach.
Enter the “Diving into Networking” workshop. Not only is this a new model for implementing ICEC’s mission, it is also more focused, targeted, and relevant. It is based on building strong local networks between teachers, naturalists, AEA science consultants, and conservation professionals, and linking them into a statewide network. It is about sharing and promoting best science education practices, and connecting the research of Iowa’s top scientists and conservation professionals with schools, nature centers and other learning communities.
In the coming year, ICEC network coaches will follow up to support the new connections and relationships made at the Diving into Networking workshop. ICEC is also already planning the 2016 workshop.
But ICEC is also more than workshops. In this newsletter read about our other projects, such as our awards and scholarship programs, and our grant to update Project WILD – including incorporation early childhood environmental education component with KINDER NATURE – to address STEM and Next Generation Science Standards initiatives.
ICEC depends and on thanks you, our membership, for support. We also thank Iowa’s Resource Enhancement And Environmental Protection Conservation Education Program for ongoing grants to support our programs.
Last but not least, huge thanks to Linda Zaletel, ICEC’s outgoing Executive Director, for her wisdom, hard work and passion. Linda will retire the end of May, and the Executive Committee is accepting applications for a new director until April 15. Click on more information below for Job Announcement.
Send cover letter and resume to IowaEE@outlook.com