Waste Reduction Education
The Environment and The Way We Live:
Our Choices Impact Everyone’s Future
(formerly Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked “R”)
Part I: Monday, June 17, 9-4:30; Tuesday, June 18, 9-2:30 (E.B. Lyons Nature Center, Dubuque)
Part II: Saturday, November 9, 9-12:30 (Swiss Valley Nature Center, Peosta)
Tuition: $50* (Clayton, Dubuque, Delaware, Howard, Linn, Scott an Winneshiek counties, plus Postville School District: See footnote.)
You will receive one hour of graduate credit and $65 of free resources, thanks to grant support.
Enrollment deadline: May 27
Audience: K-12 teachers—interdisciplinary
Instructor: Susan Salterberg
Help your K-12th grade students think critically about waste, consumption and the relationship between life satisfaction and "stuff." Great workshop to help you address essential skills across the curriculum, including 21st Century skills. (See examples below.)
You'll receive one hour of graduate credit and learn how to use more than $65 of free books and DVDs, as well as many more lesson plans that make this topic real and relevant. This workshop is interdisciplinary, interactive and engaging. Meals and refreshments provided.
Alignment with Iowa Core, Next Generation Science Standards and STEM: In the workshop, you will identify which Iowa Core skills and concepts are met with various lesson plans. An example is shown below for 3-5th grade science, social studies and 21st Century Skills:
|Activity||Who Polluted the Potomac?|
|Science||Life Science: Understand and apply knowledge of environmental stewardship. Inquiry: Plan and conduct scientific investigations; Identify and generate questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.|
|Behavioral Sciences: Understanding the changing nature of society; Understanding the influences on individual and group decision-making; Understanding current social issues to determine how the individual formulates opinions and responds to issues. Economics: Understand the role of scarcity and economic trade-offs and how economic conditions impact people’s lives. Geography: Understand how human factors and the distribution of resources affect the development of society and the movement of populations; Understand how physical processes and human actions modify the environment and how the environment affects humans. Political Science/Civic Literacy: Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action. History: Understand historical patterns, periods of time, and the relationships among these elements; understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo.|
|21st Century Skills||Health Literacy: Obtain, interpret, understand and use basic health concepts to enhance personal, family, and community health; Demonstrate critical literacy/thinking skills related to personal, family and community wellness; Demonstrate behaviors that foster healthy, active lifestyles for individuals and the benefit of society. Technology Literacy: Use technology resources to create original products, identify patterns and problems, make predictions, and propose solutions. Employability Skills: Practice leadership skills, and demonstrate integrity, ethical behavior, and social responsibility in all activities; Demonstrate productivity and accountability by producing quality work.|
You also will learn how the environmental lesson plans introduced employ Characteristics of Effective Instruction. The lessons and activities are meaningful, relevant and student-centered, allowing you to teach for deeper understanding and learner differences. In addition, our goal is that you and your students enhance your skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
What teachers say:
- “I think this should be a community outreach program. If everyone got to see one portion of what we talked about some eyes would be opened.”
- “Great eye opener to what needs to happen in our environment and ways to make it happen. Very good course.”
- “Loved this course.”
To enroll, go to http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/distance/courses/summer-2013/24552456-elemecml-41335133-63
You will receive directions and other details in early June. This workshop does not count toward a graduate degree. You must attend all of Parts I and II to receive credit.
*Tuition reimbursement available after successful completion of workshop for Dubuque and Delaware county teachers thanks to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency; reimbursement available for Linn county teachers thanks to the Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency; reimbursement available for Scott county teachers thanks to the Waste Commission of Scott County; reimbursement available for Clayton, Howard and Winneshiek county teachers plus the Postville School District, thanks to the Winneshiek County Area Solid Waste Agency. Other solid waste agencies may also reimburse tuition.
Questions? Contact Susan Salterberg, instructor.
Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program (DNR SWAP) for their support of this project.