The Way We Live

...and how our choices impact our environment



Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well

WINTER/SPRING 2015 WORKSHOP - New eLearning Opportunity!  100% online!

January 5 –April 29, 2015

Register NOW:  Winter/Spring 2015 eLearning workshop registration information.  Print this page before continuing with your registration. 

Location:  100% Online through UNI Continuing & Distance Education

Audience: Targeted specifically to K-8th grades. Great for nearly all subject areas.

Secondary teachers: Contact instructor before enrolling. Great for 9-12 Language Arts, Social Studies and Environmental Science; adaptation needed for high level math and science.

Credit: One hour of graduate OR undergraduate credit

Fee: $100 tuition & technology fee, but your actual cost at time of payment will be $50, thanks to grant support.*

Bonus: Teachers who extend their learning through a student-driven community project receive a $100 stipend.*

*Stipends and reduced tuition/technology fees are provided through the generous support of the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program.

"Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well" participants in face-to-face workshop

Workshop description: Explore with your K-8 students the products Americans use daily—“the stuff of life.” These products have a life cycle: They are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe—including in Iowa. Study how this “stuff” is a primary source of environmental problems and examine how this relates to life satisfaction. Then, identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges. Course content is real and relevant. Materials introduced are interdisciplinary and classroom-ready and are designed so your students learn essential skills and concepts from the Iowa Core as well as NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.

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This newly revised workshop was called Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R.’ Educators enrolled in the workshop three or more years ago are encouraged to enroll in this updated version.

Requirements: The first five of six modules will be completed from January 5 to February 15.  Course participants will devote approximately 3.5 hours/week for the first 5-1/2 weeks. In each module, the assignment will help participants build a mini-unit.  By mid-February, participants will have designed a mini-unit using at least two new-to-them resources. They will integrate this mini-unit into their existing curriculum. Participants will teach the unit anytime from mid-February through April 25, and share what worked and what didn't. Participants will stay connected with their peers in the course via eLearning technologies, exchanging information, discussing what worked, and what didn’t.

Class is completed by April 29.

Instructors: Susan Salterberg and Carole Yates

Our instructor philosophy: We aim to model effective teaching strategies and introduce concepts and materials with passion, enthusiasm and honesty, challenging you to think critically. We also are committed to providing you with practical, engaging resources to help you pique your students’ curiosity, and to help them learn essential skills.

Contact Susan Salterberg to learn more (, 319-337-4816).

Register NOW:  Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well  100% online  Print this registration page before continuing with your registration.



Offered by: Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa through the Office of Distance and Continuing Education

Supported by: REAP Conservation Education ProgramIowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program, and area landfills and solid waste agencies