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Jennifer, a former science educator, is the manager of STEM education for NWF's Eco-Schools USA program. She engages teachers and students by weaving sustainable practices into the school experience including grounds, facilities, and curricula. Utilizing best practice in science education, Jennifer strives to stop the leaking STEM pipeline and promote STEM careers for the youth of today.
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Mentor, Mentee: Who’s helping who?

10/20/2014 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The role mentors play in the lives of students is invaluable and can often lead to extraordinary experiences, both for the mentor and the mentees. This couldn’t be more evident than for mentor, Michelle Hipps-Cruz of Overland Partners and mentees, students of Lamar Elementary School as a part of our Eco-Schools USA program. Read more >

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Green STEM: An Educational Collision of Epic Proportion

4/17/2013 // By Jennifer Hammonds

  Our climate is changing at an alarming rate, and as a nation our young people are not prepared to provide the solutions necessary to mitigate and safeguard our world’s biodiversity, growing population, agricultural and transit systems and more.  In […] Read more >

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Helping Students Cope with Hurricane Sandy

11/7/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

Superstorm Sandy, the clash of the first Nor’easter of the winter season and Hurricane Sandy, a final tropical storm of the hurricane season, wrecked havoc along the east coast, especially the northeastern states. As adults in communities, governments, and civic and […] Read more >

Changing the Way Our Children Eat at School

10/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

  According to the American Heart Association 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the […] Read more >

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Green Schools National Conference Draws Student Participation in Colorado

3/8/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The Greens Schools National Network’s (GSNN) mission is to advance the National Green and Healthy Schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations. What better place to do that than in beautiful […] Read more >

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Green Schools Trend on Display in Texas

2/1/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The green schools movement is now a bona fide national trend. Case in point: the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) voted to include environmental education provisions in an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act […] Read more >

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An Unsafe School Environment Can Affect Students’ Health and Academic Performance

1/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

In my years as a classroom teacher, I noticed an increase in the number of students who missed school due to respiratory problems. Why the increase? Was it the school itself?  I wondered what secrets the building held. Considering that […] Read more >

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Going to the Mattresses with the Texas Drought

9/6/2011 // By Jennifer Hammonds

After almost 70 days of 100 degree temperatures in North Texas (we still have a chance throughout September to reach those high marks yet again) it’s time for me and the family to go to the mattresses!  Texas drought you better […] Read more >

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New Framework to Guide K-12 Science Education Calls for Shift in the Way Science is Taught in U.S.

7/28/2011 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The new Framework for K-12 Science Standards recently introduced by Dr. Helen Quinn, theoretical physicist at Stanford University and Chair woman for the National Research Council, was not only highly anticipated, but a breath of fresh air. Written 15 years […] Read more >

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Eco-Schools: A Tale of Three Countries

6/6/2011 // By Jennifer Hammonds

    The global dimensions pathway guides students to make connections to the global community, to learn about and respect the cultures and environmental issues facing countries around the world.  It is so easy for those of us in the […] Read more >

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