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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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Bi-Partisanship Hits Capitol Hill – Thanks to Environmental Education!

7/14/2011 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

  Today the bi-partisan No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) (S.1372 and H.R. 2547) was introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD).  The NCLI Act will provide states with incentives to create environmental […] Read more >

Eco-Schools USA Eco-Code Excellence Challenge

6/13/2011 // By Jennifer Murck

Step seven of the Eco-Schools USA program asks schools to create their own Eco-Code. This code is a mission statement for the school that demonstrates, in a clear and imaginative way, the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. Recently […] Read more >

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Thousands Attend Green Schools Summit

6/9/2011 // By Kim Martinez

Thousands of Maryland students attended the “Green Schools Summit” at Sandy Point State Park on Friday. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the water as they investigated over 50 learning stations, environmental campaign workshops, and a […] 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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Challenging Coal Curricula That Keep Children in the Dark

5/12/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

A newly-released school lesson plan series on energy tells children about the advantages of coal-burning for electricity but offers our kids an industry-biased view and, sadly, omits some of the most critical parts of the story. UPDATE! On May 16, […] Read more >

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Gearing up for Ann Arbor’s 3rd Annual Great American Backyard Campout

5/3/2011 // By Beth Wallace

As a child, spending most summer nights and weekends outside, camping with family and friends, was the thing to do. Our family would often take a weekend trip to Northern Michigan so we could camp along the shores of the […] Read more >

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Kick ‘em Out! Be Out There Playing!

4/26/2011 // By Kim Martinez

Where Did You Go? Out. Last week my boss handed me an article written about Robert Paul Smith’s Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing., a best seller in 1957 and now reissued in response to the […] Read more >

Green Ribbon Schools announced by Dept of Education

Green Ribbon Schools: The Win-Win Scenario our Students Need!

4/26/2011 // By Jenna Peters

Written by: Danielle Moodie-Mills and Jenna Peters The U.S. Department of Education announced today the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools that have taken great strides in greening their curricula, buildings, school grounds and overall […] Read more >

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Celebrate Birds and Poetry This Spring

4/25/2011 // By Mary Quattlebaum

April brings backyard birds and National Poetry Month! Your family can celebrate with a delightful rhyming picture book, Bring on the Birds Read more >