WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Grants, Employment Opportunities, & Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


UPCOMING EVENTS:

NSTA New Orleans Area Conference (November 10-12)
Join the NSTA 2011 New Orleans Area Conference on Science Education where the history is as colorful as the local architecture. The conference headquarters hotel is the New Orleans Marriott. Conference registration and some sessions will be at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, as will the exhibits and the NSTA Science Bookstore. Additional sessions and events will be held at the Marriott. http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011new/?lid=tnav


GRANTS:

Great Opportunity for K-12 Public School Math and Science Teachers! (Deadline: September 16)
Looking for a way to purchase math and science classroom materials? The QSM program administered by the Gordon Cain STEM Center at LSU (http://www.cain.lsu.edu) has approximately $162,000 in funds to award grants to eligible classroom teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Grants of up to $750 each for approved materials and equipment are awarded on a competitive basis to individual classroom teachers to use in providing standards-based instruction to help meet state accountability goals. Applicants must show that their proposals will enhance the quality of instruction for regular education students who are enrolled in mathematics or science classes. Only full-time classroom teachers assigned to teach mathematics or science in the K-12 regular education program in public schools are eligible to submit proposals. Go to http://www.seasystem.net/cgi-bin/qsm for the full guidelines and regulations.

The North Face Explore Fund (Deadline: October 5)
The Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front and backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal and environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500. For more information: www.outdoornation.org/grants

Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (Deadline: October 13)
The Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program supports efforts to understand and address gender-based differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce participation through research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce.
Diffusion of Research-based Innovation Proposals Program Guidelines: NSF 10-516
For more information, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5475&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program (Deadline: October 14)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office URL: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/grants/B-Wet.htm. Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2011 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details. The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.

National Park Service Outdoor Nation Grants (Deadline: October 14)
The Outdoor Nation Grants opportunity is awarding $2,500 to bring innovative ideas to life. This grant is designed to allow youth to tackle some of the many challenges facing young people today, from a population’s disconnect with the outdoors to a community’s overall declining health. These community based, youth led initiatives will leverage existing programs and resources including the National Park Service. For more information: www.outdoornation.org/grants


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

PolarTREC Now Accepting Applications for 2012 (Deadline: September 30)
PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 2-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to advance polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together through hands-on field experiences. Most costs associated with participation in the program are covered. This includes travel, lodging, food, essential field gear, and substitute costs, if needed. Whether you are interested in a teacher research experience, building new professional networks, or enriching your classroom content—PolarTREC has something for every educator! For more information: http://www.polartrec.com/teachers/applications/2012


RESOURCES:

Current Event! For information pertaining to the very significant drought and related wildfires in our area of the United States, visit:
Texas Agrilife Extension Service – Click on “Wildlife Resources” and “Drought Information” for excellent information on causes of, preparation, latest maps, etc.: http://texashelp.tamu.edu/disaster-information-main.php
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry – Daily fire weather probability map, current burn ban map: http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/portal/Offices/Forestry/ForestProtection/tabid/135/Default.aspx
Texas Forest Service – map of active fires with pertinent statistics: http://ticc.tamu.edu/Response/FireActivity/

Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook
This publication from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides an introduction and overview for education planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate change and climate change education, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as some broad political and economic principals. For more information: www.unesco.org/new

Toolkit for Teachers to Facilitate an Air Quality Workshop
This Toolkit is designed for anyone who would like to conduct an air quality workshop for teachers. The goal of the workshop is for K-12 teachers to gain a better understanding of air quality and air pollution issues, experience hands-on activities, and gain insight into topics such as global warming and climate change, calculating a carbon footprint, and the health effects of air pollution. The knowledge gained will support the teacher’s classroom instruction and in turn will motivate and increase student’s interest in air quality. For more information: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=learning.workshop_for_teachers


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec