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Green STEM Learning Report Year 2015 by Mary Van Dyke

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This is the year-end 2015 report for my business Green STEM Learning. Growing environmental literacy in Arlington, VA through place-based education. Clients include Jamestown Elementary School PTA and Meridian Homeschool Club.

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Green STEM Learning Report Year 2015 by Mary Van Dyke

  1. 1. Green  STEM  Learning GROWING  ENVIRONMENTAL  EDUCATION REPORT  YEAR  2015 MARY  VAN  DYKE Mary  Van  Dyke
  2. 2. Mary  Van  Dyke Vision   and  Practice
  3. 3. Effective  Networks Green   STEM   Learning Policy Makers Students ParentsStaff Advisory   Committees Mary  Van  Dyke Mary  Van  Dyke
  4. 4. By  the  Numbers 284  Hours  @  Jamestown  Elementary 500+  STUDENTS  SERVED 30+  STAFF   AND  TEACHERS PRE-­‐K  THROUGH  5  GRADE “VISITING  HORTICULTURALIST”   for  PTA § Enhance   Courtyard   and  Grounds § Mentor  Staff  and  Teachers § Facilitate  Outdoor   Learning  Program   § Organize  Green  Apple   Day  of  Service § Advise   5th Grade  Green  Team Mary  Van  Dyke
  5. 5. Seasonal  Integrative  Outdoor  Learning for  Early  Childhood Pre-­‐K Pre-­‐K  SPED MIPA Kindergarten § Seasonal   Explorations § Observe   Cherry   Tree § Plant  Tulips   and  Pansies § Vegetales (in  Spanish) Montessori § Use  All  the  Senses § Make  Your  Own  Sandbox § Put  the  Garden  to  Bed § The  Potato  Project § Vegetables   (in  English) 1st Grade § Three  Sisters   Garden § Shade  Garden § Put  the  Garden  to  Bed § Pillbugs § Soil  and  Compost § Vegetales (in  Spanish) Mary  Van  Dyke
  6. 6. Seasonal  Integrative  Outdoor  Learning for  2nd – 5th Grade 2nd Grade § Bridging  the  Americas  – Birds § Sensory   Garden  – Lavender § Circle  Bed  – Native  Garden 3rd Grade • Monarchs,   Milkweed   and  More • Energy  Carnival • Decomposition 4th Grade § Goods   from  the  Woods § i-­‐Tree  Design  and  Trees 5th Grade § Tree  Community   Health § Plants  and  Bulb  Biology Mary  Van  Dyke
  7. 7. K.   Use  all  the  senses Colors,   shapes,   sizes,   weights Plant/animal   growth  and  life  needs Living  organisms   and  nonliving   objects Shadows,   repeating  patterns,  water  flow Materials  recycled,   reduced,   conserved 1. Weather   and  seasonal   changes Natural  resources   are  limited Motion Sun  as  energy Interactions  in  water Plants  basic  life  needs   and  characteristics Pre-­‐K  to  1st -­‐ Grade  Level  Links Mary  Van  Dyke
  8. 8. 2.   Lifecycles,   Habitats Types/effects   of  seasonal   change  and  weather  on   lifecycles,   Food   webs Plants  as  source  of   oxygen  and  food 3.   Simple   machines Adaptations Land/water  ecosystems Soil,   Water  cycle Energy  sources,   Natural   events,   Human  influence 2nd  to  5th -­‐ Grade  Level  Links 4.   Plant  anatomy Ecosystem   interactions Weather   phenomena Solar  system Virginia  natural  resources Moving   objects 5.   Light  and  sound Cells,   Rock  cycle Organisms,   Fossils Classification Earth’s  surface Ecosystems
  9. 9. Green  Apple  Day   of  Service Build  community Restore  native  plantings at  front  of  school 30+  participants Film  by  Green  Scene Blog  at  Green  STEM  Learning Partners: US  Center  for  Green  Schools Master  Naturalists Plant  NOVA  Natives The  Navigators NativesNativesNOVANOVA Naturally Beautiful! PlantPlant Mary  Van  Dyke
  10. 10. Improve  School  Garden  Infrastructure 3  composters 3  rain  barrels Toolshed Mary  Van  Dyke
  11. 11. Engage  Staff  and  Students  with  Signs  in  Garden  Areas Mary  Van  Dyke
  12. 12. Integrate  Curriculum Map  to  Science  and  Social  Studies  SOLs  with  Science  Lead  Teacher Produce  “Guide  to  Nature  through  the  Seasons”  (in  English  and  Spanish) Tips  on  Outdoor  Learning:  Birds  Bees  and  Butterflies:  Wings  Over  the  Curriculum  to  60  staff Mary  Van  Dyke
  13. 13. By  the  Numbers Wednesdays  @  Meridian  Homeschool 35  STUDENTS  SERVED 5  COURSES PRE-­‐K  THROUGH  6  GRADE TEACH  PLACE-­‐BASED   OUTDOOR  LEARNING Teach  multi-­‐age   groups § 9-­‐week  Spring   Garden  Adventures   (x  2) § 9-­‐week  Fall  Nature  Explorers § 9-­‐week  Fall  Nature  Rangers § Year-­‐long  Earth  Force/Caring   for  our   Watershed  program  (in  process) Mary  Van  Dyke
  14. 14. Curriculum  Goals  for  Meridian 9  -­‐ week  courses Hour-­‐long   outdoor   lessons Story-­‐tell,   crafts,  activities Project-­‐based Place-­‐based   learning Seasonally   appropriate Weather   plans Risk  management Evaluate Engage Explore Explain Elaborate Mary  Van  Dyke Mary  Van  Dyke
  15. 15. Earth  Force/Caring  for  Our  Watershed § Year-­‐long  civic engagement § Ecosystem   and  water  quality  focus   § Art,  drama,  video,   blogs § i-­‐Tree  Design § Enviroscape § Regional  Schools   Environmental Action  Showcase   in  April § Do  community   project  in  May/June Partners Earth  Force Caring  for  Our  Watersheds RiverXchange program Schools   in  NM  and  PA Local  Issues  +  Solutions  =  Think  Global Mary  Van  Dyke
  16. 16. Community  Impact  for  2015 “As  a  fellow  presenter,  your  style  is  much  appreciated   for  being  open,  flexible  and  stimulating!” Emily  Ford,   VA  State  Arboretum, January   2016 Presentation  Highlights § Seeing  Math  Patterns  in  Nature § Learning  in  the  Landscape:   Signs,   Labels  and  Links § Birds,  Bees  and  Butterflies:  Wings   over  the  Curriculum § Weed   Identification   for  Schools SlideShareMary  Van  Dyke
  17. 17. Professional  Development  for  2015 Professional  Development  Highlights § Presented   at  VAST  and  VAEE  Conferences § Longwood   Gardens,   Schoolyard   Gardening   101 § Monarch   Sister  School   Program § Public   Issues   Leadership   Development § Green  Classroom   Professional   Certification § Initiated  APS  School   Garden  Meetups LinkedIn Jessica  Haney
  18. 18. Vision  and  Next  Steps  for  2016 § Improve  integrative  outdoor   science   coordination   for  APS  schools § Enhance   role  at  Jamestown   School   to  be  school-­‐based   Sustainability   and  Outdoor   Learning   Coordinator 2+  days  per  week,  communication   component   1+  day  per  week,   with  view  to  position   as  APS  Environmental   Literacy  Coordinator § Develop   sequential,   standards-­‐linked   integrative  outdoor   learning § Present  at  Green  Schools   Conference,   Pittsburgh,   2016 § Increase  productivity   with  technology   including: iPad  Pro  ($950)  and  iMac  27”  ($1800)   Mary  Van  Dyke,  Green  STEM  Learning

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