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What is eii?

  • A process of teaching and learning
  • Experiential teaching and learning
  • A model of thematic instruction
  • Teaching ecological concepts by integrating disciplines
  • An analysis of issues
  • Responsible environmental action
  • Development of teacher/leaders
  • Aligned with the Iowa Core Standards
  • A great example of the Iowa Core’s Characteristics of Effective Instruction
  • Inquiry based

Current Program Information - 2021-2022

Environmental Issues Instruction (eii) and Upper Iowa University presents:

Nourishing Our Water and Soil Through Sustainable Agriculture

This is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate or graduate level college credit course for all teachers PK-14 and other environmental educators.

Receive two college credits for a total cost of $275. This includes the college credit, food, lodging, and teaching materials. This is made possible by grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), Resources Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program, (REAP-CEP), and Upper Iowa University.

  • The first workshop will be on the Upper Iowa University campus in Fayette on June 22, 23, and 24, 2021.
    • The update session is November 12 and 13, 2021.
  • The second workshop will be held in at the Sleep Inn in Mt. Vernon on February 25, 26, and 27, 2022.
    • The update session will be held April 29 and 30, 2022.

There will be two more workshops at locations throughout Iowa. Check back for locations and dates.

Issue: Should water and soil quality be considered when making decisions regarding land usage?

The Eii model utilizes:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Project-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Framework for K-12 Science Cross-Cutting Concepts
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
  • Iowa Core Characteristics of Effective Instruction
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • The Learning Cycle/5E’s

Thematic Integration of:

  • Environmental Education
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education

Course: EDU 461/561: Environmental Issues Instruction: Nourishing Our Water and Soil Through Sustainable Agriculture

Two hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from Upper Iowa University

Course Expectations:

  • Attend two sessions-initial and update:
  • Modeling of instructional levels
  • Sharing the teaching experience
  • Develop and teach unit between initial and update sessions
  • Give evidence of student action
  • Administer student assessment (pre-post)
  • Prepare written report of experience

Instructional Model:

  • I – Issue Analysis
  • II – Ecological Foundations
  • III – Energy Issues
  • IV – Responsible Environmental Action

Instructional Support:

  • Resource materials for integrating disciplines
  • Provide consultation and materials for action projects
  • E-mail and telephone contacts

Institutional Support:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • REAP-CEP (Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program)
  • Upper Iowa University-Andres School of Education
  • Iowa State University Extension Education
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Izaak Walton League

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    Full Payment ($275)Partial Payment ($150), Remainder at Workshop ($125)

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    Dr. Barbara Ehlers
    Eii
    605 Washington St.
    Fayette, Iowa 52142

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    Granting Agencies

    Supported by grant funding from:

    • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP)
    • Upper Iowa University.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Dr. Barbara Ehlers
    Associate Professor of Education (2010)
    [email protected]
    (563) 425-5322
    B.A., Wartburg College
    M.A., University of Northern Iowa
    Ed. D., University of Northern Iowa

    Previous Themes

    2018-2020

    • Water Connects Us All

    2016-17

    • Food, Farming, and Climate Change

    2015-16

    • Soil: The Earth Beneath Our Feet

    2014-15

    • Energy Systems of the Prairie

    2013-14 

    • Preserving and Protecting Our Water Resources

    2012-13

    • Wildlife of Prairie Roadsides

    2011-12

    • Rain, Runoff, and Rivers: Understanding Watersheds

    Prior Years

    • Tropical Rain Forest
    • Global Climate Change
    • Polar Issues
    • Solid Waste Management
    • Feeding the World
    • Ecological Foundations Enhancement
    • Preserving Biodiversity: Endangered Species
    • Valuing Our Wetlands
    • Urban Wetlands
    • Exploring Climate Change
    • Climate Change: Weather, Climate, and Me
    • Feeding the World in a Changing Climate (REDI)
    • Species Loss in a Changing Climate (TEDI)
    • Biomes in a Changing Climate (TEDI+)
    • Forests in a Changing Climate (TEDI III)
    • Iowa’s Tropical Birds
    • Iowa’s Roadside Prairies
    • Iowa’s Roadside Native Communities: Savanna
    • Iowa’s Roadside Native Communities: Wet Prairies
    • Investigating Iowa Prairies

     

    eii Teaching Model

    Instructional Model:

    • I – Issue Analysis
    • II – Ecological Foundations
    • III – Energy Issues
    • IV – Responsible Environmental Action

    Instructional Support:

    • Resource materials for integrating disciplines
    • Provide consultation and materials for action projects
    • E-mail and telephone contacts

    Institutional Support:

    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • REAP-CEP (Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program)
    • Upper Iowa University-Andres School of Education

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    Meet the Team

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    Dr. Barb Ehlers

    Eii Director
    Associate Professor of Education, Upper Iowa University

    563-425-5322

    Jeff-Monteith

    Jeff Monteith

    Eii Associate Director
    K-12 Extended Learning Program Teacher
    New Hampton Schools, New Hampton, Iowa

    Cathryn-Carney

    Cathryn Carney

    Eii Associate Director
    Education Program Manager - Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

    Kata-McCarville

    Dr. Kata McCarville

    Eii Instructor
    Professor of Geosciences, Upper Iowa University

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    Dr. Paul Skrade

    Eii Instructor
    Professor of Biology, Upper Iowa University