Saturday, August 1, 2015

Job Opportunity with Eco-Cycle

Environmental Educator Needed by Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and
Environmental Education Program
Eco-Cycle, administrator of the award-winning Boulder County School Recycling and Environmental Education Program, is seeking an environmental educator for presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics in K-12th grade classrooms. (A full description of the program is available on Eco-Cycle’s website at The currently available opening is for a full time educator, with benefits. Send resume and cover letter by August 21st to: Eco-Cycle School Program, PO Box 19006, Boulder, CO 80308 or via e-mail to
Job Responsibilities -
1.      presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics for K-12th grade students using classroom, field  trip and assembly formats
            2.  assist with:
                a. phone surveys, web research and mailings
                b. preparation of fliers, reports, letters, etc.
                c. monitoring school progress in collection of recyclables and compostables
                d. tabling, lunchroom monitoring and other outreach for Green Star (Zero Waste) Schools 
                 e. other special projects
            3.  miscellaneous duties such as purchasing supplies, delivering materials to schools,                                             maintenance and cleaning of program equipment
            4.  help sort and deliver books for the Children’s Used Book Project
Qualifications -
            1.  dedication to environmental work
            2.  experience teaching in a classroom setting
            3.  love of working with children, including a wide range of ages
            4.  writing and computer skills
            5.  ability to organize time well and be flexible with changing tasks
            6.  reliable vehicle to provide own transport to schools (mileage paid)
            7.  enjoy wearing costumes, including an elf and a superhero
Working Conditions and Benefits -
1.       full-time position with full benefits
2.       leave without pay, June through August, annually
3.       mileage reimbursement for use of own car
4.       all program preparation and driving time is included as part of paid hours
5.       job requires lifting loads up to 50 pounds, carrying materials up and down stairs, transferring materials in and out of a car or other vehicle

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

General Public Course on GIS

Greetings GIS Colorado Community!

Looking for a fun and easy way to introduce your friends, family, and co-workers to the wonders of GIS?  Route them to my upcoming “Maps Still Matter” course offered through the University of Denver’s Enrichment Program.  The full course description and link to register is here.
Offered over 3 evenings in September 2015.  This is a face-to-face course with lots of lively hands-on demos and discussion.
To learn more, see this video. 
Note that this course is for the general public  - it is designed to get people excited about spatial analysis and spatial thinking in a fun and interesting way.  Think of it as a “low carb, gluten free” way of introducing folks to the field that we all love!
Joseph Kerski

Thursday, July 23, 2015

History Colorado Teacher Workshop Opportunities now through October

Take a look at upcoming Teacher Workshops and other learning opportunities from History Colorado here!  See scheduled events starting today until late October.  Opportunities include History Day Teacher Workshop, Four Corners Region National History Day Teacher Workshop, Integrating the Social Studies Across Colorado History, and more!

Project Learning Tree is looking for pilot testers for 3-8th grade activities

National PLT is looking for pilot testers for new 3-5  and 6-8th grade activities…..Apply before July 31st
New Online Units – Seeking Classroom Teachers for Pilot Testing
National PLT is looking for classroom teachers to pilot test PLT’s two new online units. Grades 6-8 Grades 3-5 “Energy in Ecosystems.”
  • Classroom teachers interested in participating in this formative evaluation should complete a brief pilot test application form at by July 31.

Teachers will be asked to test the lesson content with their students this Fall, as well as provide feedback on the online navigation and website design. National PLT will confirm teacher participation in August, before the onset of the school year. Classroom teachers of Grades 3-8 will be given priority, and stipends will be available. Please promote this opportunity to your networks, and contact Jackie ( with any questions or concerns. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Opportunity to Contribute to Green Teacher

Call for Proposals – Place-based Education issue  

Contribute to a special issue of Green Teacher on Place-based Education!
What inspires teachers to take students out of the classroom to learn? What are the challenges? What are the rewards?
Scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2016, this special issue of Green Teacher will address the particular rewards and challenges teachers encounter while learning with their students outside of the classroom. Articles will encompass how educators (classroom teachers and non-formal educators) orchestrate place-based learning worldwide. We welcome contributions about the history of this practice, inspirational tales, how students meet standards, logistics of learning outdoors, and so on.
Teachers, students, and providers of professional development are invited to send in a proposal. Send outline of proposed article to: Amy Demarest at

Deadline for submitting outlines: August 1, 2015.   (For more general information about contributing to Green Teacher, (click here.)
Guest editor: Amy Demarest, (Our Curriculum Matters) author of Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations and GT 106 cover story Reading the World, Not Just the Words.

The Spring Issue is Here
Although the blooms of spring have passed, we hope the following news about Green Teacher’s Spring issue will nonetheless be of interest.  The Spring issue showcases engaging articles on a wide variety of fascinating topics. From bees to caves to youth farm projects and using photography as an educational tool, our Spring Issue has something to offer all teachers and non-formal educators. .

As with all issues of our non-profit magazine, two of the articles are fully and freely available to non-subscribers.  And everyone can read the first few paragraphs of each article, to help decide whether they might want to purchase the issue or take out a subscription. And it is worth noting that we’ve dramatically expanded the benefits of subscribing:  all subscribers have full access to over 50 webinars and 300 articles and activities from past issues, that have been catalogued according to topic and age levels. . 
You can preview the issue here, or peruse the table of contents below, find links to the free articles – and glean details of Greening School Grounds, our newest ebook.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Project Learning Tree Upcoming Workshops

As much as we hate to admit it, the start of the new school is rapidly approaching.  Are you still looking for a meaningful professional development experience to refresh and renew your teaching? Our resources are standards-based and promote 21st century skills; use environmental education to renew and energize your teaching toolbox!

On August 8 at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, Colorado Project Learning Tree will offer a workshop for k-8 teachers focusing on resources to teach about energy. In addition to learning PLT activities to teach such topics as renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, sustainability, and conservation, participants will be introduced to PLT's Service Learning investigations GreenSchools! and the Energy & Society kit that integrates learning with music and dance. PLT-trained teachers and first-timers alike are invited to this day of multi-disciplinary, student-centered investigations all about energy!

Visit out website at for registration information.   Please free to email or call us for more information!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

GOCO Inspire Workshops

Great Outdoors Colorado is hosting a series of workshops throughout the state on the New Inspire Initiative, a five-year strategy aimed at inspiring Coloradans, particularly kids, to appreciate, enjoy and take care of our great outdoors. GOCO will be investing in 5 pilot communities (and an additional 10 in following years) to invest in a community process to develop outdoor places and programming taking youth and families from the back yard to the back country.  Attached is a list of community workshops hosted by GOCO that overview the Inspire Initiative and the application process, as well as allow for networking time among coalitions.  Networking time will allow for you to network with coalitions and think about how your individual organizations can get involved in collaborative proposals.

Click on this link to find our more about the initiative or visit the website.