Educators from Across State Attend to Refine Skills
The Allegany County Public School System recently hosted the 2012 Environmental Literacy Summit at Rocky Gap August 5-9, 2012. The summit was an opportunity for educators from across the state to gather to refine their skills as instructional leaders charged with the development, revision and implementation of pre-k through grade twelve environmental literacy programs.
The summit’s goal this year was to establish regional environmental literacy liaisons to facilitate continued communication and collaboration among local education agencies and between providers and these agencies as well as supply support as needed to help ensure effective implementation of school system Environmental Literacy plans.
This year’s Environmental Literacy Summit featured conference-style sessions facilitated by presenters from pre-k through grade twenty educational, state and federal agencies and other environmental organizations.
Presenters during Monday’s sessions were as follows: Karen Fedor, MDA; Elaine Raesley, Janice Keene, Evergreen Heritage Center; J. Allen Frederick, Jackie Takas, Maryland Sea Grant; Dana McCauley, principal of Crelin Elementary School; Dr. Tommi Piercy, author of AASA/Leadership and Learning Center CCPS through 2011; Dr. William Piercy, author Leadership and Learning Center CCPS; Pat Chingher, George Newberry, Baltimore County Public Schools; Crystal McCann, Elena Brode, Maryland DNR New Germany State Park; Valerie Johnson, MSDE; Laura Collard, Director of MAEOE; Britt Slattery, DNR; Sara Campbell, Alice Ferguson Foundation; Stephanie Jackson-Hinton, Forest Heights Elementary School; Stella Sellner, Richard Lacouture, Morgan State University; Sandy Olek, Justin Bowers, DNR; Stacy Epperson, Cindy Etgen, DNR; Donna Miller, CCPS; Karina Hirschhorn, Cedar Grove Elementary School; Karen McDonald, SERC; Elena Takaki, National Geographic.
Presenters during Tuesday’s sessions were as follows: Carrie Samis, Amanda Markos, Maryland Coastal Bays Program; Jessica Conley, Angela Baldwin, Maryland Park Service; Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Trust; Pat Robeson, Sari Bennett, Maryland Geographic Alliance; Mary Hoy, Carroll County Outdoor School; Katrina Fauss, Alice Ferguson Foundation; Katy Barger, Maryland Park Service; Don Baugh, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Joe Johnson, Margarita Rochow, Kevin Wright, St. Mary’s County; Joanne Schmader, MAEOE; Matt Isleib, Urbana Middle School; Christine Isleib, Lucy School; Marcus Griswold, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Cassie Doty, ALESE; Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology at Garrett College.
Presenters during Wednesday’s sessions were as follows: Stephen Barry, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center and AACPS; Charlotte Rich, Annapolis Maritime Museum; Marcie Taylor-Thoma, Ph.D., MSDE; Dr. Wansoo Im, GIS Vertices, LLC; Karen Kelly Mullin, US Fish and Wildlife Services; Hollie Lynch, National Park Service and C&O Canal National Historical Park; Brad Yohe, CCPS; Ashley Traut, Blue Water Baltimore; Bart Merrick, NOAA; Mike Lewis, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Regional III Youth Centers; LeeAnn Hutchinson, MSDE; Shannon Sprauge, NOAA; Lisa Gonzalez, Heather Buritsch, University of Maryland Extension; Peter Conrad, David Cotton, Maryland Department of Planning; Dr. Andrew Elmore, UMCES.
Additionally, the Allegany County Public Schools’ Environmental Literacy Team consisted of Doug Baker, Mountain Ridge High School; John Howard, Fort Hill High School; Sandy Baluch, Mt. Savage School; Terry DeHaven, Jefferson School; Janice Waugaman, Northeast Elementary School; Carol Garner, Career Center; Mick Brukett, Bishop Walsh School. Carol Garner also served as the team’s leader and the Region I Liaison.
Regional meetings across Maryland will be held in the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2013 as a follow-up to this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit. The summit was funded through a math-science partnership grant from the Maryland State Department of Education.