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Experiential Education and the SENCER Approach  


5 Hours of Professional Development
3 Hours Face-to-Face, 2 hours post workshop

Facilitated by  Mike Matthews and Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) Staff

Experiential, or “hands-on”, learning is learning through experience.  This time-tested approach accommodates various learning styles with proven efficacy.  This workshop focuses on strategies that allow the incorporation of experiential sustainability learning into the STEM classroom.  In particular, we will focus on the approach promulgated by Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER), a nation-wide program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement, which offers tools and strategies for successfully incorporating civic engagement into STEM curricula, as well as assessment tools and more.   This is an exciting opportunity to learn how to make your STEM class more meaningful and relevant, while addressing the major issue of our time: sustainability. 

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Earth Ethics Institute, Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, and the STEM OASIS grant program.  You will learn about the SENCER approach, the many resources SENCER has to offer, as well as the importance of civic engagement and experiential learning in higher education. 

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

-Apply experiential learning approaches in the STEM classroom.
-Demonstrate how to integrate civic engagement into the STEM classroom.
-Explain how civic engagement may be used in sustainability education.
-Use the SENCER approach and ideals as well as the resources SENCER offers.
-Create a lesson plan that incorporates experiential learning and the SENCER approach as applied to a sustainability issue.

Workshop evaluation: 
Evaluation will include completion of workshop and development of a discipline-specific lesson plan that incorporates the SENCER guidelines and ideals as applied to sustainability. The lesson plan is due to the Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop.

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