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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)

The Department of Environmental Quality, with funding from the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI), will produce a series of five science-based middle school environmental education curriculum units to increase students’ knowledge of science principles associated with the environment.


A series of grants for the development of the five units has been awarded to:

  • Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education will develop three curriculum units: Ecosystems - Pam Schmidt plschmid@mtu.edu; Water Quality - Joan Schumaker-Chadde jchadde@mtu.edu; Energy & Resources - Heather Luoto hluoto@skyenet.net.
  • Western Michigan University will develop a curriculum unit on Individuals’ Impact on the Land (Dr. Joe Stoltman (joseph.stoltman@wmich.edu) and Dr. Lisa DeChano (geoquack@hotmail.com).
  • Grand Valley State University Water Resources Institute will develop a curriculum on
    Air Quality (Dr. Janet Vail (vailj@gvsu.edu).
  • Dr. Mike Libbee at Central Michigan University is the overall project coordinator, including statewide training of curriculum trainers and at least 3,000 teachers.
  • Dr. Mark Jenness at SAMPI, Western Michigan University, is conducting the project evaluation.
For more information on the curriculum project, contact Tom Occhipinti (MDEQ) at (517) 373-2379.

Curriculum Development Process
5-8 core lessons will be developed for each unit topic. These lessons should form the foundation for understanding the essential concepts related to each topic and relate directly to Michigan. The themes of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, and cooperative problem-solving will be woven into each curriculum unit.

Expert Content Review, Field Review and Teacher Field-Testing of Each Unit
Expert content review, field review, and teacher field-testing of each unit will be conducted by Central Michigan University (Dr. Michael Libbee) from October 2004 through January 2005. Three training workshops for teacher field-testers took place in summer 2004:

  • Upper Peninsula (rural) - July 27-28
  • Kalamazoo area (suburban) - August 2-3
  • Detroit (urban) - August 4-5

    The curriculum units will be printed in summer 2005. Approximately 1000 copies of each unit will be printed and distributed throughout the State of Michigan.

    Teacher Professional Development & Statewide Dissemination
    Approximately 3,000 teachers will be trained statewide through a ‘train the trainer’ format. Math/ Science Center staff and others will be trained in the use of the five curriculum units at two 5-day workshops: August 1-5, 2005 at Central Michigan and August 15-19, 2005 at Macomb ISD. These trainers will then train teachers in their local areas. Those interested in participating in the teacher training should contact Mike Libbee Michael.Libbee@cmich.edu or Tom Occhipinti OCCHIPIT@michigan.gov .

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