UPPER MIDWEST GREEN SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

(Updated October 1, 2009)

Dates:      October 16 - 17, 2009
( Friday Afternoon Pre-Conference & Saturday Conference )
Site:         Ashland, Wisconsin  --  Northland College  --  http://www.northland.edu

Registration Form  --  Scroll to Bottom of Page

Conference Purposes and Objectives
a.  Facilitate communications among conference participants about critical environmental issues, schooling for sustainability and students connecting with their natural surroundings in ways essential to sustainable living.            
b.  Engage participants in conversations about future forces affecting education and rethinking the ways public education can better serve its role in the development of a sustainable society.
c.  Promote education for sustainable living and environmental stewardship that helps young people to gain the knowledge, skills, insights and motivation to contribute in making the world a better place for everyone and everything.
d.  Share information and suggestions on planning, implementing and operating high-quality charter schools with environment-focused educational programs, green practices, and student project-based learning.
e.  Explore ideas about how colleges and universities can best train future educators who are interested in teaching in innovative green schools with environmentally focused project-based curriculums, high-tech tools for anywhere and anytime learning, and school-site autonomy and contractual (i.e. charter) accountability for student learning outcomes.

Participants
The conference will be attended by educators, students and parents, environmentalists, school officials, university professors and students, charter school people, community members, public policy leaders, researchers, and others.   

Pre-Conference Options  (Friday Afternoon, October 16)
Each Pre-Conference Session begins at 1:30pm  --  Register in Advance ( $10 per person ) 
Indicate one of the Pre-Conference sessions on your registration form.

a.    A PLACE WHERE WE HELP EACH OTHER  --  http://www.waadookodaading.org
Meet with Monica White & Keller Paap at Waadookodaading Charter School, Hayward, WI

b.    FISHERIES FIELD SAMPLING FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL MATHEMATICS COURSE
Meet with Professor Derek Ogle at Nothland College’s Ponzio Center

c.    APOSTLE ISLANDS National Lakeshore & Gaylord Nelson Wilderness
Meet at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center  --  http://www.northerngreatlakescenter.org

d.    MERCER ENVIRONMENTAL TOURISM CHARTER SCHOOL (METCS)
Meet with Kay Krans at METCS in Mercer  --  http://www.mercer.k12.wi.us/?page_id=223

e.    GREAT LAKES PLACE-BASED EDUCATION WORKSHOP
Meet at Northland College’s Ponzio Center with Professor Grant Herman

f.    ADOPT-A-BEACH TRAINING and Wisconsin Great Lakes Education Clearinghouse Workshop.        
Meet with Todd Brennan, Alliance for the Great Lakes, at Northland College’s Ponzio Center    

Friday Afternoon (4:00pm to 6:30pm
EarlyBirds Check-In, Welcome / Refreshments, Meet, Greet & Off to Eat
Site:  Northland College,  Craig A. Ponzio Campus Center

               
Conference Program & Schedule (Saturday, Oct. 17)
Site:  Craig A. Ponzio Campus Center

8:00am  to 9:00am   --    Check-In, Coffee/Rolls, Meet & Greet

9:00am to 10:00am  --     Plenary Session
Welcome:  Jim Peterson, President, Northland College                                                     
Connections Human and Natural: What Does It Mean to Be an Educated Person?
William Cronon, Professor of History, Geography & Environmental Studies,  UW-Madison

10:15am to 11:45am  --   Open Discussion Forums

Great Lakes Environmental Issues & Eco-Education   
Facilitators:  Professors Tony Kern & Mike Gardner, Biology, Northland College; & Todd Brennan, Wisconsin Outreach Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes; & Hilary Carroll, Grasstops Program Director, State Environmental Leadership Program

An EdVisionary Approach to Learning in Project-Based Green Schools
Facilitators:  Steve DeMay; Educator, Valley New School; Victoria Rydberg, Educator, River Crossing Charter School; Aaron Grimm, Director of Development, EdVisions Schools; & Barry Golden, Charter Schools Consultant, WI DPI   

Exploring Relationships Between Humans and the Natural World
Facilitators:  Alan Brew, Associate Professor, Northland College;  Katie Kleese, Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods; & Stefan Anderson, Headmaster, Conserve School

Thinking Like a Mountain –  Connecting Learning to Place
Facilitators:  James Lewicki, Placed-Based Learning Consultant;  Monica White, Director & Keller Paap, Educator, Waadookodaading Charter School;  Brittany Roberts, Northland College Student; Grant Herman, Experiential Outreach Educator, Northland College

12:00pm      --     Lunch & General Session
12:45pm      --     Equipping Future Educators for Student-Centric, Project-Based Green Schools
Rick Fairbanks, Provost, Northland College
Revitalizing Public Education – Let Teachers Lead the Learning
Joe Graba, Founding Partner, Education / Evolving;  Dean Emeritus of Hamline
University’s Graduate School of Education

2:00pm to 3:15pm  --  Concurrent Discussion Sessions

Teaching & Learning in Green Charter Schools   
Facilitators:  Marisa Gressler, Educator at Fox River Academy;  Paul Tweed, Founder & Educator, Wildlands Charter School; Cheryl Schnell, Founder & Educator, Island City Research Academy; & Katie Kleese, Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods   

New Pathways in Training & Licensing Educators for Project-Based Schools
Facilitators:  Annette Nelson, Chairperson, Education Dept., Northland College;  Beth Mercer-Taylor, Coordinator, Sustainability Studies Minor, University of Minnesota (invited); James Lewicki, Place-Based Education Consultant

Securing Funds to Support Green School Planning & Start-Up
Facilitators:  Barry Golden, Charter School Consultant, WI DPI; Victoria Rydberg, Educator, River Crossing Charter School

Promoting Sustainable Communities & Schooling for Sustainability  --
Facilitators:  Irene Blakely, President & Steve Sandstrom, Past-President, Alliance for Sustainability; Kristine Moffett, Michigan Green Schools; Pamela Todd, Author of “The Blind Faith Hotel” (2009 Winner of Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Books).  Forrest Funmaker, Education Director, Ho-Chunk Tribe

3:15pm   --  Second Nature Gathering  -- Refreshments & Concluding Conversations                                                    

SUNDAY MORNING   
Join new friends on Sunday morning for an enjoyable walking tour to view green places / projects on the Northland College Campus.   Meet at 9:00am at Craig A. Ponzio Campus Center.

Conference Co-Sponsors 
Northland College  --  http://www.northland.edu
Green Charter Schools Network – http://www.greencharterschools.org
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction  --  http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/csindex.html
Audubon Center of the Northwoods  --   http://www.audubon-center.org
Wisconsin Charter Schools Association  --  http://www.wicharterschools.org 
EdVisions Schools --  http://www.edvisionsschools.org
Wisconsin Network of Project-Based Charter Schools
Alliance for Sustainability ---  http://www.allianceforsustainability.org
Wisconsin Indian Education Association --  http://www.wiea.org
Michigan Green Schools  --  http://michigangreenschools.org
Minnesota Association of Charter Schools  --  http://www.mncharterschools.org
Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter  --  http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org/About/about.asp
Michigan Association of Public School Academies --  http://www.charterschools.org 
Education / Evolving  --  http://www.educationevolving.org 
Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability Education  --  http://www.mrcse.org

Registration Rates
Registration fee for the conference only on Saturday (10/17/09) is $ 65.00 (per person) 
Pre-Conference Registration fee for a pre-conference event on Friday is $10.00 (per person)
Student registration fee is $20 (covers both pre-conference & conference).
Northland College student registration (free)

REGISTRATION
Upper Midwest Green Schools Conference

ONLINE REGISTRATION --   https://www.northland.edu/register/index.php?id=46
Please use the secure online form, linked above, to register through Northland College for the conference.  If you need assistance to complete the form or if you have any questions, contact Grant Herman via email at gherman@northland.edu or by phone at 715-682-1332 at the College’s Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute  --  http://www.northland.edu/sigurd-olson-environmental-institute-overview.htm

MAIL REGISTRATION  --  Complete and mail the form below, along with a check payable to Northland College to:  Green Schools Conference, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, WI   54806-3999 .

 

MAIL REGISTRATION FORM
Upper Midwest Green Schools Conference

Complete and mail this form, along with check payable to Northland College, to: Green Schools Conference, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, WI  54806-3999.  

 

Your Name:   ___________________________________________________

Address:        ____________________________________________________

City, State & ZIP:   _______________________________________________

Email:    ________________________________________________________

Day Phone:  _____________________________________________________

Cell Phone:  _____________________________________________________

School / Organization:  _____________________________________________

Address:     _______________________________________________________

City, State & Zip:   _________________________________________________

I require special assistance during the conference to fully participate.  I will need (please explain below):

I would like to register for:
Pre-Conference Session on Friday Afternoon (10/16)   ………………….  $10.00 per person
Check One Below:
____   a.   A Place Where We Help Each Other
____   b.   Great Lakes Fishery Issues
____   c.   Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
____   d.   Environmental Policy in Great Lakes Region

Conference on Saturday (10/17)   ………………………………………     $65.00 per person

TOTAL   ……………………………………..     $ ______________            

Student Rate:  Secondary School or College / University Student Only
$20.00 per student for pre-conference and conference. 

Please make check payable to Northland College and mail to:  Green Schools Conference,
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI  54806-3999