Project Learning Tree Training Workshop to be February 19, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 11.57.39 AMA Project Learning Tree (PLT) training workshop will be held at Governors State University on February 19, 2018 from 8:30am-12:00pm in the Literacy Zone. This is hosted by the Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.  Project Learning Tree is the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Illinois by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. Elementary & Early Childhood Educators & Teacher Candidates (undergraduate and graduate students) are invited to attend this hands-on workshop investigating environmental topics through indoor and outdoor activities. Educators will learn to integrate environmental education, literature, math and social sciences into an existing curriculum with nature as the medium.

Dr. Colleen Sexton (Associate Provost) is the trainer for this workshop. She was a National PLT Educator and an Ohio PLT Educator. The cost for this workshop is $22 per person, which includes materials, an activity guide, resources, training, certification, and a snack. Seats are limited and will be first filled by members of the Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi. To RSVP for this workshop, please contact Dr. Colleen Sexton (csexton@govst.edu) or Michelle Westergaard (mwestergaard@student.govst.edu).

Disaster Relief Project (NEA Grant)

Collection: January 29 thru February 21

Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27

Story written by Jessica Dunahoo 1.7.18

Houston

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University will be organizing a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event will benefit residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. Thousands of people lost everything including: their homes, clothing, books, and basic school supplies. This project and grant focuses on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families.  SEA at GSU will be collaborating with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.

The first goal of the event is to ameliorate the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS).  The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. Money received from the grant will be used to purchase paint, trees, shrubs, and picnic tables. Teachers at SHHS and students in the SEA at San Jacinto College, as well as other people in the community, will spend a day in February installing the picnic tables, planting trees, and painting the outside wall in order to create at least one beautiful area at the school that students, teachers, and the community can enjoy.

The second goal of the disaster relief project is to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The donation drive for this event will take place between January 29 and February 21, 2018.  Items for this project will can be dropped off at the SEA office (G228) or in one of the donation boxes in G building, 2nd floor until February 21st. The culminating event of this project will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. At this time, SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers will work together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas.

Donations: we are accepting only certain items that are listed on the flyer (please do not drop off other stuff). We are also accepting cash donations to purchase paint, trees, and shrubs.

For more information, please visit the SEA at GSU website and social media.  If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the student officers or faculty advisors organizing this project.

Student leaders: Jessica White (jwhite7@student.govst.edu), Reyna Hernandez (rhernandez7@student.govst.edu)

Faculty advisors: Dr. Katy Hisrich (khisrich@govst.edu), Dr. Xiaobo She (xshe@govst.edu), Dr. Amy Vujaklija (avujaklija@govst.edu)

Education for Sustainability: Monday November 6, 3:00-5:00

SustainableFutureStory written by: Jessica Dunahoo

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governors State University are organizing a political action event, Education for Sustainability, on Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm in the E-lounge. This event will include guest speakers on homelessness, domestic violence, long-term illness and disasters. The speakers will focus on children and families who are having personal difficulties or are in traumatic situations and discuss how these circumstances affect their learning, health, and well-being.  Additionally, they will provide strategies for educators, social workers, and psychologists on working with these populations. This is extremely beneficial to future and current teachers and psychologists, who will be equipped with new knowledge and ways of thinking which are necessary to improve our community. Michelle Westergaard and Brianna Fabsits, student leaders of SEA and KDP, are planning and organizing this event with the assistance of Dr. Megan McCaffrey and Dr. Marlon Cummings, faculty advisors for the SEA and KDP.

houseHomelessness

According to Covenant House, 194,716 people were homeless in 61,265 families with children, representing 35 percent of the total homeless population in 2016.

heartLong-Term Illness

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3.2% of children aged 5-11 have missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness/injury.

crossNatural Disasters

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that children experience more mental stress from disasters as a result from feeling less of a sense of control.

domesticviolenceDomestic violence

According to the Domestic Violence Roundtable, 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

To RSVP, contact Michelle Westergaard, mwestergaard@student.govst.edu.

For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits, bfabsits@student.govst.edu.

Link

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Want to learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will “transform our world?”  The United Nations has lots of information and resources on this.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ 

#education #KDP #Environment #SEAatGSU

Sustainable Development Goals ~United Nations

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Want to learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will “transform our world?”  The United Nations has lots of information and resources on this.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/