Thursday, July 17, 2008

Educators get together for green summit

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Staff writer

Educators from around the state got a jump start on the next school year last week at a forum on environmental education that had them discussing the theory and practice of increasing youngsters’ ecological awareness.

The Schoolyard Habitat and Green School Summit, held June 18 at Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown, brought teachers and others together to share strategies for making nature come alive to students.

At one ‘‘roundtable discussion” representatives from schools and environmental education groups traded tips while enjoying the shade of a couple of cedar trees on the park’s front lawn.

The moderator, Steve Heacock of the Carroll County Outdoor School, gave participants advice on keeping their programs open during a time of budget cuts and the ‘‘institutional anxiety — maybe institutional psychosis, institutional insanity” about standardized tests and other new graduation requirements.

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