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  1. Jedda Foreman
  2. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  3. Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California Berkeley
  1. Kevin Beals
  2. Director
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  4. Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California Berkeley, Beetles Project
  1. Kathryn Quigley
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-chong-quigley-786b6943/
  3. Learning Media Producer
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Lawrence Hall of Science
  1. Craig Strang
  2. Principle Investigator
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Lawrence Hall of Science

Broad Implementation of a Professional Learning Model for Outdoor Science Pro...

NSF Awards: 1612512

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

BEETLES began in 2011 focused on improving the high impact, yet resource-deprived world of residential outdoor science schools. Since then it has expanded to other environmental education contexts that are focused on teaching and learning science outdoors, such as school gardens, indoor and outdoor classrooms, afterschool programs, land trusts, parks, nature centers, etc. The “core” purpose of BEETLES is to grow the capacity and improve the quality and quantity of environmental education nationally. We achieve this goal by translating research about effective practices for teaching and learning into accessible approaches, resources and tools for program leaders and instructors. BEETLES tools comprise a comprehensive professional learning system that includes professional learning sessions for program leaders to use with field instructors to inspire shifts in outdoor science education teaching practices, and student activities for field instructors that help them to implement effective teaching practices. BEETLES also creates and shares a wide variety of  resources to support program improvement, such as tools for reflective practice and coaching, implementation guides and videos for program leaders and instructors. Effective use of these tools will help to position outdoor science education as central and essential to achieving the larger goals of our formal and informal education systems nationwide.

In 2016, BEETLES received funding the NSF-AISL for broad implementation: week-long, immersive professional learning experiences for 200 leaders at 100 outdoor science organizations along with two research studies, looking at resource implementation as well as program learning characteristics and associated student outcomes. 

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