Education

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LTER recognizes the value of sustained interactions between students, teachers, and scientists, and has launched an effort to integrate LTER science with K-12 education. Most LTER Sites conduct individual programs at the local level, and the Network supports centralized approaches to educational initiatives. Goals include: Utilizing LTER resources to enhance hands-on science learning for students Developing long-term research sites on or near school yards Facilitating communication between LTER scientists, formal and informal science educators, and school teachers. Help ecology education make best use of long-term studies. Foster understanding of the earth's ecosystems, including local ones. Promote outdoor, inquiry-based learning. Stimulate interdisciplinary, collaborative science learning. Integrate long-term and multi-factorial studies into education reform. Promote broad understanding of long-term ecological processes and the earth's ecosystems.
 
Subcommittees:
 
Ecological Data Literacy:  Alan Berkowitz (BES), Kari O'Connell (AND)
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):  Steven McGee (LUQ)
Children's Book Series:  Adrian Howkins (MCM)
Higher Education:  Art Schwarzschild (VCR)
Citizen Science:  Elena Sparrow (BNZ)
Professional Development:  Kara Haas (KBS)
Guide to the Education and Outreach Committee:  Jill Haukos (KNZ)
 
Graduate Student Representative:  Alix Conway (BNZ)