Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bridging the Achievement Gap --Part II

by Edward Hessler

Recently, I posted a piece about the environmental and science education work of  St. Paul Public Schools teacher, Timothy Chase. I missed a few things. There is more to say.

In the May 2015 issue of the Park Bugle, a community newpaper serving St. Anthony Park, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale and Como Park, there is an article about the May 20 dedication, of the outdoor classroom in which Mr. Chase works with his students. He is to be the keynote speaker.

By Visitor7 (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons
And I want you to get a sense of this outdoor classroom, one I bike through occasionally in spring, summer and fall. The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom is small (and beautiful). While only about 7.3 ha (18 acres) it offers a lot for environmental learning to area teachers and their classes as well as interested adults.  At the website above (still under development) you will find a few pictures, a map of the site, self-guided tours, tools for educators, data about the woodland, and area historical data.

And somehow, I did not mention that for his work, Mr. Chase was named the the 2014 Formal Educator of the Year  by the Minnesota Association of Environmental Education.

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