As a science teacher in elementary and middle schools, Steve Rich created two outdoor classrooms that were honored with NSTA awards—the Ciba Exemplary Science Teaching Award and the Ohaus Award for Innovations in Science Teaching. His professional experience includes writing books for students and teachers and serving as a science specialist for the Georgia Department of Education and as the coordinator of the Youth Science and Technology Center at the University of West Georgia. He is a frequent NSTA presenter, Science Scope contributor, and author of the NSTA Press book Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide.
Steve is a National Board Certified teacher and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. He was a district director of NSTA and president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.
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Professional Development Sessions
Need perspective on integrating reading, writing, and mathematics with science? Steve Rich will show teachers how to use the outdoors as a context and setting for learning. With national No Child Left Inside legislation on the horizon, learn how schools in your state can be ahead of the curve with innovative, inexpensive methods to get kids motivated. Be inspired by Steve's stories and the journeys of birds and butterflies migrating against the odds—and chart your own migration from novice to expert as an environmental educator.
Steve is a veteran presenter and keynote speaker at schools, science centers, universities, award banquets, and professional conferences. He can discuss how to create and effectively utilize outdoor learning spaces as well as more general science topics such as inquiry and integration.