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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, August 20, 2020

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, August 20, 2020

August 27, 2020    Thinking Outside: How Nature-Based Education Can Help Schools Reopen Safely

Along with an hour-long webinar taking place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, a guide developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education presents information and strategies for how community-based environmental and outdoor education programs can help schools to equitably reopen during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Find the guide here

Starting Sept. 1, 2020    Population Education’s World of 7 Billion Contest   
The World of 7 Billion student video contest is a project-based inquiry tool that engages students with global challenges through video making. The challenge is to create a 60-second video relating human population growth to one of three global issues: Promoting Environmental Justice, Strengthening Global Health, or Reimagining Industrial Systems. The contest is open to students worldwide in grades 6–12, and winners receive up to $1,200 in cash prizes. Free curriculum resources for teachers and students are available. Entries are due by February 25, 2021.

Deadline: September 11, 2020    Dominion Energy's Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants  

These grants go to nonprofit organizations and public and private K–12 schools in areas Dominion serves (see the website for a list of states and areas served). Grants of up to $25,000 are available for short-term environmental projects with measurable results; K–12 schools get up to $5,000. Projects should educate students about environmental stewardship, help protect and preserve natural habitats, or improve open spaces and make nature more accessible.       

Oct. 19–23, 2020        Nuclear Science Week 

Nuclear Science Week explores what it means to “Think Clean. Think Solutions. Think Nuclear.” The event is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional, and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Each day will provide for learning about the contributions, innovations, and opportunities that can be found by exploring nuclear science. Teachers can download lesson plans, tools, and curricula information free online. The website also has videos, interviews, and experiments with industry professionals.

Year-Round    Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants    

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support K–12 educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom, and district. 

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