Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home

Judy Joung teaches 9th-grade biology at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL. She took students on a field trip to a state park, where they completed a modified BioBlitz and shared their findings using iNaturalist. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home

Educator Spotlight: Getting Outside for Empathetic Learning

Nicole Ross, this week’s Educator of the Week, empowered her emotional and learning support students with an interactive and localized BioBlitz at Red Mill Elementary School in Etters, Pennsylvania. Nicole has switched schools since and is currently a middle school teacher in Havre De Grace, Maryland, and a member of the National Geographic Teacher Advisory Board. Check out natgeoed.org to learn more about BioBlitz and … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Getting Outside for Empathetic Learning

Educator Spotlight: Dirty Hands for Inspired Hearts

The following post was written by Kailyn Bettle, an undergraduate research assistant for the Geographic Alliance of Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa. Katie Shelton, this week’s Educator of the Week, works to show students that they can appreciate and advocate for the environment around them. Katie serves as the naturalist for the Blackhawk County Conservation Board in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she heads … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Dirty Hands for Inspired Hearts

Educator Spotlight: Sparking Wonder in the Schoolyard

Stephanie Buttell-Maxin, this week’s Educator of the Week, challenged her students to take a much closer look at their own “backyard.” While identifying species, the class also discovered a deeper sense of responsibility for their local ecosystem. Stephanie teaches third grade at Kimball School in National City, California. You recently hosted a BioBlitz in the salt marsh creek adjacent to your school. What was that … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Sparking Wonder in the Schoolyard