published January 23, 2013

SCI-Great Lakes Spring Meeting to Focus on Best Practices Linking STEM Education and Great Lakes Stewardship

March 14-16, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio

The SENCER Center for Innovation – Great Lakes (SCI-Great Lakes) focuses its efforts on stewardship of the Great Lakes. The spring conference will promote incorporation of Great Lakes regional stewardship concerns into undergraduate STEM courses using the SENCER and GLISTEN models of learning through civic engagement.

Topics will include:
- sharing curriculum initiatives developed during the GLISTEN program or other environmental service-learning initiatives from the perspectives of faculty, student, and community partners,
- exploring opportunities to extend these experiences to STEM education using informal science education venues, and
- exploring opportunities for undergraduates to extend the model into K-12 courses through expanded learning communities.

Workshop and poster proposals are invited and must be submitted by February 14, 2013. More information on how to submit a poster or workshop proposal is posted to the SCI-Great Lakes page here. The meeting is co-sponsored by the SCI-Great Lakes at Case Western Reserve University, the Western Reserve Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Please see below for registration deadlines, lodging information, and a tentative agenda.

Workshop and poster proposals: February 14, 2013
Early registration deadline: February 21, 2013
Late registration deadline: March 7, 2013

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, March 14: Pre-conference activities
1:00 to 4:00 pm: Optional site visits will highlight unique features and stewardship facilities on the shores of Lake Erie.
- West Creek Stewardship Center
- University Farms, Case Western Reserve University
- Dike 14
- Cleveland Botanical Garden

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Foundation Center Fundraising Workshop
5:00 to 6:15 pm: Orientation to SENCER
6:30 – 8:00 pm: GLISTEN Networking Dinner

Friday, March 15
9:30 am – 4:00 pm: Conference Registration (Hovorka Atrium, Pytte Science Center, Case Western Reserve University).
8:30 to 9:30 am: SCI-GL Leadership Council Breakfast
10:00 am –12:15 pm: Plenary Session
SENCER Environmental Curriculum Development and Great Lakes Stewardship
- Facilitator presentation. This intensive workshop with Barbara Tewkesbury will provide a unique opportunity for those already familiar with SENCER to develop and receive feedback on activities that they are developing or have already introduced into their classes.
- Panel of GLISTEN site representatives with response by facilitator

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Lunch

Workshop Sessions - Concurrent workshop sessions will be grouped into three theme categories: 1) sustainability of Great Lakes ecosystems (e.g. invasive species, urban watersheds and storm water management, beaches and coastal issues, data sharing, non-point source pollution), sustainable use of urban lands (e.g. local food production, sustainable agriculture in urban areas, and vacant land management), and public health (e.g. chemicals of emerging concern, fish consumption, and public health education).
1:30 to 2:45 pm: Workshop Session I
3:00 to 4:15 pm: Workshop Session II
5:15 to 6:45 pm: Reception and Poster Session, Cleveland Botanical Garden. Poster Session is an opportunity for institutional teams to share experiences with curriculum development.
7:00 to 8:00 pm: Keynote speaker (to be announced), Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Saturday, March 16
8:00 to 8:45 am: Breakfast (Poster setup by students)
9:00 – 10:15 am: Workshop Session III
10:30 – 11:45 am: Workshop Session IV
12:00 – 1:15 pm: Lunch and Poster Session
An opportunity for students from institutional teams to demonstrate how science and civic engagement can be incorporated into undergraduate coursework.
1:30 to 3:00 pm: Closing Plenary

A block of rooms has been reserve at the Tudor Arms Hotel near Case Western Reserve University. Room reservations may be made by contacting the DoubleTree by Hilton - The Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. TEL: 1-216-455-1260. Use group name CWRU March for room discounts at $119/night.

Registration and Fees
Early registration (received and paid in full by February 21):
- $75 Individual
- $125 Team of 2 including a faculty member and undergraduate student or community partner representative
- $175 Team of 3 including a faculty member, undergraduate student and community partner representative

Registration deadline (received and paid by March 7)
- $100 Individual
- $150 Team of 2 including a faculty member and undergraduate student or community partner representative
- $200 Team of 3 including a faculty member, undergraduate student and community partner representative