Temporary Summer Middle & High School Environmental Student Service Learning Course
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The LIFT Program is dedicated to improving the academic achievement of students to make them more competitive for higher education. Through this entrepreneurial program, students are able to build their skills during the summer and academic year, to better prepare them for higher education and solidify their foundation for future success.
During the 2014 summer program, LIFT would like to offer a three-week course dedicated to environmental service. Creating lifelong environmental stewards is essential to care for our degrading planet. One of the best ways to do this is to get young people involved in sustainability efforts by engaging them in environmental work. Through this course, students will learn about current sustainability issues, volunteer with area environmental groups, and create their own environmental stewardship campaign to implement in their communities or schools. The course will run from June 23-July 11, 2014 and will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park. Teachers will be expected to attend an orientation prior to the program start.
This three-week course should emphasize the many aspects of sustainability through lectures, student projects, hands-on activities, and creative thinking exercises. Course materials should extend beyond traditional high school curricula to challenge student intellect and ability. Course deliverables should include in-class assignments, homework, and a final project incorporating classroom materials and individual research. Required components for course proposal submission include the following:
Proposed course outline and syllabus detailing class topics, activities, required readings, and homework assignments (classes held daily from 8:30am-11:45am, with afternoon activities and/or field trips jointly selected by teachers and LIFT Program Staff)
Grading criteria for all assignments, participation requirements, projects
Deliverables to be presented to parents at the completion of the course
Detailed explanation of each class, including time breakdown of discussion topics, group
activities, and individual study time
Reflection activities and opportunities for students
List of needs for course implementation with cost breakdown and staffing requirements
Funding will range from $5,000-$7,000 plus room and board (if needed) for the course development, orientation, and 40-hour workweek for three weeks during the summer program, depending on instructor qualifications and project depth and detail. Instructors who elect to not stay on campus will not be given the cash equivalent for room and board Instructor will be a temporary employee of the University of Maryland and will be required to submit all pertinent forms and information in compliance with the University of Maryland policies and procedures.
How to Apply
Applications are asked to provide the above requested proposal information, in addition to a resume and cover letter for instructor hire. For more information regarding the LIFT Summer Program, proposal, or application process, please contact LIFT@umd.edu or 301-405-0895.
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