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GREEN Teachers Institute earns award

Miami’s GREEN (GRowing Environmental Education Now) Teachers Institute was named a recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Education Award for 2002. It is the first time the program has received national recognition.

The GREEN Teachers Institute is a comprehensive enhancement program for teachers of grades K-8 designed to help foster knowledge in the areas of the life and environmental sciences, confidence in using effective pedagogical techniques and enthusiasm for life-long learning. GTI consists of two-week summer workshops at the introductory, advanced and master levels, and includes significant follow-up throughout the academic year.

According to co-director Donald Kaufman (zoology/director, Hefner Zoology Museum), the program was nominated for the award by one of the teachers who had participated in it.

"It’s wonderful recognition for all the environmental education we’ve done over the years," he said, adding that the use of trees in many of their activities fits well with a National Arbor Day Foundation award.

Kaufman and co-director Cecilia Franz Berg, senior project director at the Hefner Zoology Museum, will represent GTI when it is honored at The National Arbor Day Awards Banquet and Ceremony at the Arbor Day Farm’s Lied Conference Center in Nebraska City, Neb., on April 27.

Each year, the National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes projects and educational efforts that foster attainment of J. Sterling Morton’s goal of responsible stewardship to benefit humankind now and in generations to come.

Date Published: 02/14/2002
Volume: 21   Number: 25

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