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Wisconsin Green Schools Network
Engaging the rock-skipping, frog-catching spirit that lives in each of us
Fostering Inquiry and Engaging Learners through Discovery
Wisconsin Green Schools Network’s (WGSN) mission is to:
Connect with educators to explore natural and cultural systems and engage learners for thriving individuals and communities.
WGSN is a committee of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and supports the Federation’s mission of conservation through education. Since 2008, WGSN has supported more than 50 schools and hundreds of educators to implement the F.I.E.L.D. Corps (Fostering Inquiry and Engaging Learners Through Discovery) model rooted in place-based environmental education. F.I.E.L.D. Corps educators design and facilitate learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that engage students in meaningful, real-world investigations..
What does F.I.E.L.D. Corps look like?
F.I.E.L.D. Corps is delivered through professional development, coaching, and technical assistance.
- Professional development takes the form of workshops, online modules, and other events for early childhood through post-secondary classroom teachers and non-formal educators. These workshops often serve as the first introduction to the F.I.E.L.D. Corps model.
- Coaching is an in-depth approach where WGSN staff work side-by-side with teachers in and outside of their classroom to co-plan, co-teach, and co-reflect for long-term instructional change.
- Coaches can also provide technical assistance for school design, coherence models, curriculum frameworks, websites, and more.
How is F.I.E.L.D. Corps funded?
WGSN receives private foundation support, state and federal grants, event sponsorships, program registration, and service contracts of more than $250,000 annually through partnerships with organizations such as the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, EPA EE program, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools, and individual schools. WWF receives an administrative fee based on a percentage of all revenue.
2018 F.I.E.L.D. Corps in Review:
- Reached more than 70 teachers and impacted over 1,500 students across 11 schools in diverse districts across the state through F.I.E.L.D. Corps
- Expanded services for early childhood educators
- Trained 509 educators in Project WILD and 242 in Project WET
- Supported learning for over 389,000 visitors to our Environmental Education for Kids website (EEKwi.org)
- Provided resources for Wisconsin teachers, non-formal educators, and community members through EEinWI.org, reaching over 28,000 visitors this year
F.I.E.L.D. Corps School Partners:
- 21st Century Prep School, Racine
- Adams-Friendship Elementary School, Adams County
- Aldo Leopold Community School, Green Bay
- Amery High School, Amery
- Badger Rock Middle School, Madison
- Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland
- Crestwood Elementary School, Madison
- Discovery Charter School, Columbus
- Denmark Community School, Denmark
- Escuela Verde Charter School, Milwaukee
- Fox River Academy, Appleton
- Fox West Academy, Hortonville
- Hartland School of Community Learning, Hartland
- Hawley Elementary, Milwaukee
- Highland Community School District, Highland
- High Marq Environmental Charter School, Montello
- Island City Academy, Cumberland
- Ladysmith High School, Ladysmith
- Mt. Horeb Elementary School, Mt. Horeb
- NorthStar Community Charter School, Minong
- Northern Hills Elementary School, Onalaska
- Northern Waters Environmental School, Hayward
- Paul Olson Elementary School, Madison
- S.A.G.E.S. (School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies), Fox Lake
- Solon Springs Elementary/Middle School, Solong Springs
- South Shore Elementary School, Port Wing
- Spring Harbor Middle School, Madison
- Wequiock Elementary School, Green Bay
- Wildlands School, Fall Creek
WGSN F.I.E.L.D. Corps Team:
Co-Founder and Director of School Services
Director of Early Childhood
Program Support and Communications Specialist
|Ruth Ann Lee
Project WET and Project WILD State Coordinator
Co-Founder and Chair
Co-Founder and Vice-Chair
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