SWEEP & Vermont Afterschool Inc. Partnership

SWEEP has partnered with Vermont Afterschool Inc. to design and carry out a professional development training for afterschool providers and staff on incorporating environmental literacy into their programs.

Training description: Environmental Literacy in Action!

Environmental Literacy is much more than knowing every tree or bird out in the woods! It’s about establishing a sense of place, building knowledge about the connections between humans and the natural world, and the confidence to explore environmental topics in a patch of trees, by the pond or right in the gym or schoolyard.

This training is designed to give staff the understanding and skills needed to lead your own, partner with an expert, or embed an existing statewide environmental program. Build confidence leading groups informed by the “big ideas” linking us to nature. Experience tried and true, hands-on activities, tuned to the constraints and opportunities of afterschool programs even in winter. Walk away with the resources to identify local partners to assist you in developing quality environmental literacy experiences to your program.

Are you interested in being a part of this initiative? There are several ways to get involved:

1. Put yourself and/or your organization on the regional map that will be shared with the training attendees as part of the resource guide handout provided at the end of the training. By being on this map you are letting the afterschool programs in your area (and across the state) know that you/your organization are willing to be contacted to help develop an environmental literacy program. To be included in the map, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2. Become a trainer! Apply to be a trainer to facilitate the Environmental Literacy in Action! professional development training to afterschool providers in your region/across the state.

  • 5 hour training in two parts:
    • 1 evening for 2 hours during the week and 1 Saturday morning for 3 hours
    • OR 5 hours all on a Saturday
      • Part A (2 hours) – Intro to Environmental Literacy: Definition, Modeling Facilitation, NGSS Integration and Case Studies
      • Part B (3 hours) – Local Experiential Practice: VTSWEEP/Partnerships, Environmental Literacy’s Big Ideas and highlighted Science Practices, Existing vs. Custom-designed Curriculum, Environmental Literacy in the context of afterschool and summer learning
  • Criteria for becoming a Trainer:
    • Must be a member of VTSWEEP (or willing to join)
    • Willing to follow the Part A two hour training outline
    • Design the Part B three hour program
    • Model experiential teaching through your selected content expertise
    • Emphasize the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts and model NGSS Science Practices
    • Ability to work across multiple environmental topics (i.e. forest, fields, water, sustainability, etc.)
    • Experience providing professional development trainings
    • Willingness to become an independent contractor trainer or partner with Vermont Afterschool, Inc.

All applicants should consider attending the Vermont Afterschool Conference at the Stoweflake in Stowe on October 23, 2015 for a full day strand to launch the Environmental Literacy in Action! workshop.

For information on how to be involved or to apply to be a trainer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .