- An award-winning series of six sets of textbooks and teacher guides
developed by E2: Environment and Education were translated and disseminated.
Initially piloted in 28 Beijing schools, a total of 6,000 teacher guides
and 24,000 student texts were subsequently printed and distributed in
1998 and 1999.
First Teacher Training in China
Fifty Chinese teacher trainers, or "master teachers", were
selected from thirty three carefully targeted pilot schools to participate
in an initial four day training session on the E2 curriculum. It is
estimated that each of these master teachers will eventually train
20 other teachers, who in turn will reach over 80,000 students in
Books presented to the Chinese students and teachers:
"Water Conservation", part of the environmental action series
produced by E2, and "Environmental Science: A Study of Interrelationships"
by Dr. Brad Smith of Western Washington State University.
Dean Paschall, former
Executive Director, GEA - China with teachers in the GEA - China
teacher training program.
Second Teacher Training in China
China-U.S. Student and Teacher Exchange
On Earth Day 2000, students from across Beijing took part in the
GEA-China Environmental Education Contest by answering a 100-question
quiz about environmental issues. The questions were listed on a full
page ad in the Beijing Youth Daily, a youth paper with a daily readership
of nearly 5 million students. From the 800 perfect scores out of thousands
of entries, five Chinese students were selected as the grand prize
winners to visit the United States and participate in environmental
study programs in U.S. schools in September, 2000. Joining the students
were three master teachers who are involved with GEA's innovative
Environmental Education programs. Also participating in this groundbreaking
exchange were three high-ranking government officials from China's
Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Environmental Protection
Administration of China and Beijing Municipal Education Commission.
College Faculty Exchange
In the fall of 2000, four faculty members were chosen from Capital
Normal University (CNU) in Beijing to travel to the US to study at
Western Washington University. They spent the fall quarter writing
articles, collaborating with faculty, and giving lectures.
Third Teacher Training in China
College Textbook Published
In September, 2002, GEA will publish the first environmental textbook
for Normal Universities non-environmental majors, called Breaking
New Ground: Case Studies in Environmental Issues. The text is currently
being piloted this semester in 45 classes at CNU and also in Shanghai
Huadong Normal University, the most prestigious Normal University
in the region. When finished, the text will be used in Normal colleges
across China to instruct future teachers on how to integrate environment
and development lessons across the curriculum. This landmark text
will also be the first college text in China to focus on techniques
of interdisciplinary education.
New Curriculum and Textbook
- In 2003, GEA will publish a groundbreaking new curriculum for a one
year course of study on sustainability and the environment for 8th/9th
grade students across China. This curriculum is the result of a truly
unprecedented collaboration between three Chinese ministries: the Ministry
of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, and the State
Environmental Protection Agency. This collaboration has been organized
by GEA-China to advance thinking about development within the country.
This new 8th/9th grade, one year, comprehensive course is designed to
help students place China in the global context while it invites them
to connect locally and regionally. We intend to give students an opportunity
to recognize the LEGACY they are receiving from their parents and grandparents,
and to proactively determine what their own legacy will be.
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