ED OUT invites you to join us
ED OUT is an exciting new partnership that uses parks, forests, and refuges as outdoor classrooms to improve learning, enhance fun and learning during the summer, better prepare students for the next school year, and encourage outdoor recreation experiences that help America's youth fight the epidemic of childhood obesity. ED OUT centers on the closing days of the academic year - after traditional testing and teaching have largely concluded -- and adds a robust new resource to schools: talented adjunct faculty drawn from dozens of partner organizations.
ED OUT partners include federal agencies including the USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service and NASA, nonprofits including the American Recreation Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation, businesses including recreation equipment manufacturers and national, state and local education institutions and more.
The lead educational institution nationally is Prince William (Virginia) County Schools, recognized for its application of technology and remote learning to classrooms. ED OUT will offer each child in grades K-11 a day of experiential learning outdoors. The day will involve outdoor activities in and nearby school campuses, including planting gardens, trees and introductions to outdoor fun. In addition, hundreds of students will travel to a nearby recreation site, where adjunct faculty will work with classroom teachers to deliver lessons ranging from physical sciences to history to art to forensic science. While in the outdoors, students will also enjoy a healthy lunch and learn more about good eating practices and the connection between eating and activity levels - led by advice and experts from the partner organizations.
Participating student will receive (1) suggested summer break activities, readings and trips specifically addressing the academic program of the next grade, including suggested family trips and activities, (2) information about nearby summer fun at federal, state and local sites, and (3) special offers from recreation retailers and service providers. Following the June 2010 pilot effort in Prince William County, additional school districts will be invited to join ED OUT. Pilot locations are under consideration in the Denver, Chicago and Seattle/ Portland metropolitan areas.
Read how ED OUT is helping to change the face of classrooms in Nothern Virginia here.
Find out how to plan a family fishing trip!
Everything you need to know to plan a fishing trip nearby or on your next vacation trip is available from one site! Get expert advise as well as tips from fellow moms and dads. Learn about what you need to bring -- including the camera to capture memories or great times! Click here for information and special offers. ED OUT is looking for adjunct faculty for June 2011 and for in-class and school assemblies. Adjunct Faculty must have: (1) professional expertise in a field relevant to K-11 students; (2) an interest in children; (3) good communications skills; (4) willingness to adapt information to the age of the students being served; and (5) interest in involvement in ED OUT in 2011 and beyond. More information or Apply
The Prince William County School District has some 80,000 students in grades K-12. It is the second largest, the fastest growing and one of the most technologically advanced school systems in Virginia. The system includes 88 schools - including 55 elementary, 15 middle and 10 high schools - and more than 5,000 teachers. The system is quite diverse in population:
White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.7% Hispanic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 24.3% African American . . . . . . . . . . .. . .22.9% Asian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.7% Other. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 5.3%