Igniting Streams of Learning in Science International (ISLSI)

We are delighted to announce that we have updated our program name to Igniting Streams of Learning in Science International. Due to our expanding presence internationally, in countries such as Pakistan and the Dominican Republic, we have decided to update our name. Don't worry, we still have the same mission and goals as an educational program, and will continue to implement various educational programs throughout Northeast Ohio.

ISLSI in the Dominican Republic

We are delighted to announce that we are working on joint project with Counterpart International and ISLSI in the Dominican Republic.  Counterpart has launched the Coastal Communities Resiliency Program, a community-based environmental program, which will establish climate resiliency programs that will serve as learning laboratories to local communities. The program will incorporate part of ISLSI's mission and learning approach with the establishment of peer-to-peer learning and youth development through hands-on-learning. For more information about Counterpart International, click here.

ISLSI Summer Institute

  We are continuing the International ISLS program in the summer! From June 15 through July 5, we will host a group of Pakistani high school students. Over their 3-week stay, we will go to Cleveland, Hiram, Washington DC, and Chincoteague Island. We will be joined by three local Ohio schools at various points during the program.

Environmental Tree Awareness Program: April 21-25, 2015

We are delighted to announce a new program! The Environmental Tree Awareness program will occur from April 21 through April 25. Ten Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools will be involved in ETA, which is funded by the International Associations of Arboriculture. The program will involve hands-on-learning in learning communities using a tree kit. Students will learn tree planting, tree identification, and grafting to develop service learning projects that they will implement in their respective communities. The program is aligned to Ohio's New Learning Standards for 9th-12th biology.  

Cleveland Water Alliance: Clean Water Tour & Sweepstakes

Celebrate the Year of Clean Water and enter to win big in the Clean Water Tour & Sweepstakes! From January through October 2015, our partner organizations are hosting a series of fun, family-friendly, and educational events that highlight local efforts to keep our water drinkable, swimmable, and fishable. Attend any of these events for a chance to win the grand prize or one of many family fun prize packages. The more events you attend, the greater your likelihood of winning! To learn more go to the website!

ISLS August Institute

With the success of the June Institute all of the NPMs and faculty eagerly await the August Instititute the second of our 2013 institutes which begins tomorrow and will go until next Friday we have the same activities planned only there is expected to be more teachers this time. This institute is going to run fairly smoothly and we will hopefully end with 100% efficiency with being on board with the ISLS model by the end.

ISLS June Institute

For the past two weeks we had our first of two summer teacher institutes. We met with 13 teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan area and successfully taught them ORAM, PHWH, and our new protocol ETA, which was well received. Overall the institute was successful and all the teachers are excited for our next meeting in September. We are currently waiting on their Action Research Plans.

ISLS 2013

This year we are working with teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan area to supply the area with a brand new environmental curricula to be implemented in their schools. We have aligned the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the North East Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) standards, and the current science core curriculm with the protocols for the Primary Headwater Habitat Assessment (PHWH) and the Ohio Rapid Assessment Methods (ORAM). We hope to continue this for the other protocols used previously in the ISLS program. We are also working to develop a  new protocol focusing on trees and their effects on the watershed which we will call Environmental Tree Awareness (ETA). As always we will continue to strive to build our model wetlands and gardens. We hope to have lesson plans up and ready for anyone to come on here and view by the end of this 10 week internship.

UWISLS NPM Ryan Astalos working with the primary headwater found at Hiram College's James H. Barrow Field Station

Wetland Construction

This week the NPMs worked on reconstructing the wetlands. We were lucky enough to  watch enviroscience reshape two wetlands that were not very practical, due to the steep hill into three wetlands that flow into one another. A berm was developed to intiate the flow of water. Two jobs were especially important in the maintenance of the reconstructed wetland. One set of NPMs exterminated the invasive narrow-leaved cattails that were invading the wetland. The other group of NPMs picked seeds from specific wetland species, and scattered them across the recosntructed wetland area. After planting all of the seeds around the new wetland, we received bales of hay and grass seed mix. Once the grass seed was thoroughly distributed, hay was layed down. We look forward to visiting the reconstructed wetlands in the fall to see the progress.   Figure 1: completed wetland Figure 2: completed wetland   Photos courtesy of James Degroff  

UWISLS Featured at SENCER Institute

Near Peer Mentor Vanessa Consolo and Professor Denny Taylor (Hiram College) will represent the Northeast Ohio GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) cluster of schools at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) summer institute at Santa Clara University August 2-6.  They will present a poster highlighting the Urban Watersheds ISLS 2012 Summer Institute held on West Creek in Parma in June of 2012.  The poster is entitled: "Igniting Streams, Igniting Minds: Fostering collaborations to solve local watershed issues through inquiry-based science".  Other universities in the Northeast Ohio GLISTEN cluster include the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace College, and Oberlin College. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is a program funded by the National Science Foundation which applies the science of learning to courses that engage students in active hands on experiences tied to the communities in which they learn.  SENCER courses and programs strengthen student learning  and interest in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics by  connecting course topics to issues of critical local, national, and global  importance.