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Outdoor Learning in Arlington (during COVID-19 and beyond) hosted by the Arlington Living Schoolyard Initiative - Shared screen with speaker view
Kate Williams (APS Parent)
34:22
Hi! I am a parent at Jamestown Elementary School (APS).
Mary Sanders
34:29
Hello! I am Erin Wentzell, a parent of a child at Ashlawn, a pediatric physical therapist and professor at GWU
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
34:39
Please take a second to introduce yourself and any organization you are affiliated with.
Mollee Hansen (Emmanuel Preschool)
34:45
Hi - I’m a teacher and Emmanuel Preschool, just over the border in Alexandria.
Siobhan Grayson
34:53
Siobhan Grayson-Youth Outreach Coordinator DHS. Teen Network Board.
Talia Schmitt
34:57
Hey there! Im Talia! I run NatureWalks with Talia, a hiking/ guiding org and as an environmental educator for NatureBridge
Ashley Palmer, NVSWCD
35:07
Hello everyone! I'm Ashley Palmer, Conservation Education Specialist with Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Erica Wyman
35:11
Erica Wyman- preschool lead teacher at The Eastern Ridge School in Great Falls, VA.private school in Fairfax County
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
35:15
I teach composting at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and would love to collaborate on outdoor composting education. It’s a great outdoor activity!!
Kerry Daly, St Aidan's Preschool
35:18
Hello. I am a preschool teacher at St. Aidan's Day School in Alexandria
Elizabeth Benard
35:22
Hi, I’m a parent at Jamestown ES.
Christy-Campbell ES
35:25
Hi! I’m Christy, outdoor classroom teacher at Campbell ES in Arlington.
virginia busby
35:28
Hi, Virginia Busby, a parent from FCPS schools. I am PTA chair of the School Habitat committee and try to encourage green school practices at elem, middle, and high school.
Jesse Chang: Catalyst SGV
35:34
Hi I’m the ED for Catalyst SGV, in LA area, focusing on native/nature habitat gardens
Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington
35:34
So excited to see everyone. I'm Elenor Hodges with EcoAction Arlington and NoVA Outside
Kristen Shattuck
35:56
Hi, I’m a parent of a student at Dorothy Hamm and Arlington Tech and serve on the AOEA/Outdoor Lab board.
Alisa Cowen
36:00
Good evening, Alisa Cowen here. Landscape Architect and former GS leader. Currently serving on Student Services Advisory Council. Formerly Career Tech and Adult Ed Committee.
Holly Ferry
36:05
Hi! I
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
36:18
Aloha! I’m Ana Ka’ahanui, Co-Founder of Capital Nature. I’m a Fairfax Master Naturalist, one of the local leads for the DC Area City Nature Challenge and a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
36:22
Mary Sanders with Healthy Community Action Team in Arlington.
Dona Lee, MGNV
36:25
I'm a an Extension Master Gardener in Arlington/Alexandria. I co-lead a Garden Club program at MacArthur Elem School for 4/5th graders with Alexandria 4H,
Jessica Haney
36:43
Jessica Haney, parent at Campbell and past chair of wellness committee there. chair of Environmental Health and Asthma subcommittee of APS School Health Advisory Board
Anna Waters
36:44
Hello! Anna Waters here, teacher at St Aidan’s Day School
Madeline Koenig, Gulf Branch Nature Center-Arl. Co. Parks & Rec
36:52
Maddie Koenig, Park Naturalist with Gulf Branch Nature Center, part of Arlington Co. Dept. of Parks and Rec. We do LOTS of programming for Arlington's kids (and adults!) outdoors.
Holly Ferry
36:58
I’m the assistant in the Junior Kindergarten program at St. Aidan’s Day School.
Liz Macklin
37:09
Liz Macklin, Arlington Regional Master Naturalist 2020 grad, former APS parent and substitute teacher, former teaching artist with APS Fine Arts Apprentice program and Humanities project, after school program leader at Carlin Springs School through March 2020
Julie McDonald
37:23
Hi, I’m Julie McDonald, a parent at Barcroft ES, teacher at Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool and have worked with Nature Club Kids.
Ann Marie Douglass, Nature Club Kids, LLC
38:01
Good Evening, I'm Ann Marie Douglass- an APS parent of 2; Founder of Nature Club Kids- an all outdoor, all season Nature Immersion program.
Nancy Brooks
38:15
I’m Nancy Brooks, an Extension Master Gardener in Arlington/Alexandria
Margi Fineran - Fresh Farm/ FoodPrints
38:35
Margi Fineran - FoodPrints is a nutrition /Farm to school education program of the Fresh Farm organization here in Washington DC
Mary Quattlebaum
38:47
Hi- I’m a parent at Barcroft Elementary (APS) and Our Savior Lutheran School.
Charlie Resnick (he/him), The Outdoor Lab
38:55
Im a teacher at the Outdoor Lab, a nature center run by Arlington PS.
Jason Papacosma
38:57
Jason Papacosma, APS parent, volunteer chair of the APS science advisory committee, and an environmental professional with Arlington County government
Lady Bug of the Outdoor Lab
41:02
"Lady Bug" (Michele Karnbach). Director of The Arlington Outdoor Lab
Charlie Resnick (he/him), The Outdoor Lab
41:16
ODL represent!
Carrie Lombardi
41:25
Hi- Carrie Lombardi- parent at Barcroft Elementary School and Westover Baptist Preschool.
Susan Agolini
42:05
Hi-I am a Biology faculty member at Marymount University. I am interested in a grant through NSF that supports “Informal STEM Learning” and am interested in bringing gardens to schools in Arlington that don’t have them, to help retain interest in STEM from elementary to middle schools.
Symone Walker
42:05
Symone Walker, GMS parent.
Siobhan Grayson
42:10
Arlington
Jenifer Joy Madden
42:30
Hi I'm Jenifer and live in Vienna. I'm a health and environmental journalist and founder of DurableHuman.com. I write on this topic. Take a look!! https://durablehuman.com/how-nature-play-builds-balanced-durable-human-kids/
Lauren Ford - Cooper Carry
43:06
Hi! I am Lauren Ford, parent of students who have attended Drew, Gunston and Wakefield. In my free time I am an architecct - designing educational spaces for PK-12 students - indoors and out.
Laura Daub- Claremont, Viva Verde co-chair, exhausted parent
43:47
Laura Daub, volunteer co-chair of Viva Verde at Claremont, parent of 3 and a member of Fairlington United Methodist Church.
Alison Sheahan
44:21
Hi, Alison Sheahan here from Ashlawn Elementary in Arlington and a Master Naturalist volunteer in Arlington, including a program of after-school Outdoor Explorers with Arlington 4H.
Aisha Salazar
45:01
Aisha Salazar, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent (lead the Master Food Volunteers in Arlington/Alexandria who provide cooking/nutrition/health education for all ages), HCAT Co-chair, and Friends of Urban Agriculture.
Lisa Labella
45:36
Lisa Labella - Senior Project Coordinator at Wakefield High School, Wakefield Garden Club Sponsor, member of FOUA Victory Garden program.
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
46:32
If you have any questions for the speakers, please put them in the chat and we can address them following the presentations.
catherine kalkus
46:49
Hi. I am cathy kalkus and I am a primary (3-6year olds) Montessori teacher at the new Montessori Public School of Arlington
Cliff Fairweather
48:30
Cliff Fairweather, manager, Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, Va.
Vanessa Derenoncourt-Flinn
49:02
Vanessa Derenoncourt-Flinn, Our Savior Lutheran School in Arlington parent
virginia busby
49:25
Can any of the panelists speak to the Virginia DOE embracing of outdoor learning and especially ramping up outdoor learning during COVID? Any idea about how the federal DOE is supporting this?
Jenifer Joy Madden
50:00
Here's more info about having school in outdoor spaces: https://durablehuman.com/OutdoorSchool
Janet Siddle
50:49
Hi everyone -- Janet Siddle, naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, part of Fairfax County.
Jennifer Lane
51:55
Hello! I'm Jennifer Lane. I'm parent of a 5 yo at Montessori Public School of Arlington who is an alum of AUCP, a private co-operative preschool with an Outdoor Classroom program at Glencarlyn Park. It's lovely to see friends from both of those worlds here tonight.
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
51:59
Are there any school districts in the country who are doing outdoor learning well?
Robyn Norrbom Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool
52:19
Robyn Norrbom-preK teacher at Congregation Etz Hayim. .Currently we are outdoors only for our 3 hour day.
Jason Papacosma
54:39
Re the question about VDOE....I haven't seen outdoor learning in their web materials: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/office/covid-19-faq-reopening.shtml
Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington
57:56
Re: which school districts in the county who are doing outdoor learning well - the National Outdoor Learning Initiative that Nancy is talking about has a number of case studies which mention school districts: https://www.greenschoolyards.org/case-studies-intro
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
58:06
Wow!
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
58:25
Thanks Elenor!
virginia busby
58:42
I've encountered a need to provide support to teachers who have never had access to or training about outside learning and find the prospect of planning for and implementing outside learning almost impossible. Any recommendations for any entities that support teachers? Now managing COVID would be interwoven with that.
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
59:09
Nancy, so impressive.
Talia Schmitt, NatureWalks with Talia LLC & NatureBridge
59:29
Thanks for all your hard work Nancy!!
Christy-Campbell ES
59:59
@virginia busby that’s my job at Campbell (pre-covid) Happy to dicuss anytime.
Jenifer Joy Madden
01:00:12
Shoutout @NancyStriniste! She's a gifted outdoor school and play space designer in her own right. For example, Nancy designed the amazing innovative nature play space in Gaithersburg called Constitution Gardens. Highly recommend a trip there: https://durablehuman.com/nature-play-city-park-thrives-near-u-s-capital-encourages-durable-human/
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
01:00:53
Keep your questions coming! Our panelists will either answer in the chat or we will address them following the presentations.
Joan Kelsch
01:03:50
I am Joan Kelsch. Arlington's Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management. My kids are grads of Key, Gunston, and W-L. A big fan of outdoor learning!
virginia busby
01:04:42
How are bathroom needs accommodated? Port-o-johns and hand washing stations?
Kerry Daly, St Aidan's Preschool
01:07:26
In recent years, focus in schools has been on security and safety measures for potential events as school shootings. Do you take that into account when recommending sites?
Alison Sheahan
01:08:24
Ditto on Kerry's question, please.
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
01:08:35
Lauren, can you point out where the loading dock and recycling and dumpster are?
Madeline Koenig, Gulf Branch Nature Center-Arl. Co. Parks & Rec
01:14:32
How does this plan accommodate all 450 children/25 classes in the school? Will half-classes be taking turns in these outdoor learning spaces?
Symone Walker
01:14:42
I apologize if I missed this. Does this site have tents?
Ann Marie Douglass, Nature Club Kids, LLC
01:15:26
Barcroft is getting tents for 3 spaces- front, side, and back of school.
Kate Williams (APS Parent)
01:17:50
Can you please explain what “Trauma-informed design approach” means?
Tammy Bewitz
01:20:52
Hello! I’m curious what process Barcroft went through with APS to get this approved?
Nancy Striniste, EarlySpace LLC
01:22:43
Trauma informed design means prioritizing mental health in the way the spaces are created, vs prioritizing ease of maintenance.
Elizabeth Elee
01:22:53
I'm interested in an answer to Tammy's question too. Thanks!
Nancy Striniste, EarlySpace LLC
01:23:41
Barcroft is still in the early planning stage, not approved yet.
Dona Lee, MGNV
01:24:37
What constraints do you have on spacing and activities for outdoor learning?
Nancy Striniste, EarlySpace LLC
01:24:58
The principal at Barcroft is very supportive of outdoor learning. In addition there is an outdoor learning committee working on making it happen.
Jenifer Joy Madden
01:29:16
Here's Ann Marie Douglass's Nature Club Kids. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/natureclubkids
Tammy Bewitz
01:30:38
We are so thankful for the Outdoor Lab!!
Vanessa Derenoncourt-Flinn
01:33:00
Will today's recording be shared with the participants? If so, when.
Talia Schmitt, NatureWalks with Talia LLC & NatureBridge
01:33:03
That training program is a great idea!
Wendy Goyert
01:33:53
So great to hear about the training program for teachers! Awesome that you're working on that.
Jason Papacosma
01:34:03
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQH4DlgHXOZOzdCY71xAbF6csbTSMOF3wrwczmKzJR_BqeLg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Jason Papacosma
01:34:57
Link above to the information form
Tammy Bewitz
01:35:51
Thank you. I’m at Campbell ES. We’ve been told that special approval needs to be given from facilities to get structures built/placed on site.
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
01:36:10
Link to register for February 8 meeting: https://antioch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfuqsrT4pG9OeIZzRjW_Io58OGGp13Win
Julie McDonald
01:37:32
Seems like most of the schools who have a paid outdoor coordinator position are schools who have the PTA funds to support such a role.Barcroft has only a small parent volunteer group (and a supportive principal) trying to make outdoor learning happen
Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington
01:38:53
Please fill out our interest questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQH4DlgHXOZOzdCY71xAbF6csbTSMOF3wrwczmKzJR_BqeLg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington
01:39:57
Please sign on to show your support: tinyurl.com/ArlingtonLivingSchoolyards
Aisha Salazar
01:39:58
has any of that funding been allocated to the state or Arlington?
Neerja Kar
01:40:36
why are schools reluctant? what is the biggest sticking point?
Aisha Salazar
01:41:23
it does sound like the same concept of outdoor dining and funding
Jenifer Joy Madden
01:42:23
Please see the DC Outdoor Learning Resolution above
Jason Papacosma
01:42:43
Thank you, Jenifer
Madeline Koenig, Gulf Branch Nature Center-Arl. Co. Parks & Rec
01:43:55
Project WILD, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, etc. are teacher training programs and associated curriculum. VDGIF provides these trainings (most state wildlife agencies do, apologies for the long link): https://dwr.virginia.gov/education/project-wild/#:~:text=Project%20WILD%20explores%20how%20people,that%20use%20natural%20resources%20wisely.&text=Virginia%20DGIF%20provides%20the%20Project,basic%20wildlife%20concepts%20management%20practices
Teresa Kitchen
01:45:05
Prince William County has protocol for lock down and Shelter in place outdoors
Carrie Lombardi
01:46:25
Do you have suggestions for funding?
Christy-Campbell ES
01:46:31
We also have a plan for lockdown while outdoors at Campbell, and we have used it after an incident two years ago.
Jason Papacosma
01:46:49
Thanks, Christy
Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington
01:50:42
One more request to fill out our interest questionnaire. Thanks in advance - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQH4DlgHXOZOzdCY71xAbF6csbTSMOF3wrwczmKzJR_BqeLg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Dona Lee, MGNV
01:50:57
Is it more difficult to enforce the 6' spacing in an outdoor setting without desks to keep students separated?
Jennifer Lane
01:50:58
Could you speak towards APS system-wide support for outdoor learning, prior to covid and now? Are all outdoor learning programs, spaces, positions initiated/funded/supported by groups "outside" of APS (AOEA, PTA support, parents)?
Dona Lee, MGNV
01:53:22
Are students learning traditional subjects like math etc. outside? Maybe I'm still thinking too traditionally of competing forms at a desk...
Lady Bug of the Outdoor Lab
01:53:22
I also believe administrative support and teacher training make a huge difference if students go outside.
Jennifer Lane
01:53:36
I haven't seen any mention of outdoor classrooms and APS support for them in APS reopening materials that I've seen, but maybe I've missed these?
Christy-Campbell ES
01:53:39
Agreed Lady Bug
Christy-Campbell ES
01:53:47
This cannot be stressed enough.
Jason Papacosma
01:54:15
8 responses so far. If you respond in the next 5 minutes, you'll also receive....
Tammy Bewitz
01:55:16
Thank you.
Teresa Kitchen
01:55:19
We have two Math Gardens. One is a circle and one is a graph with x and y axis. It can be used for several learning targets. The more creative the teacher, the more they use it.
Jessica Haney
01:55:50
speak to Science Advisory Cmte asking for an outdoor coordinator and it was not budgeted
Erica Wyman
01:56:15
Is there a certificate for this webinar to use for professional development?
Symone Walker
01:57:15
Disparate access concerns me about PTA funding and individual school discretion. Ststen I'd school
virginia busby
01:57:36
I wish our entire school system (FCPS) would ensure equitable support for green schools and outdoor ed. It seems that it takes parents and a few super dedicated teachers and/or admin to make it happen versus support for each school to have the resources to start and sustain a program.
Symone Walker
01:57:36
sorry system of schools.
Jason Papacosma
01:57:46
Fully agree, Symone.
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
01:58:41
There’s a lot of math in teaching composting! Good composting relies in part on recipes.
Symone Walker
01:58:42
We need to force the school board to address this as instruction for every school.
Jennifer Lane
02:00:04
Thanks Jason and Campbell friends - so it sounds those decisions on committing funds are made on the school level by principals, but not the system-wide level. Echoing Symone's concern in terms of equity. I'd think that system-wide support could provide opportunities to address equity across the county.
Carrie Lombardi
02:00:31
I totally agree, Symone. You would think COVID would open the eyes of the school board to look at the outdoors for every school.
Talia Schmitt, NatureWalks with Talia LLC & NatureBridge
02:00:57
I have to head out but you all are such awesome people! I’d love to connect with you all and continue these conversations. www.naturewalkswithtalia.com
Jason Papacosma
02:01:41
Thank you, Talia!
Jessica Haney
02:02:02
yes, APS didn't support the SAC-recommended position which might have been a step toward more systemic infusion of outdoor learning
Christy-Campbell ES
02:02:24
One immediate and effective option is to offer PD to teachers. This way they choose to learn more about outdoor ed and we already have buy-in.
Christy-Campbell ES
02:02:49
And I mean specifically PD through the school system.
Rachel Royster
02:03:09
thank you so much! This was very valuable information
virginia busby
02:03:11
Having the appropriate people on the school board is critically important. Educating the school board and influencing the state and federal DOEs is vital.
Alison Sheahan
02:03:21
Sorry I can't add by speaking but Ashlawn Elementary has long had a collaboration with Reevesland Learning Gardens, driven by support of the PTA and certain teachers & admin.
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
02:03:28
https://antioch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfuqsrT4pG9OeIZzRjW_Io58OGGp13Win
Jessica Haney
02:03:46
thank you so much for all your hard work!
Cliff Fairweather
02:03:47
Great program, thanks to the organizers and the presenters!!
Jennifer Lane
02:03:48
Thank you very much - this has been very helpful.
Mary Sanders - HCAT Arlington
02:04:08
For February 8 Follow up Meeting Registration: https://antioch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfuqsrT4pG9OeIZzRjW_Io58OGGp13Win
Brenda Platt, Inst. for Local Self-Reliance (she/her)
02:04:10
Awesome event. Thank you.
Christy-Campbell ES
02:04:16
So encouraging to see this crew gathered!
virginia busby
02:04:28
Very grateful for the work and sharing of everybody.
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
02:04:30
Great session - very informative!
Liz Macklin
02:05:03
Thank you -- inspiring ideas and many important questions
Elizabeth Elee
02:05:39
This session has been so informative! Thank you!
Symone Walker
02:05:56
And I didn't mean "force" them but convince them, lol. it has to be a campaign.
Joan Kelsch
02:05:59
Great job!
Jenifer Joy Madden
02:06:01
Thanks for inviting me
Tammy Bewitz
02:06:03
thank you!!
Erin Wentzell
02:06:12
Great job! Well done!
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
02:06:13
I have a question for Nancy
Robyn Norrbom Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool
02:06:16
thank you
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
02:06:27
Can I get Nancy’s email?
Nancy Striniste, EarlySpace LLC
02:06:42
nancy@earlyspace.com
Ana Ka'ahanui (Capital Nature)
02:06:45
Thanks!