The National Wildlife Federation engaged in a two-year partnership with AISD to build and maintain outdoor learning habitats for elementary and middle school campuses. This report summarizes the findings from the year 2 program evaluation (academic year 2011-2012), focusing on teacher perceptions and curriculum considerations as well as the actual design and usage of the habitats for teaching science in the middle grades.
AISD used federal Title I A funds to serve more than 51,000 students during 2011-2012. AISD receives Title I funds based on the number of low-income students residing in the district attendance zones.
The National Wildlife Federation and AISD engaged in a project to build outdoor learning classrooms on middle school and elementary school campuses. Teachers participated in a half-day Appreciative Inquiry Summit during the second year of the partnership. This report describes teachers' reflections and aspirations for the Schoolyard Habitats they built on their campuses.
The National Wildlife Federation's SchoolYard Habitat (SYH) program was a partnership with AISD from 2010-2012. A total of 18 outdoor learning habitats were created on AISD elementary and middle school campuses, and a demonstration habitat was created at the AISD Science and Health Resource Center (SHRC). The purpose of the SYHs is to provide teachers with an outdoor classroom that allows students to learn science and mathematics skills in natural environments. This report reviews the purpose and goals of the SYH program.