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Topic: Education

State and local governments oversee public schools and curriculum, enforce state and federal regulations, and supervise staff pay and budget allocation. Elected school board members additionally have considerable influence over educational policy. As a result, civic engagement can play a critical role in addressing educational shortfalls and adjudicating priorities among community members. State governments control educational funding for public colleges and universities. County governments exert further sway by setting the geographical boundaries for a student’s school designation


ESAL Articles and Events about Education

Article - Mar 3, 2021
A PhD Engineer Giving Back to Her Alabama Community

Dr. Kenya L. Goodson is vice-president of the board of the Black Warrior River Keeper, adjunct professor of environmental science at the University of Montevallo, and science instructor for first generation college-bound high schoolers through Stillman College's Upward Bound program. Read her story about her path to applying her science background to improve environmental education and management in her community.

Article - Jan 29, 2021
Science Kits: Fostering STEM Learning During Lockdown for Hayward Students

Educators Stuart Loebl and Nancy Wright describe the "Science Kits" program they developed for the Hayward Unified School District to facilitate equitable science education during distance learning.

Article - Dec 24, 2020
Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems: The Role of the Built Environment

On December 2, ESAL co-hosted “Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems”, a virtual panel with the Architectural Engineering Institute. Panelists discussed risk management, engineering solutions, and practical considerations for reopening schools.

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Neurobiologist Promotes Shared Governance to Relieve Education Inequities

Ashton Powell is a biology instructor at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics and elected member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education. He spoke with ESAL about how he uses his research and policy background to improve equity and mental health issues in the classroom.

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Thriving Earth Exchange: Connecting Scientists and Communities

The AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program connects communities with scientists to develop community science programs tackling natural hazards, resources, and climate change. These projects are driven by the philosophy that all communities should have access to science.

Article - May 10, 2020
CELF and Civic Science

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) helps K-12 students explore real-world environmental problems using sustainability as a guiding framework. Programs like their Civic Science Program engage students in collecting data, learning its implications, and developing advocacy skills.

Article - Mar 8, 2020
Scientific Citizenship Initiative

The Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI), based in Boston, Massachusetts, aims to make science “more socially responsive and responsible” by expanding STEM student training in leadership, communication, and ethics, and developing fellowships for scientists to serve in their communities.

Article - Jan 12, 2020
SolarYpsi: A Grass-Roots Approach to Renewable Energy

SolarYpsi is an ongoing collection of solar projects in Ypsilanti, Michigan, helping community organizations and households acquire solar power, usually at low or zero cost due to creative financing and volunteer labor. Founder Dave Strenski spoke with ESAL about how their work has transformed Ypsilanti into a “solar destination” with over one megawatt of solar generating capacity.

Article - Oct 27, 2019
Ecologist Helps Redefine Our Perspective On Forest Fires

Philip Higuera is an associate professor of fire ecology at the University of Montana, focusing on the relationships between climate, vegetation, and fire activity. Higuera collaborates with community members, policy makers, and land managers to define “resilience to wildfires,” based on human values and the best fire ecology science.

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