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Welcome to Environmental Leadership and Restoration

Environmental Leadership and Restoration 1 Semester



Location: Baer Osborn Environmental Education Center at Peterson Middle School C2

Curator:  Kelly Overduijn    408-423-2845

Teacher: Steven Sanders    408-423-2829


For class related communications use School Loop Mail. 

Personal Philosophy

I believe that you, the student, are the most important aspect of my work. I think that people are naturally curious and the scientific process is a result of this curiosity. I want students to feel compelled to explore on their own and to adopt principles learned into their own lives. I’ll strive to use our time together to stimulate your academic and personal growth.


Future leaders need to be able to deal with future challenges, and we must prepare our children for the future they will inherit. That requires dedication to providing children with environmental education.  At a time when more and more children are disconnected from nature, we recognize the importance of making a real investment in environmental education and outdoor learning. Environmental education engages students in learning and encourages youth to pursue careers in environmental and natural resource fields. Leadership skills and the act of leading are critical to the survival of our planet, civil society and the need to anticipate and respond to events, trends and decisions that affect our quality of life. Environmental sustainability, resource management, urban design, public policy and many other professional fields all require individuals to recognize the challenges and modify practices to achieve results. Peter Drucker, the management guru, is known for saying, “managers are tasked with doing things right, whereas leaders do the right thing”.  We aim grow the next generation of environmental leaders.

Course Description

All environmental problems have a human element. Environmental change will only occur through individual leadership and collective action. This course will introduce students to organizational, analytical, and communication skills needed in order to induce change. Students will learn about group dynamics and how to become more effective team members. Students will gain a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders through a variety of activities including: spending time with nature, working in teams on group projects, developing and leading educational tours, contributing to citizen science projects, conducting scientific investigations, and participating in ecological restoration. Students will reflect on their own abilities and attitudes concerning environmental change and have the opportunity to sharpen their communication and persuasion skills required for success as environmental leaders


Grading scale is as follows will be based upon participation in and quality of the following…  

    Class Discussion and Activities: 25 %

    Environmental Leadership Group Project: 25 %

    Participation in Citizen Science Projects and Restoration Efforts: 25 %

    Development of and Execution of Educational Tours: 25 %


The grade is a percentage of the total points earned out of total points offered. Grading of assignments and formative assessments are based on completion and mastery of learning objectives and performance tasks. The 6 point grading rubric is as follows:

1=50% Instructions presented. No further progress towards meeting objectives.

1.5=60% Work initiated, Minimal understanding

2=70% Some progress evident, Some understanding

3=80% Good progress evident, Basic understanding

4=90% Objectives nearly met, Good understanding

5=100% Objectives met, Strong understanding

6=105% Objectives exceeded, Advanced understanding

A grade of D is not an option. Students must pass with a C- or better. Scale is as follows:

97%=A+     93%=A     90%=A-     87%=B+    83%=B     80%=B-     77%=C+    73%=C      70%=C-

Protocol for Assignments

Coursework must be completed in order to pass. However, turning in all assignments does not guarantee the student a passing grade. I will accept up to 3 late assignments for full credit. However, if a pattern develops the maximum score for late work is 80%. Make-up work will be accepted no later than two weeks before the end of the quarter. Absences do not excuse you from getting your work in on time. Use School Loop to stay informed and to turn in work.


School policies are applied including those dealing with cheating, dress code, behavior and electronics. Know the handbook. You will be marked late if, when the bell rings, you are not prepared for class.

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