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A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

Examining and Elevating Education:
Dr. Boberg's Blog

As the Academic Dean of The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dr. Eric Boberg is charged with articulating, overseeing, and leading ESD’s learning and teaching priorities, promoting ESD’s Mission, supporting a system of practice that attracts and retains exemplary educators, and implementing and refining a professional growth system for faculty. Boberg earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has his MBA from TCU’s Neeley School of Business and his Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

If you have a question about ESD's curriculum or trends in education, please email Dr. Boberg. He will post answers to common questions here.

 

Enhancing Environmental Literacy through ESD's Urban Wildlife Project

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning identifies four outcomes related to Environmental Literacy:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the environment and the circumstances and conditions affecting it, particularly as relates to air, climate, land, food, energy, water, and ecosystems,
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of society's impact on the natural world (e.g., population growth, population development, resource consumption rate, etc.),
  • Investigate and analyze environmental issues, and make accurate conclusions about effective solutions, and 
  • Take individual and collective action towards address environmental challenges (e.g., participating in global actions, designing solutions that inspire action on environmental issues).
This path to environmental literacy, which includes the cognitive and affective dispositions, cognitive skills and abilities, and appropriate behavioral strategies listed above, begins with environmental awareness. Quite simply, people have to have a knowledge and understanding of their environment before they can take appropriate action.
At The Episcopal School of Dallas, we are very fortunate to have natural wonders, including the ESD Quarry (pictured to the right), here on the Merrell Road campus and on the Wolf Run campus in Anna, Texas. While visitors often marvel at these somewhat hidden gems, those of us who see them day after day sometimes forget their majesty. We might not have the fortitude to forsake the modern world and instead "live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that [is] not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into the corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms," as Henry David Thoreau once did, but we certainly can embrace his general aims. We can venture into our woods "to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if [we can] learn what [the Quarry and Wolf Run] have to teach" us about nature and ourselves (excerpts from Walden).

To help increase our knowledge, understanding, and awareness of the environment around us, ESD will embark on an interdisciplinary Urban Wildlife Project that combines student research, observation, reflection, art, and writing. We will begin with 8 species that make our Quarry their home: the Red-Tailed Hawk, the Green Heron, the Little Blue Winged Teal, the Largemouth Bass, the Red-Eared Slider, the Coyote, the Black Willow, and the Eastern Cottonwood. For each of these species, students across all three divisions will create four original works, inspired by research, observation, and imagination. The works will include a realistic drawing or photograph; a natural history or non-fiction nature writing; an expressive or interpretive drawing, painting, or photograph; and an imaginative vignette, short-short story, or poem. By Spring, we will start producing species plaques that will display each of these four types of original student work on the columns on the patio outside of the Gill Library overlooking the ESD Quarry. The example below shows how each division will be included on each plaque.  

Proposed Species
Original Student Piece
Designations
Image of Species
1.
Little Blue Winged Teal
Realistic drawing (see example) or photograph
At large
Natural History or Non-Fiction Nature Writing( see Muir) US
Vignette, Short-Short Story, or Poem MS
Expressive Visual LS

 

Posted by Julie A. Clardy on Wednesday September, 14, 2016
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4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

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4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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