Native Plants and the classroom
An expert in Florida Native Plants, Dr. Shirley Denton, with the Florida Native Plant Society, has four college degrees including a PhD from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources with a focus on applied plant ecology. She came to Florida in 1986 for a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Archbold Biological Station where she gained a lot of respect for the hardy, and often rare, plants that call Florida’s ancient scrubs home. Denton has worked for a series of environmental consulting firms. Her specialties are native plant research, surveys of rare plants and land management planning. She became known for her work on wetlands. In addition to her work with the Florida Native Plant Society and Tampa Bay Sierra Club, Denton is a gardener. She says, “My home landscaping has focused on native plants since 1998 when I acquired my current home. I live where I depend on a well, so my landscape is also focused on water conservation (I do not water any established planting areas), and a maintain a “freedom lawn.”
Celebrate Freedom webinar
Each year during Celebrate Freedom Week, students in Florida, Texas, and a number of other states are expected to recite a key passage from the Declaration of Independence and to spend time studying this important document. The curriculum supplement Celebrate Freedom carefully examines this key passage, helping students better understand its meaning and why it is still important today. Join Jodi Pushkin, manager and curriculum writer for the Times NIE program and William Mattox, Director, Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute for a webinar focusing on this publication, American Founders’ Month, Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week. In addition to focusing on the content of the publication, we also will provide lesson ideas using the newspaper and other forms of informational text in the classroom.
Water Matters webinar
To conserve water means to use it wisely and to not be wasteful. Water conservation is important to meet our current and future water needs as humans, as well as the needs of plants, animals and the environment! In west-central Florida, more than 90 percent of our freshwater supply comes from groundwater, most commonly the Floridan Aquifer.
Feature writing in the classroom
Over the last 30 years, DeGregory has written more than 3,000 stories. She came to the Times in 2000 and has followed a feral child who was adopted, a girl whose dad dropped her off a bridge and a dying boy waiting for his miracle. She has won dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. A listener, a writer, and a podcaster, DeGregory will speak about her special features, tips for teaching writing and her podcast. DeGregory, says “I love embedding in strangers’ lives and sharing their stories. When I was 6 years old, growing up in D.C. during the Watergate scandal, I told my parents I was going to be a journalist. I was editor of the newspaper at the University of Virginia, then worked in newsrooms across the East Coast.”