Evans High School teacher Katherine Britton will participate in the GeoExpo workshops, which trains teachers to explain environmental issues to children.
GeoExpo 2004, which is sponsored by the Georgia Geographic Alliance, will be held June 15-21 at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
During the workshop, GCSU geographers will work with elementary-, middle- and high-school teachers to help them interest pupils in environmental problem-solving. Britton is among 20 teachers who have been selected to participate. During the weeklong clinic, teachers will be exposed to problem-based learning that requires pupils to analyze and solve difficult situations.
"We need good problem solvers to determine Georgia's environmental future," said Truman Hartshorn, a professor of anthropology and geography at GCSU and director of the Georgia Geographic Alliance.
The workshop will focus on the loss of longleaf pine forests, an environmental predicament facing Georgia.
During the upcoming school year, teachers will use what they've learned at the workshop to help pupils create academic projects to be displayed at GeoExpo, a statewide geography conference, next spring.
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