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GLIN==> Web site offers Great Lakes education tools for K-12 teachers

For immediate release
March 22, 2006

Great Lakes Information Network unveils comprehensive portal
See teach.glin.net

Teachers in Michigan, the Great Lakes region and beyond recognize the
importance of educating the next generation
on the value of the Great Lakes, including its fi shery resources. As a
result, a comprehensive new collection
of education tools and resources for K-12 educators in the Great Lakes
region is now available through
the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN).

Funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Michaela Zint, an environmental
education professor at the University
of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, together with her
master's students, education
specialists and a core group of K-12 educators, has developed a Teachers'
Corner - for GLIN's revamped online
education portal, The Education and Curriculum Homesite (TEACH) - to make
instructional kits, sample lesson
plans, reviews of curricular materials and online discussion opportunities
easily available to teachers.

"Past studies have told us that K-12 educators want to teach their students
about the Great Lakes but they are
not aware of relevant teaching materials that can also help them meet state
education standards," says Zint.
The portal (teach.glin.net/teachers/) offers all the teaching materials the
research team was able to identify in existence
on the topic. Independent education expert reviews of the materials also are
provided. "With the reviews
as a guide, teachers can easily compare and choose between materials based
on their content and education
characteristics," adds Zint. "Also provided are sample lesson plans teachers
correlated to Michigan education

The revamped TEACH, which is hosted and maintained by the Great Lakes
Commission through the Great
Lakes Information Network, also features education-related news along with
established offerings such as the a
"Great Lakes Vault of Knowledge," a calendar of events and mini-lessons
specifi cally geared to K-12 students
on Great Lakes history, culture, environment, geography, pollution and
careers options.

"This site has a lot of good information for teachers and nonformal
educators," says Linda O'Brien, a teacher
with Marquette Area Public Schools and director of the MooseWood Nature
Center. "It is easy to navigate. I
look forward to using it and sharing it with other educators."

The Teachers' Corner online discussion forum gives teachers a venue to
discuss or submit reviews of educational
materials, submit lesson plans and share educational resources. Other
features include a grid allowing
comparisons between available lesson packages as well as links and resources
for further information.

Christine Manninen,Great Lakes Commission, manninen@glc.org, 734-971-9135  
Dr. Michaela Zint, School of Natural Resources and Environment,
zintmich@umich.edu, 734-763-6961


The Great Lakes Information Network, a partnership of state, federal,
regional and provincial partner agencies
and organizations, provides information on the binational Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence region of North America,
including data and information on the region's environment, economy, tourism
and education. GLIN is maintained
by the Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of
Michigan, the hub for environmental
scholarship on campus, is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, education
and outreach in four broad areas,
Global Change, Great Lakes, Ecosystem Management, and Sustainable Production
and Consumption.

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust is a private foundation established in 1996 to
compensate the citizens of Michigan
for the lost use and enjoyment of fi sheries resources of Lake Michigan
resulting from the operation of the
Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Since its inception, it has provided more
than $30 million in grants to further
its mission.

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