The SEMIS Coalition facilitates school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems. — SEMIS Mission Statement

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Ethan Lowenstein, Ph.D., Director.
Dr. Ethan Lowenstein is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Dr. Lowenstein has close to two decades of experience in school systems reform, educational leadership development, and teacher professional development in moral and civic education. In recognition of his work in teacher education Dr. Lowenstein received the 2007 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award and the 2006 Dean’s Award for Innovative Teaching. Before his career in higher education, Dr. Lowenstein taught high school Social Studies at Park East H.S., an alternative high school in East Harlem, New York City. Dr. Lowenstein was the 1996 New York City Board of Education Teacher of the Year for alternative schools.


Rebecca Nielsen, Director of Site-Based Programming
Rebecca owns and operates Nielsen Education Consulting, a small business specializing in assisting teachers, education institutions, and non-profits with both formal and non-formal science and environmental education programming and professional development. She holds a BS in Science from the University of Michigan, and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia. Nielsen has worked as an Education Manager at the Detroit Science Center and the National Wildlife Federation, and has also taught high school biology and ecology. She is trained in many of the prominent environmental education curricula such as Project Wet, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, and the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) series and is a certified Habitat Steward for the National Wildlife Federation. Nielsen is currently a consultant for the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, as well as the SEMIS Coalition. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University.


Linda G. Williams, Ph.D., Literacy Specialist
Dr. Linda G. Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches courses on reading and literacy acquisition. After 15 years of classroom teaching, Dr. Williams completed her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy with a focus on Literacy Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests include place-based education, multicultural issues in literacy education, exploring connections between craft knowledge and academic skills, and African American educational history.




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