SEMIS Summer Institute Day Three (#SemisSummer16)

By Bill Boyle Day 3 was another day of outdoors, experiential immersion. We started at  Helms Haven Park for water testing with the excellent instruction from Friends of the Rouge. We did chemical testing and benthic marcro-invertebrate searches. Both of these are...

Community Forum

The annual Community Forum provides students and educators with the opportunity to share their work with SEMIS Coalition members in a professional conference setting with peers and community members sharing methods and project development.  This conference puts...
A Walk in the Park, Detroit Institute of Technology, SEMIS Coalition, We Are The Forest

A Walk in the Park, Detroit Institute of Technology, SEMIS Coalition, We Are The Forest

As a result of the Walk in the Park project, students have developed a sense of responsibility for nature in their community. Students have been able to use Rouge Park as a space to learn stewardship skills such as water quality monitoring, conducting environmental...

Introducing: Porter Chair Blog Series

Greetings! This year the SEMIS Coalition received the John W. Porter Endowed Chair in Urban Education, one of the most prestigious awards in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education. One of the roles of the Porter Chair is to create and facilitate...

Porter Chair Series: Guest Blogger Bill Boyle on Restorative Practices and EcoJustice Education

Recognizing Community, Recognizing Its Members By Bill Boyle October 27, 2015 One of the more promising antidotes to the alienated individualism of the “ethic of achievement” in schools lies in the use of Restorative Practices.  As I’ve written previously, “We tend to...
Water & the Artist

Water & the Artist

ERIC ZENER: http://abduzeedo.com/hypnotic-paintings-water-eric-zener Claude Monet does many different paintings of water flowers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Lilies Fredrick Remington, Fight for the Waterhole https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Remington...