Needs Assessment for Beecher School District
Baki, Janina J
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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Beecher Schools do not utilize GGNP services to enhance their EE curriculum. This research strived to understand why teachers in Beecher School Districts are not participating in services offered at GGNP and how can GGNP create programming that would appeal to teachers in Beecher Schools. For that reason, this research focused on two questions: 1. What needs do Beecher School Districts teachers have for integrating Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve services and site into classroom curriculum? 2. How can the Forest Preserve District of Will County (FPDWC) fulfill the needs of Beecher School teachers in order to increase their visitation to Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve? In order to answer these questions, research was conducted with a written survey issued to 64 teachers in the Beecher School District. Fourteen surveys were returned and analyzed. Key topics identified from the results included EE topics teachers integrate in curriculum, EE topics teachers would like to integrate in curriculum, and needs/barriers to implement EE into their curriculum. A plan of action was created based on the results. These recommendations are: to identify current PCNC programs that meet the EE topic needs of teachers, to correlate PCNC programs to CCS, and to meet with the teachers to help create awareness of PCNC services for teachers. In addition, a model was created to provide guidelines for future needs assessments. The needs assessment was a useful tool for identifying the needs of teachers, gaps between FPDWC and Beecher School teachers, with hopes of initiating a partnership between the two organizations.