Teacher Resources & Links The District’s Education Specialist has many resources available for teachers, educators and youth leaders. See a list of services below. For details about resources for teachers, contact Kathleen Rocco at 216.443.3731 or send an email. Classroom Presentations The District’s Education Specialist can visit your classroom and teach about the environment. Classroom presentations are designed to meet science indicators and may also integrate social studies, mathematics and language arts. Longer presentations are hands-on and shorter ones may include a worksheet, story, craft or game. CONTESTS The District offers recycling contests and prizes throughout the school year. Teachers, educators and youth leaders are encouraged to participate in our education contests. Be sure to place reminders on your student planning calendar for due dates and environmental-based holidays. See our contests. Lesson Plans Our educator provides lesson plans and classroom activities for teachers, educators and student organizations including: Composting Lesson Litter Prevention Lesson Municipal Solid Waste Lesson Pollution Lesson Recycling Lesson Lessons have been adapted from: Reduce, Reuse Recycle, Sandra Ford Grove and Dr. Judi Hecktman Creative Teaching Press, 1996. Super Savers Investigators, ODNR, DRLP, 1995. Investigating Solid Waste Issues, David Landis ODNR, DRLP, 1994. Keep Middletown Beautiful, Activity Guide Pre-K to 3 grade, Lynn Getter, 2000. Professional Development Hands-on interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, conference sessions and presentations are available for teachers, youth leaders and non-formal educators. Most workshops are held at no cost to the participant. See more about professional development. Recycling Education Resources Newsletter Our educator issues a quarterly Recycling Education Resources newsletter about recycling education, environmental-based contests and sustainable projects happening in Northeast Ohio and Cuyahoga County. Register here. Environmental Resources 100% Recycled Paperboard American Forest and Paper Association* Connecticut Plastics Container Recycling Institute Corrugated Packaging Council Earth Day Groceries Project Eco-cycle* EPA Material and Waste Management Glass Packaging Institute* Go Green Initiative Grassroot recycling network Keep American Beautiful* National Association for PET Container Resource* National Recycling Coalition Solid Waste Association of North America Steel Recycling Institute* The Recycled Products Purchasing Cooperative (RPPC) The US Composting Council USEPA Waste-Free Lunches Wyland Ocean Challenge* Links for Teachers Websites of interest featuring reduce, reuse, recycle and other topics for educators. American Forests Big Green Green Help Toolkit Department of Energy Digital Library for Earth System Education Earth Watch Institute Environmental Health Watch Energy Education EPA Global Warming Site* Food, Land and People* Green Seal Green Squad The Groundwater Foundation High School Environmental Center Institute for local self reliance Kids Gardening Site* Leopold Education Project* National Museum of Natural History National Wildlife Federation* Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Population Education* Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Rocky Mountain Institute Sierra Club* The Center for the New American Dream The National Arbor Day Foundation* Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation Union of Concerned Scientists - Confronting Climate Change* USDA Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency U.S. Geological Survey: National Map What's Up With Our Nation's Waters? Zero Waste America Zero Waste Alliance * Teacher resource page or kit available.