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The EIC Model™
Environment as an Integrating Context for improving student learning


Description of SEER's Professional Services and Fees

     The following summarizes the professional services offered by the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) and associated fees. SEER's team of education professionals includes specialists in program planning, professional development, and program evaluation. This highly experienced team is available to work with your team of educators and planners to develop an implementation strategy that is unique to your needs.
     SEER is nationally recognized as the developer of the EIC Model™ (using the Environment as an Integrating Context for learning). SEER has provided professional development and technical support toward implementation of the
EIC Model™ to more than 700 schools in 14 states.
     SEER's team offers the following types of support:

Program design and implementation planning for the EIC Model™ and other Environment-Based Education (EBE) programs;
Professional development through SEER's EIC Model™ Implementation Institutes;
Keynote presentations, seminars, and webinars about the EIC Model™ and other topics associated with creating and supporting standards-based EBE programs;
Technical support in the implementation of the EIC Model™ and other EBE programs; and
Program evaluation related to the EIC Model™ and other EBE programs.


Program Design and Implementation Planning

     A SEER consultant will meet with your program's team to define a strategic plan for creating an Environment-Based Education (EBE) program for your school. SEER's consultant will help your team:

• Identify an education program design that meets site-specific needs;
• Determine your professional development needs and design an appropriate strategy;
• Decide about and engage the stakeholders who can support the implementation of the school's program;
• Identify technical resources and sources of community support; and,
• Develop a program evaluation strategy and design appropriate evaluation instruments and student assessment strategies.

Costs: Hourly rate of $125 for SEER's professional staff, plus associated travel expenses

Professional Development

     SEER's EIC Model™ Implementation Institutes are designed for teams of teachers and administrators of grade levels K-12. The institutes provide educational teams with minds-on, collaborative activities that are the tools for developing and implementing an EIC Model™ program in their schools. Generally, these institutes involve teams from multiple schools. SEER has also designed and conducted specialized EIC Model™ Implementation Institutes for individual schools and school districts.

Costs: 4-day EIC Model™ Implementation Institutes for:

30 or fewer participants: $9,000 (including materials) plus associated travel expenses
31-50 participants: $12,000 (including materials) plus associated travel expenses
51-70 participants: $15,000 (including materials)
plus associated travel expenses
71-100 participants: $18,000 (including materials) plus associated travel expenses

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Keynote Presentations, Seminars, and Webinars

    SEER's Director, Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman, is available on a limited basis to make keynote presentations about Environment-Based Education and his new book, Education and the Environment: Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts. He is also available to speak about SEER's research into the educational efficacy of the EIC Model™ and implementation of the State of California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI). [SEER served as the principal consultant to the State of California and led the development of the EEI curriculum.]
     Dr. Lieberman has provided keynote addresses to hundreds of educational organizations over the past 20 years. A brief biography is available at: Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman biography.

Costs: $2,000 plus travel

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Program Evaluation

     SEER's evaluators work with the local education team to construct a program evaluation plan. This evaluation process typically involves collecting and analyzing measures of progress toward fully implementing the EIC Model™. SEER's team also advises participating schools on which student achievement and behavioral data they might want to collect.
     SEER has also developed a framework for monitoring and assessing implementation of the EIC Model™. SEER's instruments are used for both formative and summative evaluations of progress toward implementing the EIC Model™. These tools subsequently become part of the schools’ improvement plans for evaluating the success of the EIC Model™ implementation process and student achievement results.
     SEER's EIC Model™ evaluation approach includes three key components:

• Self-evaluation rubrics;
• Stages of Concern questionnaire (SoC); and,
• Innovation Configuration instrument (IC).

     Self-evaluation Rubric The rubrics are organized around each of the educational components of an EIC Model™ program as well as considering leadership and community involvement processes. These rubrics establish standards for implementing the EIC Model™ allowing educators to: understand what is expected of them; outline implementation strategies; define performance; and, provide for ongoing program evaluation.
     Stages of Concern The Stages of Concern (SoC) instrument is a diagnostic tool created to explain the level of teacher buy-in and to propose ways to monitor and increase implementation of education innovations. The SoC instrument is used to measure how people feel about the innovation that they are expected to implement.
     Innovation Configuration The Innovation Configuration (IC) is a diagnostic methodology created to look at the way teachers actually implement innovations in educational practice. SEER worked with a staff consultant from the Southwest Regional Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) to develop an EIC Model™-specific Innovation Configuration instrument. This instrument helps SEER evaluate the qualities of various instructional practices as schools work to fully implement the EIC Model™.

     SEER can also design specialized program evaluation instruments to meet the individual needs of other organization's education programs. For example, SEER has designed evaluation strategies and instruments, as well as conducting program evaluations for First Hand Learning and Adopt A Watershed.

Costs: Hourly rate of $125 for SEER's professional staff, plus associated travel expenses

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Telephone: (858) 676-0272
Fax: (508) 462-8331

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