ACES Ed: A Science Classroom Without Boundaries
February 17, 2014
Did you know that Colorado is ranked 36th in state government per capita spending on K-12 education? Add to that statistic that the U.S. has been ranked 48th out of 144 developed countries in quality of math and science education, and a troubling portrait emerges.
Given the scale of environmental problems our world faces, science literacy has never been more important. It is critical that our society be able to make the informed decisions necessary to manage an ever more complex world; where the ecosystem services human survival is dependent upon are threatened.
ACES’ core work is to build ecological literacy in our community and to spread the word about our unique model of environmental education. In a time of limited education funding, ACES works with 42 regional schools to provide programming that inspires joy for learning and lays the foundation for love of science.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of articles about ACES Ed, the in-school and field programs ACES has been offering the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 35 years. Thank you for learning about our important work!
~ Chris Lane, CEO
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Since 1975, ACES has provided educational programming for regional students, adding full-time programs at both Basalt Elementary and Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary in the past two years. While Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors may be familiar with ACES’ naturalist programs and events, many may not be familiar with the non-profit’s educational initiatives.
“Aspen Center for Environmental Studies provides science education programs for 42 schools from Aspen to Rifle and is the backbone of science curriculum in three local elementary schools,” notes ACES’ CEO Chris Lane. “ACES Ed has fostered generations of ecologically literate citizens through hands-on exploration of the sciences and access to our outdoor environment. Our curriculum is highly integrated with that of the schools to support under-funded public programs stressed to meet increasing standards set by the state.”
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For more information about ACES Ed, please contact Arin Trook, Education Director for ACES, at 970-925-5756 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here.