Connecting students, communities, and nature.

Groundswell is a coalition of community partners creating opportunities for hands-on environmental learning in West Michigan. We support educators who want to move beyond the classroom walls and teach students through exploring their own communities. Groundswell provides high-quality teacher training and funding for inquiry-based, student-led projects. Our students engage in real-world problem solving by identifying an environmental need in their community and working with local experts to solve that need.

 

Events

Summer Institute Aug. 2-4

August 2, 2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for our annual school year kickoff series of professional development for educators!  The Groundswell Summer Institute is designed to empower educators of all subjects, grades, and experience...

Summer Institute Aug. 2-4

August 3, 2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for our annual school year kickoff series of professional development for educators!  The Groundswell Summer Institute is designed to empower educators of all subjects, grades, and experience...

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Groundswell is seeking an enthusiastic student passionate about education and community betterment. Groundswell is a small office of dedicated staff that is seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working, and passionate student interested in education in our local community. This position will support Groundswell’s projects, programs, and experiences. This individual will be exposed to a variety of Groundswell experiences and stakeholders, as assigned by the Groundswell Manager. Opportunity for employment beyond the posted date may be available. Job responsibilities and expectations are listed below. 

  • Support and administer Groundswell’s educational components in a punctual and professional manner to K-12 educators, community partners, funders, GVSU staff and more 
  • Assist with planning and implementation of place-based education projects and activities on behalf of Groundswell’s programs 
  • Assist with teacher professional developments and volunteer trainings, including preparation of training materials and manuals 
  • Assist with developing and implementing new programs under the guidance of the Groundswell Manager 
  • Assist with activities as assigned for outreach events, affiliate meetings and events
  • Assist with other activities, as assigned
  • This position would require the student to work 8-12 hours weekly.
  • The student wages and expected hours for this position are posted in accordance with GVSU's On-Campus Wage Rates, Classification 6.

Groundswell - Underwriters Laboratories Innovative Education Award


Award Winner - Innovative Education

Groundswell won an Innovative Education Award from Underwriters Laboratories in 2018. This award recognizes organizations utilizing innovative approaches to create positive impacts on the community. The annual award is presented to five non-profits throughout the U.S. and Canada who advance E-STEM, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched the UL Innovative Education Award in 2014 to invest in programs that demonstrate effective educational benefits and community engagement in linking environmental focus to STEM education.



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