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“The Authentic Exploration Matters Educator Retreat was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my 27 years of teaching! We were provided with opportunities to experience real life applications to real world problems. And we were provided with the resources to take these same lessons back to our classrooms and share what we learned with our students. This retreat gave me hope. I am not in this alone. Being able to collaborate with other teachers, who are just as passionate as I am, if not more.... was the biggest blessing. My teacher's soul has been reignited. Words will never be able to express my gratitude for being a part of this retreat.”
“As a teacher, my number one goal is to make a positive impact on my students and peers. The AEM Educator Retreat focused on empowering us to do exactly that in the vital areas of sustainability and STEAM. I loved the model of working closely with like minded teachers across varied grade levels and subjects. This experience also connected us with respected and change making non-profit organizations that we can bring into our classrooms. I am so excited to use these tools to inspire and spark the inquisitiveness and innovation of my students so that they will thrive in their educational journey now, and in the future.”
As a visual arts teacher, the AEM Retreat gave me the insight into marine ecosystems I needed to to make the visual arts, coupled with science, a conduit students will feel empowered to use as a creative path to not only understand Florida environments, but to also explore solutions to current environmental crises. I was so inspired to meet young, optimistic marine biologists from The Marine Lab and The Coral Restoration Foundation that are dedicated to protecting our Florida waters. With a group of incredible educators on this retreat, we collaborated on bringing concrete experiences to our school communities that will inspire our students to seek their own adventures out in nature, to understand the connections they have with their Florida environments, and to foster a sense of awareness and action that they can make choices and real changes that positively impact the environment. "
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