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3M sponsors 48 teachers at Key Issues Institute

3M is sponsoring 48 teachers nationwide to attend The Keystone Center's "Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom." Among them are Jen Steidl and Joe Beattie, both teachers at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria.

Key Issues Institute is a national teacher training workshop that provides middle level educators with the process, skills and confidence to investigate current environmental issues in a non-biased manner with their students.

Each of the sponsored teachers will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Keystone, Colorado for one of three sessions being held in June and July. The sessions provide new teaching materials and methods for teaching environmental sciences.

The sponsored teachers are from many disciplines - math, science, social studies or environmental science - a reflection of 3M's commitment to promote an interdisciplinary science-based environmental and conservation education.

At the Key Issues Institute, teachers will practice investigative steps to identify issues and potential solutions in a simulated issue. They will also work in small groups and explore a local environmental issue as an example of how to involve their students in community issue investigations.

Through efforts like this, 3M seeks to help make a lasting impact on the earth's ecosystems and to further sustainable development.

3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. 3M Community Giving consists of product donations and cash grants by 3M and the 3M Foundation, bolstered by employee and retiree volunteerism.

The Keystone Center (TKC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1975 to ensure that present and future generations approach environmental and scientific dilemmas and disagreements creatively and proactively.

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