Greening the Classroom and the Curriculum
Ecoliteracy - education for sustainable living. Place-based ecoliteracy curriculum, edible schoolyards, the connections among food, culture, health and the environment, and the Leave No Child Inside movement are some exciting ideas you will explore in this workshop on taking your curriculum green.
Learn how to design and deliver a curriculum that integrates ecoliteracy into a project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum that meets all the standards (exceed them, actually!), promotes nutrition, physical fitness, civic literacy, service learning, financial literacy, media literacy and more.
Project-Based - Create the ultimate 21st century curriculum - relevant, rigorous and real-world - as your students engage in projects ranging from gardening and cooking, to multimedia production, to scientific investigations related to the environment.
Integrated and Real World - Discover how an integrated curriculum and enriched school environment link student learning and well-being and enhance student understanding about the natural world. As John Dewey said more than 100 years ago, school lessons should be tied to the values and skills of the “real world”.
Content Standards - Find out how to design a school, a classroom and a curriculum that is good for children AND ensure that, in this era of NCLB, content standards and 21st century knowledge and skills are learned to higher levels. From school gardens, kitchen classrooms, and the lunch room to biodiversity, the environment, cultures, history and more – the content and connections are all there. See real-world examples of what schools around the United States and the world are doing. Receive an up-to-date list of excellent resources and current research to help you design your unique Green School and Classrooms.
Attend this one-day institute to learn the answers to these and other questions:
- What is "green" education?
- How can I teach STEM subjects through a "green" curriculum?
- How can my students meet their content standards and achieve high test scores through "green" education?
- How do the new Common Core State Standards support education for sustainability?
- How can I use "green" education to create a 21st century classroom?
- How can our classroom and school be more "green"?
- What are some specific activities and projects I can do with my students to teach about nutrition, food, gardening, and various environmental issues - from health, transportation, and sustainable design to alternative energies and more?
- See examples of what other schools, teachers, students and communities are doing to make their education rigorous, relevant and real-world through Green Education.
- Join our upcoming global, collaborative classrooms project - Food and Culture!