4th Annual Green Schools National Conference
March 26-29, 2014
Green Schools National Network
Join Antioch University New England’s David Sobel and many others for one of the largest national gatherings of ‘green school’ administrators, advocates, designers, operations managers, teachers, students and parents.
David Sobel will be presenting in the workshops:
- Curriculum that Advances a Sustainable Future
- From Here to There…Place-Based Education in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities
- Bringing Sustainabilty Education Home
Visit the conference website for a complete listing of
workshops and registration.
Michael Hershiser, Grades 5 and 6
Prairie Crossing Charter School, Prairie Crossing School District, Illinois
Antioch University New England alum, Michael Hirshiser’s students examine the food system and its impacts on the environment, learn about water resources and conservation, study sustainability and their own environmental impact, and explore local habitats and ecosystems through outdoor field studies. Students engage in research and problem-solving around real-world environmental issues, such as stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflow. When they discovered the effect of runoff on their community, Michael helped the students formulate a plan to raise money to purchase rain gutters and barrels while at the same time helping others to limit their runoff. They raised just over $3000 through the sale of painted rainbarrels, and the school board matched the funds. Students in Michael’s food system unit participate in sustainable food production on campus and eat local, healthy options. He created backpack lessons to help other teachers use the outdoors as a classroom as well. Through his work, he aims to help students realize the interconnectedness of life and how their own choices impact the greater world.
Check out Michael and other USGBC Trailblazer Teachers here:
Here’s more ore evidence that Nature-based Education is catching on as an organizing theme for pre-schools and early elementary classrooms! Kaitlin Mulhere recently wrote about Nature-based Programs in the Keene Sentinel newspaper:
Four-year-old Myles Alderfer waddles in his snow pants from the goats’ pen toward the trickling creek. In his small hands he holds a yellow bucket, as tall as his knees and half-filled with water. A little bit sloshes out of the bucket with each step he takes…
Read the whole article by Kaitlin Mulhere about Nature -based Education in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire here:
Nature-based Education Programs Gaining Popularity in Area
IN THE BACK OF THE FARMHOUSE at Drumlin Farm Community Preschool in Lincoln sit five chickens surrounded by a gaggle of preschoolers — eyes wide, waiting. The teacher opens the egg box door, and the students, staying slow and small like they were taught, peer in…
Click here to read the whole October 6 article by Melinda Penda as it appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine featuring Antioch’s David Sobel and the new Nature-Based Early Childhood Program.
Laura White fosters a sustainable learning environment in her Stoddard, New Hampshire classroom by connecting with families and students before school starts.
Laura recognizes that meeting students’ developmental needs requires a systems way of thinking and connecting. By visiting families in their homes prior to school starting she honors how students are nested in multiple communities of home, classroom, school, and town.
Read the whole story in this feature article from the Keene Sentinel newspaper:
How wonderful that we have such an articulate example of educating for sustainability from Antioch EFS alumna Mona Dalmia! Check out Mona’s classroom at the Green School, Bali, in the video below.
Mona’s classroom illustrates several aspects of organizing a classroom in ways that honor principles of sustainability.
- The curriculum takes advantage of the community the school is nested in.
- Her animal unit interconnects across content areas.
- She honors student development through multiple assessments
- And Mona fosters a flow of critical dialogue in the classroom that inspires and challenges her students.
Nestedness, interconnectedness, development, and flow, these are elements of sustainable natural systems. Mona’s attentiveness to these principles is an acknowledgement that a classroom is a natural living system, an ecology. An ecological system where the interactions the students, the teacher, and the whole learning environment come together to form a dynamic, sustainable learning environment in the classroom.
Check out Mona’s EFS blog here
And many thanks to Make Change TV for producing this video.
Wondering how to educate for sustainability in an urban school? How to garden in an asphalt playground? Or how to foster a commitment to sustainability in your school whether urban, suburban, or rural? You need to check out the video and links below.
Education Outside educates for sustainability in San Francisco schools. They do more than make school gardens, they connect students, teachers, parents, and administrators to nature and to the principles of sustainability that govern our world.
Get inspired! Check out their new video below and visit them at Education Outside.