The Green Schools National Conference is a one of a kind event where thousands of professionals gather to share best practices and leading edge strategies around green schools and sustainability education. The growth of this movement is apparent in its impressive roster of keynote speakers including Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; the President of Stonyfield Farms, Gary Hirshberg; and National Environmental Activist, Laura Turner Seydel, to name just a few. This year, GEF is honored to offer a workshop highlighting the immense success of our online course and how our courses can bring sustainability education to the next level in schools nationwide, while offering educators the opportunity to earn affordable professional development and academic credit.
Before diving deeper into the conference workshops, let me provide a brief background as to why GEF launched GEF Institute and now offers sustainability concepts courses. Many educators, including our members, are highly motivated by personal interests to teach sustainability concepts in their classrooms, but they lack the resources and tools to do so with confidence and within budget. Furthermore, educators need training to properly introduce these important concepts in a way that is fun, engaging, and inspires positive action. And lastly, materials and concepts being taught must be easily aligned with their school’s standards and STEM education goals. Our mission is to meet these needs, and more, by providing high quality, affordable sustainability education in online and classroom versions that is eligible for credit toward a degree or professional license.
We’re thrilled to announce the overwhelmingly positive results of our online course pilot, and that we have met our goals and those of educators. During our conference workshop the author of our first course, Ben Wheeler, and GEF’s CEO, Victoria Waters, will walk through the unique features that made course participants confident in their ability to integrate new sustainability concepts into their classrooms. Through thought provoking activities and discussion, we hope attendees will have a solid understanding of our definition of sustainability education and why it’s a critical component to any curriculum program in K-12 schools.
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The conference is all about solutions and providing the impetus for attendees to move forward with their own initiatives and projects around sustainability education and school greening strategies. In the spirit of driving solutions, Victoria will be joining colleagues on an exciting panel all about results. The ‘Making the Case: Connecting Green and Healthy Schools with Student Achievement’ solutions summit on Tuesday afternoon is set to ignite lively conversation. Summit participants will explore how to effectively make the case for green schools as a beneficial reform model by identifying needs for specific evidence and research. The future is looking greener and more sustainable every day!
To reach myself, Ben, or Victoria during the conference please call 888-668-2298.Post by Molly Hislop, GEF Program and Marketing Director