GEF Institute is proud to announce the development of its Blueprint for Sustainability Literacy, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide for integrating sustainability into existing K-12 coursework, hassle-free!
With anthropogenic activities increasing the rate of environmental degradation and jeopardizing the well-being of communities worldwide, it’s becoming increasingly important to educate young students about their social responsibility towards efficiently managing their resources. The Blueprint aims to provide an easy and successful path for instructors to integrate these concepts into their classes by simply using ready-made GEF teaching tools and guidelines.
The Blueprint, upon its release, will be GEF’s go-to resource for teachers and schools of all grade levels looking to teach and learn sustainability concepts. By extracting some of the main concepts prevalent in national and Common Core standards for all teaching areas, including Science, English-Language-Arts, Social Studies and Math, the Blueprint aims to provide teachers with a holistic approach towards sustainability and how it can be incorporated into material they’re already teaching. The goal of this undertaking is to educate teachers on the relevance of sustainability in topics they’re familiar with, and to provide them with all the resources with which they can integrate this knowledge into their existing course load.
The finished Blueprint will offer an outline of relevant National and Common Core standards, a brief description of the concepts these standards aim to teach, how sustainability can be integrated into these concepts across all grades, and teaching tools, such as GEF lessons and learning content, that instructors can incorporate into their lesson-plans without having to do any additional work. GEF will also provide the option for teachers to take the Institute’s existing online courses to familiarize themselves with sustainability concepts and teaching methods should this be necessary.
This resource will be online and available to use in Fall 2012, offering a unique, necessary and easy way for teachers to educate their students on sustainability without increasing class time or creating new material.Post by Aditi Mishra, GEF Sustainability Blueprint Intern