Welcome Back! A letter from our Executive Director

Back to school this fall is, well, complex. There have been years when I’ve pulled up some of my previous “back to school” letters and made a few tweaks. That’s not possible this year. We are in a state of adaptation.

Rethinking School Transportation for a Sustainable Future

In the Summer 2020 Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, learn how Safe Routes to School programs and innovations in school transportation systems are changing the way we think about the daily commute to school.

Curated Virtual Learning Resources

Green Schools National Network remains steadfast in its commitment to provide K-12 schools and districts with the resources and support they need to educate for sustainability during this time of virtual learning. We have assembled a selection of age-appropriate lessons from our PD Collaborative Partners and others that are well-suited for virtual learning. 

From Our Executive Director: Equity and Justice Lead to Sustainability

Recent events have forced us to face that racism, police brutality, and systemic inequities continue to prevail. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others are symptoms of the unsustainable nature of our relationships. Over the past couple years, our partners have been pushing us to incorporate and lift up equity as a key focus of our work…

Leading Green Schools

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Want to learn more about whole school sustainability? Green Schools National Network and Auburn University have co-developed the first online learning resource for education leaders who aspire to lead with sustainability in mind.

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Catalyst Quarterly

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Merging Math and Project-Based Learning in a Virtual Classroom

By. Sanch Lawrence I vividly remember my last in-person class before COVID-19 upended school as we know it. It was March 13, 2020, the day before Pi day. I was teaching a lesson on simplifying a rational expression to my eleventh-grade Algebra 2 students at Clara...

Project-Based Learning Can Make Remote Learning More Meaningful

By. John Larmer Last spring’s experience of “emergency remote teaching” left many students feeling disengaged from their education. Removed from their classrooms and classmates and missing face-to-face interaction with teachers, it was hard to find the motivation to...

Of Pivoting and Plastic

By. Melanie Master   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #124, Summer 2020. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

The Fundamental Importance of Integrating Equity into Sustainability Curriculum

By. Sari Beth Rosenberg To create a sustainable future, we need to create equal opportunities for all. Education is an important tool in this mission. Goal Ten of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is “reducing inequalities.” Yet, the equity component of...

Tackling Food Waste and Food Insecurity During a Pandemic: A Student-Led Approach to a Community Food Crisis

By. Natalia de los Ríos Hot, cheesy pizza sliding into the trash can – that’s how my journey into food waste and food insecurity began. During my ordinary pre-COVID-19 high school life, I often arrived at the supermarket after a sports practice or a game just in time...

Adaptation in the Time of COVID-19: Making Big Decisions to Ensure Equitable Access to Virtual Learning

By. Dr. Kay Sturm As I write this, teachers are preparing for the unknown landscape of virtual or hybrid education in the 2020 – 2021 school year. For many teachers, summer was cut short from an average two-month to a hopeful one-month reprieve, with preparations,...

Reimagining the Potential for Virtual Learning: Lessons Learned from a Place-Based, Experiential High School Program

By. Andy Barker As Project Director of an immersive, place-based, experiential high school program, I was as unprepared as anyone for school to shift online last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Vermont. I often say that our program, the Burlington City...

Welcome Back! A letter from our Executive Director

‘Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.’ –Stephen Hawking   Back to school this fall is, well, complex. There have been years when I’ve pulled up some of my previous “back to school” letters and made a few tweaks. That’s not possible this year. We are in...

Changing the Perspective on Implicit Bias in Education

By. Al Johnson There’s an elephant in the room that we need to talk about. It’s called implicit bias and it’s alive and well in our nation’s schools. In a nutshell, implicit bias refers to attitudes and stereotypes we unconsciously hold about people, ideas, and...

Social Justice and Language Arts

By. Christopher Greenslate   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #80, Winter 2007. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

In Search of Culturally-Sensitive Sustainability Policies and Programs

By. Jill Buck Is the Green Schools Movement Equitable? I don’t believe that any group involved in the green schools movement is intentionally insensitive to communities in Environmental Justice (EJ) areas or food deserts. I do believe that leaders of the movement...

Centering Environmental Justice at the Core of Curriculum: Lessons Learned from Addressing Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future

By. Kate Bartholomew I’ll admit. I am a neophyte right now. While I’ve been an educator for over 20 years, last year was my first teaching ninth- and tenth-grade science at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, New York. Before that, my teaching career was spent in a...

Catalyst Schools and Districts

The Catalyst Network works with schools and school districts to document and replicate best practices that demonstrate how sustainability is driving innovation in K-12 education. Designed to demonstrate how educators are thinking beyond current models of high stakes tests and evaluation to engage faculty, staff, and students in problem solving, systems thinking, deep conceptual understanding, creativity, and innovation to implement sustainability initiatives.

Catalyst Schools and Districts

The Catalyst Network works with schools and school districts to document and replicate best practices that demonstrate how sustainability is driving innovation in K-12 education. Designed to demonstrate how educators are thinking beyond current models of high stakes tests and evaluation to engage faculty, staff, and students in problem solving, systems thinking, deep conceptual understanding, creativity, and innovation to implement sustainability initiatives.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is a peer reviewed digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools. It explores issues in-depth, including qualitative and quantitative research, and includes columns that report on and explore emergent issues.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is a peer reviewed digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools. It explores issues in-depth, including qualitative and quantitative research, and includes columns that report on and explore emergent issues.

Membership

GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders (like you!) who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are transforming schools across the country.