Social Justice Resources

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GSNN has identified a selection of social justice resources that you can apply to your sustainability curriculum, as well as your teaching practice.

The Path Forward: Why Whole School Sustainability Matters in a COVID-19 World

In this special issue of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterlywe explore the vital role that green, healthy, and sustainable schools will play in a COVID-19 world and why education for sustainability is an investment in the future of education.

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.

Leading Green Schools

Online Course

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.

Leading the movement in creating green,
healthy, sustainable K-12 schools

Schools and Districts

Schools and districts in every state that are leading the charge to become green, healthy sustainability models.

Membership

Show your support for transformational change for green schools everywhere.

Catalyst Quarterly

The only peer reviewed publication dedicated to green, healthy, sustainable K-12 schools.

Race in America: A Counselor-Educator’s Approach to Culturally Relevant Teaching

By. Qiana Spellman, Ed.M. As educators, we often find ourselves searching for ways to make students’ educational experiences more valuable. We contemplate how to create new initiatives, which programs we can enhance, or what classes we can improve. This is especially...

There’s More to Our Lives: Reflecting on the Materials We Select to “Culturally Relevantize” Our Curricula

By. Shamari Reid I arrived late. As a non-native New Yorker, I had confused the train schedules and platforms yet again. Just as I did on my first day living in New York City, I got on the express train when I should’ve boarded the local. I was going to be late. And...

You Can’t Be Culturally Responsive Without Being Responsive

By. Dr. Rachael Mahmood When I first learned about multicultural education in college, I was very excited to start including my students’ backgrounds in the lessons I taught. I, too, come from cultures that aren’t often included in curricular stories or...

Restorative Discipline: Classroom Management for Equity and Justice

By. Heather Cunningham, Ph.D. This past summer, many people in the U.S. and worldwide became more aware of the grave injustices Black Americans face on a daily basis. This awakening has led many educators to ask themselves, “What can I do personally to make my...

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...

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.