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Engaging Students in Sustainability: Strategies for Buildings, Behavior, and Learning

Green Schools National Conference, February 23, 2013

Stephanie Barr

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of Engaging Students in Sustainability: Strategies for Buildings, Behavior, and Learning

SHW Group Douglas County School District Poudre School District
Fort Collins, CO Gloria Marshall Elementary X A B C 75% of participants changed their answer to C. This research underscores the important role that other people have upon our own behavior social norms School community collectively defines sustainability, establishing the foundation of their culture Engaging Students in Sustainability: Strategies for Buildings, Behavior, and Learning Student driven programs reduced energy consumption by 26% over four years, saving $11 million imagination & curiosity
academic excellence
community service
environmental responsibility
innovation Facilitates ongoing learning among members
Creativity & innovation is encouraged
Focus on learning, rather than teaching
Continuous improvement based on evaluation of outcomes "We all work together exploring the constructivist approach to learning and support each other towards a common goal." Encourages Creativity
Empowers - through giving up control and decision making
Efficacy - believe that change is possible Communication Defined Mission
Operation Policies
Staff support
Incentives, recognition Illustrates Commitment multisensory see, touch, hear, smell, taste accessible exposed, transparent, manipulate-able beautiful inspiring, unique, celebrating place intentional thoughtful to needs of program evolves practices
commitment to innovation
reaches out to the knowledge base
involvement of students, parents, and community traits Principles for Conservation Behavior Behavioral expectations are established
Conservation integrated into mission
Appropriate behavior is defined and modeled
Success is communicated
Leadership is encouraged at all levels J.E. Cross, Organizational Change for Energy Conservation J.E. Cross, Organizational Change for Energy Conservation J.E. Cross, Organizational Change for Energy Conservation professional learning community 21st century skills The Bertschi School Prairie Crossing Charter Pine Jog Elementary Learning Gate Community The Willow School Buckingham Elementary Red Hawk Elementary Kinard Middle Bacon Elementary Gloria Marshall Elementary Greybull Elementary Fossil Ridge High School “The bad leader is he who the people despise; the good leader is he who the people praise; the great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves”
Peter M. Senge Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication and Collaboration iPhone Apps
Education Technologies (Smart Boards)
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)
Free Online Education (Khan Academy) New Industries IT Departments
Book Publishing
Postal Service Obsolete in 20 years Prepare students to be
Resilient & Flexible We value and teach sustainability because our mission is very forward-thinking. Our students are learning how to live their future lives, and this principle will be critical to the success of their future society. Teacher, Bertschi School Teachers: "How do we teach for careers that don't even exist yet?" Social Norms, values, behavior are all a part of an organizational culture. Organizations can choose a new set of norms, values, & behaviors Believe that a sustainable future IS possible. First Second What is place? place /plās/ n. : the history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place - that is, the immediate schoolyard, neighborhood, town or community why polar bears aren't the best motivator. Social Justice Interconnectedness Systems Thinking Global Citizenship Cycles Place Respect for Limits What grows well in our climate?
What is the history of agriculture in our community? { responsibility on learner Buckingham School VMDO Architects Brian Dunbar Institute for the Built Environment Colorado State University How can we engage students in school sustainability, meet curriculum standards, and teach 21st century skills? Kansas City Academy How do our choices effect our consumption? >> Survey of cafeteria food choices, analysis of impact >> KCA Garden What is the difference between the industrial food cycle and the local food cycle? >> Cafeteria food sourcing, local grocery stores Food. future focus connection to place active learning mission driven learning organization charismatic leadership engaging & active design progressive efficiency conservation behavior Teacher, Learning Gate Harris Bilingual Elementary
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