From the Executive Director: Preparing Students for College, Careers, and Civic Engagement
 
This past November, our country witnessed a hotly contested election that has left our nation deeply divided.  Since the election, I have had many conversations with teachers and principals concerned about the election's outcome and what it means for them and their students.  My message to them has been to use this as an opportunity to engage their students in authentic learning by providing opportunities to study the issues they are most interested in and share their findings and solutions with their local and state leaders. 
Changing the Future of Education: SchoolsNEXT Winners Lead Us into the Future

Barbara Worth, Director of Strategic and Private Development for the Association for Learning Environments, gives an overview of the SchoolsNEXT program and provides snapshots of the seven 2016 finalist teams and their projects. 
Green School Graduates Find Pathways to Power, Persistence

Joel Tolman, Director of Impact and Engagement at Common Ground, relates how green schools support college and career success, as well as lessons learned, through the voices of former Common Ground students.  
Center for a Sustainable Future in Lenawee County Sets Students on Path to College and Careers

Emma Brooks, Johanna Lentz, and Casey Muck of the LISD TECH Center in Adrian, Michigan share how the school's Center for a Sustainable Future is preparing its students for college and careers by introducing them to opportunities through their Agri-Tech, Natural Resources, and Horticulture programs. 
Interdisciplinarity: The Key to Success in a Green Career

Holly Mayton, PhD candidate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, shares how her educational experiences as a student at Virginia Beach City Public School's Mathematics and Science Academy set the stage for her higher education and career choices.
Embracing College and Career Readiness at River's Edge Academy

Dr. Meg Cavalier, Executive Director at River's Edge Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, relates the approaches her school takes to prepare its students for college and careers, as well as shares several reflections from staff and a former student. 
Personalized Learning Inspires Student Success in Environmental Science: A Student Voice

Chris Freeman, AP Environmental Science Teacher at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia shares how implementing personalized learning in his STEM classes enables students to drive their learning and world views. BB Vincelette, a student in Mr. Freeman's class, shares her experience. 
District-Wide Sustainability in Anne Arundel County Inspires a Green School Culture

Melanie Parker, Coordinator of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland, shares how striving for green school certification in her state supports student learning and advancement through eco-friendly resources and curriculum. 
Experiential Science Transforms Teens

An integrated science program engages high school students in field studies that become transformative experiences in their lives.  Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher magazine and originally authored by Bob Sharp. 
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