Just like that, the world of education has been turned on its head.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think outside the box to deliver the best education possible to our students. For many reading this newsletter, the last few weeks have been spent navigating unchartered territory, whether its practicing "social distancing" or figuring out how to move your classroom to the computer.
At GSNN, we are taking several steps to support you in this uncertain time.
First, we have created a
GSNN Community Facebook Group
where you can ask questions, share
resources, and provide support to fellow group members. This is a public group, so anyone can join.
Our GSNN PD Collaborative Partners have assembled some excellent resources for teachers and students to facilitate virtual learning. Here's just a few examples of what they have to offer:
Strategic Energy Innovations:
Distance Learning Resources (includes curriculum covering water conservation, transportation and climate change, and energy audits)
GSNN is also vetting and assembling a "best of the best" list of preK-12 curriculum and resources for educators to tap into. We will be holding a webinar on April 15 from 4-5pm ET to highlight these resources and answer your questions. You can register for this webinar here. Stay tuned - we'll be sharing more resources over the next few months
Shifting gears, this month's blog featured stories that
explore how schools are using the built environment as a teaching tool, from using the playground to teach mathematical concepts, to using a building's design features as inspiration for real-world engineering projects, to planning and installing a solar array to power a school's science department. The article, Math on the Playground, has some great ideas that can be adapted by students and their families for learning at home!
Of course, you can't be there to support and educate your students if you don't take care of yourself. Take the time to engage in activities that make you healthy and happy. Find ways to practice compassion for neighbors, friends, and loved ones. Take heart knowing we are in this together and will come out stronger if we stick together and care for one another.
We are thinking of you,