Virtual Learning for Sustainability, Family Outdoor Fun, and K-12 Entrepreneurship

Over the past month, we at GSNN have put a lot of thought into how we can best support our friends and partners, not just in the green schools movement, but in the greater K-12 education arena. Times like these necessitate a mid-course pivot and we are doing our part to rise to the occasion!
First, we have curated a selection of age-appropriate lessons from our PD Collaborative Partners and others that are well-suited for virtual learning. We vetted these resources against a set of criteria we developed that weighs aspects such as deeper learning, 21st century skill building, authenticity, and sustained inquiry using a real-world context. You can find these resources on our website. Check back often...we plan to add to this initial list as we identify more high-quality resources.
Second, we are co-hosting a webinar with the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, Envirolution, and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education that will provide an overview of professional development approaches, virtual resources, and upcoming workshops that are designed to help K-12 educators deepen their understanding of education for sustainability. The webinar will be from 4:00 - 5:30pm ET on May 12. You can register for the webinar here.
We know that the last month or so has been challenging for families as they've transitioned to working and learning from home. With that in mind, we posted some fun family activities on our blog to encourage kids and adults to explore the nearby nature that surrounds their homes. You can find a link to that post below, along with links to other blog articles from the past month. The topic for April was developing an entrepreneurship mindset and the set of articles highlighted in this newsletter span the gamut from coding and robotics to quick and easy DIY projects that are great for business-minded newbies.

Finally, we are working on a special issue of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly that will address how green, healthy, and sustainable schools will play a critical role in K-12 education in a post-COVID-19 world. More details to come!
We hope you are able to draw some inspiration from this newsletter to inform your practice and bring some joy into the lives of your students and their families. If there is anything we can do to help you navigate these challenging times, please let us know. We are here for you.
The GSNN Team
Feature Articles
Educating in an Uncertain World: Virtual Learning Resources for Sustainability-Minded Educators
Fun and Educational Outdoor Learning Experiences for Students and Their Families

Five Quick and Easy DIY Projects for Environmental Entrepreneurship

Girls Who Code Can Change the World  

The Next Best Thing: Preparing Students for Work in the 21st and 22nd Centuries  

A Reel-y Authentic Food Truck

Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher magazine. 
Learn with Green Schools National Network

Future Thinking PD Opportunities for Sustainability-Minded Teachers

When:  4:00 - 5:30pm ET on May 12, 2020 
Cost: Free!

Looking for opportunities to deepen your understanding of education for sustainability? This webinar is for you! Presenters from Green Schools National Network, Center for Green Schools at USGBC, Envirolution, and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education will provide an overview of professional development approaches, virtual resources, and upcoming workshops that are designed for future thinking K-12 educators who want to bring sustainability education to life in their classrooms.

Preparing Students for Green Careers

When: 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET on May 11, 2020
Cost: Free!

Growth in careers within environmental and sustainability fields is expected to trend upward for the foreseeable future. It's vital that educators prepare students to be leaders and innovators in these fields by equipping them with the skills needed to ideate, design, adapt, take risks, learn from mistakes, and collaborate with others. This webinar will feature two school districts that are giving students opportunities to hone these skills. Whitefish School District in Montana will share how their Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship offers students a fast track to a green future. Carson City School District in Nevada will discuss their strong CTE program and how it connects to many of the district's and city's sustainability initiatives.
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