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One-Hour Workshops: Environmental Sustainability

Become more "green" and less wasteful.

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Start a School-Wide Green Movement to Reduce Waste

      Oceanic 5

      Learn how Stuff-ology, a multidisciplinary sixth grade unit, uses concepts in physical science, math, technology, and social movements to engage students in developing sustainable solutions for their community. Identify the tools and timelines that can empower students to lead a large scale coordinated movement across multiple school divisions.
      Carlos Charriez, Wilmington Friends School (DE)
      The Classroom Experience
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  • Block 2 (Thursday, February 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
    • Environmentally Sustainable Schools: Theory and Practice

      Asia 2

      What systemic changes are needed to transform schools all children can attend a green, healthy, and sustainable school? Uncover the leadership and instruction required to create environmentally sustainable schools, and examine the state of environmental sustainability revealed by a series of regional surveys among NAIS schools.
      Paul Chapman, Inverness Associates (CA); Jaimie Cloud, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education (NY)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • Protostar: Putting Metrics to Your Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Thanks to the E.E. Ford Foundation, nine schools have developed Protostar, a mechanism adapted from the higher education sector for measuring progress in many areas of school life related to sustainability. These include curriculum, climate planning, and public engagement; as well as land, water, and energy use. Learn how your school can track its sustainability progress using Protostar.
      Josh Hahn, The Hotchkiss School (CT); Sam Kosoff, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Frank Barros, The Berkshire School (MA)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • More than Food: Secrets to Creating a Sustainable Foodservice

      Oceanic 1

      Discover how your cafeteria can be an alternative revenue source while aligning nutrition, sustainability, curriculum, and community at the same time. Explore Nardin Academy’s experience working with Beyond Green, a sustainable foodservice consultancy, to build a holistic food program that is about more than quality food.
      Greg Christian, Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners (IL); Leslie Johnson, Nardin Academy (NY)
  • Block 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
    • Going All in: The Ins and Outs of Creating a Digital Curriculum

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      After years of paper packets and handouts, this team went fully digital with its fourth grade social studies curriculum. No more textbooks, no more copies. Every piece of paper was made available on the iPad in iBooks Author and other digital resources. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of a fully digital curriculum.
      Tim Sheehan, Andrew Schneider, and Amanda Schirmacher, The Latin School of Chicago (IL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Green Ribbon Schools: Innovating for Environmental Sustainability

      Asia 2

      In 2013 the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program recognized seven NAIS schools. Hear several of these pioneering schools present their innovative achievements. Learn the process to apply for Green Ribbon Schools recognition and how this program helps schools develop more sustainable facilities, operations and curriculum.
      Paul Chapman, Inverness Associates (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Frank Barros, Berkshire School (MA); Jill Robinson, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH); Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, The Evergreen School (WA)
      Leadership Development
    • Targeting Less and Expecting More in Schools

      Europe 2

      Every component is a teachable opportunity. This project displays water management, energy use, and incorporates found materials – wood from site trees, leftover stone from yards – contributing to a story that ties to region, reuse, and reduced footprint. Educators have embraced building sustainable strategies for a new curriculum.
      Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio with Sacred Heart Schools (CA)
      The Classroom Experience
  • Block 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • Connecting Educators to STEM Through Disney's Global Conservation Efforts

      Southern Hemisphere II

      Connect students to innovative science and technology using conservation stories from Disney's Animal Kingdom® and the Disneynature film Bears. Learn from experts how to develop students' critical problem-solving and science and technology skills. Hands-on wildlife tracking activities provide ways for students to think in new ways about conservation in their own lives.
      Lizabeth Fogel, Disney (CA); Allyson Atkins, Disney's Animal Kingdom (FL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • How Your Facilities Can Enhance Your Sustainability Leadership

      Europe 1

      Most schools today are making an effort to lower costs and go green, but are you going about it uniquely and efficiently? Exploring your campus through the nuts and bolts can lay the foundation for thoughtful decision-making and pave the way for great innovation. Learn how your facilities can bring your constituents together and lead your campus towards sustainability.
      John Tuke, The Hotchkiss School (CT); Darren Cassel, The Stone House Group (PA)

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