Resources

Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids is a guidebook from Shelburne Farms Sustainable Schools Project.  It is a civic engagement and service-learning framework that can be used across K-12 grade levels as well as community settings.

This is a national listserv for k-12 educators focused on the topic of education for sustainability. To join you must have a Google account. Check your spam settings to accept emails fromsustaink12@googlegroups.com 

The USPESD K-12 and Teacher Education sector steering committee produced this White Paper that defines and explains what is means to be educating for sustainability.

BIE has some amazing project-based learning resources, including many free, downloadable templates, graphic organizers, and rubrics. Their Project-based Learning Handbook is a great tool for educators.

The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) has a large collection of resources for educators, students, and the community.

Best known for their pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula, the Center for Ecoliteracy has some great EFS publications , as well as a comprehensive listing of other resources.

Clearing Magazine

A quarterly publication for K-12 and non-formal educators in the fields of natural resources, environmental ed, and place-based education. In addition to topical articles and book reviews, each issue contains lesson plans and activities appropriate for the classroom.

This website provides teachers, parents, and volunteers with ideas for using children's literature to introduce economics to children. They review new books from leading publishers and makes selections for "Book of the Month" and "Top Five" categories. Unlike many of the existing websites on economics education, EconKids focuses on younger students in elementary school.

The online collection of EFS articles and resources is curated by Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, Vermont.   It contains both Vermont and National articles, websites, and videos related to EFS. 

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This report describes the status of ESD in the US. Completed in 2009 as part of the work of the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes, it is one of ten national reports. It focuses on formal (schoolbased) education at the primary and secondary levels, addressing theoretical concerns as well as research results and the practical realities of American ESD.

"Tools to Reorient Education" offers K-12 teachers, administrators, and curriculum designers evaluative tools to identify potential changes to existing curricula in order to address sustainability.

Links to lesson plans and activities through the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE). Lessons available for grades PreK-12 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from energy to biodiversity

Find a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed.

This site includes lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities on energy-related activities to help you enhance your required curriculum by teaching your students the importance of green energy.

The EEK! curriculum teaches students about energy with hands-on, science-based, interdisciplinary lessons. Designed for students from Kindergarden to eighth grade with support materials are available online. These lesson plans encourage students to make informed choices about energy consumption. Theoretical concepts relating to energy production are woven into the materials.

The Department of Energy brings you lesson plans to teach your students the importance of green energy while enhancing your required curriculum. You'll find many creative lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities for grades K-12 on energy-related topics. Incorporate them into your classroom. Prepare your students for a greener future!

Facing the Future, out of Seattle, has some great curriculum on global issues and sustainability. Most of their resources are targeted at middle and high school, and have an environmental focus (though the units are integrated across other content areas). They have some great free resources, as well as some available for purchase.

Lots of great links to curriculum and other educator resources.

The K-12 lesson clearinghouse is the largest database of free sustainability lessons. Search by grade level, subject area or environmental area to find lessons, activities or audits that meet your classroom’s needs. Many lessons are aligned with national standards for science, social students and language arts. After using a lesson, be sure to rate it and write a comment. If you’ve developed your own lesson, you can add it to the Clearinghouse for others to use.

Global Exchange has a fantastic Fair Trade elementary curriculum unit called Sweet Smarts that focuses on cocoa and chocolate.

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council proudly introduces the Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program. The program encourages sustainable practices in classrooms to further the mission of creating green schools for everyone. Green classroom professionals advocate for healthier, more environmentally responsible places in which to work and teach.

Greening Forward How to Guides: Developed by teens, these documents are the foundation of their environmental leadership curriculum.

IDEA has a fabulous “Eduvation Library” where they share a wide variety of resources from a range sources.

Origins is the Midwestern regional provider of training in Responsive Classroom, as well as the creator of Developmental Designs, a framework for classroom management that extends the RC model to meet the developmental needs of students in grades 5-9. SSP believes that these practices are strongly aligned with EFS, and their use cultivates a strong sense of community and engagement for students.

The Orton Family Foundation website has a host of tools and resources. Check out the Planning Tool Exchange, which has some great community planning resources.

This website is a resource that provides inspiration and practical ideas for K-12 teachers who seek meaningful and authentic ways to embed learning in local places. This website offers a vibrant view of place-based education and curriculum design incorporates standards, Understanding by Design and transformational educational practice.

PEEC is aims to identify successful program characteristics that span place-based education programs. Their website has research, resources, tools, and reports on place-based education.

Project Look Sharp is a is a media literacy initiative out of Ithaca College, working to promote and support the integration of media literacy and critical thinking into curricula at all grade levels and across instructional areas. They have fantastic, free curriculum guides on a broad range of sustainability topics.

Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary education that incorporate strategies for classroom management and democratic decision-making. This model supports many facets of EFS.

Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project Education for Sustainability Starter Kit is a tool that schools can use to start the process of becoming a Sustainable School.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance has a bounty of social justice curriculum, as well as a magazine and professional development tools, available free of charge.

The Story of Stuff is a look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between environmental and social issues, and calls on us to create a more sustainable world.

Facing the Future has designed curricula for The Story of Stuff.

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe developed the Understanding by Design® backwards design framework that SSP using for curriculum design. They granted us permission to adapt their 2.0 template to incorporate the lens of sustainability (see Tools section, above).

VT-FEED works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, the role of Vermont farms and farmers, and good nutrition. They have a variety of helpful resources available on their website, including A Guide for Connecting Farms to Schools & Communities, A Guide for Farm to School Community Action Planning, and A Guide for Using Local Food in Schools.

Education for Sustainability White Paper

A white paper on Educating for Sustainability by the K-12 and Teacher Education Sector of the U.S. Partnership.

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is a leader in environmental education and offers professional development in EFS for educators.  They have recently published 

Wisconsin's Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools.