The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, published by Green Schools National Network, aims to push readers past the boundaries of typical classrooms by exploring the impacts of incorporating sustainability in and around schools. This quarter’s content focuses on using the “P”-based instructional strategies (phenomena-, project-, place- and problem-based learning) to challenge students to create a more sustainable future.
Here are a few highlights of the great stories in this quarter’s issue:
- Jenny Seydel and Jerry Lieberman use their experiences and case studies to demonstrate how the P4BL method—an integrative approach to all of the “P”-based instructional strategies—transforms learning environments to nurture student leadership and activism and create stronger ties to the curriculum.
- The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative uses place-based education (PBE) to reengage students in their education with projects addressing some Great Lakes resource issues. In their piece, a team from the initiative describes the successes from their approach and offers unique perspectives on using PBE to foster better school community relationships and environmental stewardship.
- Joel Tolman and the students of Common Ground High School (one of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service award winners) explore how creating an integrated curriculum led students to stronger connections with society and the environment.
- An Oregon high school student, Vidalia Flores, describes her perspective on a problem- and place-based learning program, Project Citizen, that led her to take action in her community. Through this experience, she realized that these types of education programs will help her generation to change the world.
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