The 2020-21 school year may have been the most unconventional and taxing that teachers, school staff, students and their parents have ever experienced. Whole school communities have struggled with health, safety, security, fear, loss, finances and other social and emotional threats, all while attempting to continue learning while being physically distanced from colleagues and classmates. Taking time to connect with one another and the world around us has never been more important.
With the end of the school year in sight, now is a great time for teachers to engage their students in learning that helps nurture and restore their bodies and minds. The warming weather allows for more outdoor learning, more vitamin D and more opportunities to be inspired by the regeneration that takes place each spring. It's the perfect time to incorporate sustainability into lessons and activities that take place indoor and out, and in doing so, to feel a greater connection to the world around us.
Education for sustainability has also been found to develop and enhance conscientiousness, perseverance and concern for others, as well as thinking and problem-solving skills, as documented by Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
For the third year in a row, the Center for Green Schools and our network of partners are pleased to provide free K–12 sustainability lessons throughout the month of May as part of our #TeachGreen campaign. We hope teachers, students and parents take advantage of these exceptional lessons—tell us on social media how you implemented them in your school and why it's important to you to #TeachGreen.
Starting May 1, visit learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/teachgreen to find free lessons that you can use to inspire students about the world around them. Before the end of May, teach a lesson and share your experience on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #TeachGreen and #K12LearningLab. #TeachGreen aims to show educators how just one lesson can make a positive impact on students and how much fun sustainability education can be.