March 2016 News

In This Issue
Educator Resources
Green Schools Shout Out
Applications for SAEEE Awards
Applications for PAEMST Awards
National Healthy Schools Day
National Environmental Education Week
Greening Your 21st Century School
Conferences
Programs and Competitions
Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Grant Opportunities
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Spring is almost here and that means a very busy time for Green Schools! We are excited to be attending and presenting at this months Annual Green Schools Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. Followed by the SWEEP Conference in Vermont and then our own Green Schools Summit. 

FYI: Don't forget to save the date for our Annual Green Schools 2016 Green Difference Awards

8th Annual Green Difference Awards
May 27, 2016
MA State House - Great Hall
More Information Coming Soon..

Educator Resources from Eversource
Educators, would you say you are struggling with creating an environment where students can experience real life challenges and do it at their own pace to maximize the learning experience? Or how about having the proper materials due to budget constraints? Even struggling with becoming the facilitator and letting the student self guide to the answers? Eversource offers programs to educate students on energy efficiency and energy conservation There are 3-4 lessons that are curriculum based and that are at no cost to the school or you.

Watts-Ville is a 30 minute interactive life-size board game where the class will be in two teams and to advance each team will have to answer energy-based questions. For a video about Watts-Ville, click here.


 For more information visit eversourceinschool.com, email eversourceschoolprogram@eversource.com or call 1.617.929.8600
A Green Schools Shout Out!
Congratulations to Denise Scribner of Eisenhower High School for being named the 2015 Kansas Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator of the Year! 

Eisenhower High School, Goddard School District #265 (KS) won the spring of 2015 Eco Schools Green Flag Award and was named one of the top 10 Eco Schools in the National November 2015!

Denise Scribner (far left) during an annual Celebrate Earth event 

Online Applications are Open for 2016 Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in collaboration with the Secretary's Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) conducts an annual award program to recognize schools and teachers (K-12 ) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools.

Online Application Deadline March 30, 2016
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. 
 
Please consider nominating an exceptional K-6 teacher this year. (Nominations for teachers who teach grades 7-12 will be open next year.)  
 
The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016 and the deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.  Click for more information on nominations and applications. Click for materials to help spread the word about PAEMST.
National Healthy Schools Day 2016

It's never too early to start planning for this year's National Healthy Schools Day on April 5, 2016! 

If you already have planning in the works, don't forget to register your activity so we can add it to our Activities Map.
National Environmental Education Week 2016
Celebrate Environmental Education for All!

What: NEEF's National Environmental Education Week; "Greening STEM: Rooted in Math"
When: April 17-23, 2017 (Earth Day is April 22!)
Where: Nationwide! Register your EE event
Greening Your 21st Century School 
 
Manchester Essex Regional School District Green Team and Green Scholars are happy to announce their 2016 training session: Greening Your 21st Century School

May 6, 2016 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School

The principle goals of this training are to learn how to:
  1. Implement exemplary and sustainable practices in your K-12 school
  2. Reduce environmental impact and costs
  3. Provide experiential environmental education designed to learn many disciplines including STEAM subjects, develop leadership and civic skills, and hone critical thinking skills
Conferences


Attend the Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) to learn, collaborate and celebrate!         
 
GSCE brings together green schools thought leaders and champions to advance the shared mission of green schools for all within this generation.
 
March 31-April 1, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
An Education Summit for Empowerment & Action
Hosted by VT SWEEP, on April 9, 2016 at Montpelier High School, Montpelier, Vermont.

This summit aims to bring together formal and non-­formal K­-12 educators to share best practices that inspire hope, empowerment and action in the face of climate change. 


The 2016 Green California Summit and Expo comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 21-22. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Summit will highlight strategies, technologies and best practices that are essential to the attainment of California's green goals. Discover 100 companies with green products and services. Attend keynote presentations, education sessions, leadership awards and an opening reception on April 20. Pre-Summit training on April 20 will 2016 CALGreen and Energy Code updates and Zero Net Energy buildings. Group discounts available. Expo, keynotes, opening reception and Leadership Awards are free. For more information, visit www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.


BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
April 26-29, 2016
Palm Springs, CA
 
The BOOST Conference is the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.


11th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
June 21-24, 2016, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
The 2016 Summer Institute will focus on our newest middle school curriculum resource: Next Generation Climate. 
Programs and Competitions

Students between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to participate in the national Young Reporters for the Environment competition. The competition asks students to investigate an environmental issue and report on it choosing one of three different media types: writing, photography or video.  Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Learn More

Join the AMP it up! Challenge - MA Students Only
The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to create a 3-minute video about an advanced manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. Student must select a product made in Massachusetts. Learn More

The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) is a people's movement offering practical environmentally sustainable actions following the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. We are looking for schools in coastal cities, where the pupils should simply write their commitment to reducing polluting carbon dioxide (CO2) gas on a piece of paper of 8 x 12 cm. We are inviting 1,000,000 school children in 100 coastal cities from around the world to submit these papers. We would then gather and unveil these at the UN in Switzerland on June 17 as part of an international climate campaign. Learn More
Applications Open for Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

ELIGIBILITY
The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:
  • between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.
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The  12 Pathways to Greening Your School are designed for you to use September - June (1-10) with two serving as year-round learning tools. But, you can put them in any order that aligns with your program. 

March's theme is Atmosphere and Climate.  Here are a few resource highlights:
 
Guides and Curricula 

Games

Videos

If you'd like to have access to all of these Pathways please become a FREE MEMBER NOW!
Grant Opportunities
CREDO will grant up to $500 to 50 activists or local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community

A curated collection of thousands of grants and awards and grant writing resources

Grants, awards, and contests created for teachers

Resources for finding grants, grant writing, and fundraising for schools
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Robin Organ

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