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Building a Just and Sustainable World November 2009
How many times have you heard your students comment, “What does this have to do with anything?” One way to make learning relevant and enjoyable for your students is through service-learning and connecting with community—local and beyond.
In this newsletter, YES! classroom tools, stories, and other resources provide powerful and practical ways to bring outside learning inside your classroom. I am delighted to feature the curriculum of Facing the Future, whose programs and service-learning opportunities prepare students for creating positive, healthy, and sustainable communities.
Lastly I want you to know about two new education outreach programs: the YES! Exemplary Essay Project, and the extension of our free one-year teacher subscription to include school librarians: Sign up today!
At "free schools," kids take ownership over their learning, deciding what they want to learn and when they want to learn it. They move and learn in a way that's natural to them. Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer knew she found her place to teach when she walked through the doors of Brooklyn Free School three years ago. See how Gia and BFS honor children's rights to be themselves and become the happy, healthy, and independent thinking people they are meant to be. Read Gia’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Starting with Place. Anthropology 101. Hands-on Sustainability. Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom. Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers. Local food in schools.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Lesson plans, publications, and service learning projects from Facing the Future are impressive because they promote academic rigor and student engagement in current issues, such as climate change, social justice, and peace. We are pleased to offer some of these outstanding resources: Livin' the Good Life ::
Service-Learning Framework ::
Climate Change Action Projects
Interested in participating? Read the program guide to see if your classroom is a good fit.
“I know most students would not admit to "enjoying" writing an essay, but the kids enjoyed this essay project—seriously! They liked the sociological aspect of it, the debates it generated, and especially how it transcended the political labels of "liberal" and "conservative."”
—Julie Ruth, 10th grade language arts teacher, West Valley H.S., Fairbanks, Alaska
Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to This I Believe.
The Corporation of Public Broadcasting’s “This I Believe” essay program offers lesson plans to walk your students through the process of writing personal essays. Give your students a voice and help them uncover what they truly believe.
NYLC, a leading organization in the service-learning movement, links youth, educators, and communities to empower young people. Join the movement, get service project ideas, and support your students in bringing change to their local community.
I Wish Someone Had Told Me
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