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Building a Just and Sustainable World September/October 2009
Welcome back to school!
Now more than ever the world needs people who not only are culturally and ecologically literate, but also who know how to question and can relate well to people. How do we help our students learn these capabilities?
In the newest issue of YES!, Learn As You Go, you’ll find classroom tools and inspiring articles that develop the skills and relationships so needed at this time. In addition to these YES! materials, we are pleased to share the lesson plans of Rethinking Schools, an organization dedicated to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.
May your school year be filled with meaningful learning and relationships.
Head of School and teacher Vicki Newberry brought a place-based curriculum to her independent middle school in Molokai, Hawaii. Now Aka'ula School students thrive as they research and create positive solutions for environmental issues affecting their own community. Read Vicki’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Anthropology 101. Hands-on Sustainability Curriculum. 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.
Knock, Knock: Turning Pain into Power demonstrates how Daniel Beaty’s poem gives students the opportunity to write about issues in their lives that rarely surface in schools.
Here's a resource to connect your students’ learning with their local community, culture, and environment. Also learn how knowing yourself can translate to being an even better teacher.
A whole-body project where students collaborate to create a gigantic living symbol of nature, shaped by their own bodies, often along with recyclable materials. This amazing team-building activity uses math, art, and cooperation to help students understand their interconnection with each other and life.
Beloved educator Parker Palmer discusses the connection between classroom teaching and the teacher's inner life. Palmer's Center for Courage and Renewal has multimedia resources and retreats to feed and care for teachers, clergy, activists, and others who serve their communities.
Things I Want to Learn…
From YES! contributing editor Frances Moore Lappé:
From YES! board member Puanani Burgess:
From YES! contributing editor Carol Estes:
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