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Curriculum & Resources

Curricula and lesson plans on topics ranging from climate change to happiness.


In each of the following categories, you'll find a variety of teaching tools for immediate use in the classroom or for building your own curriculum.  These resources include: lessons, curriculum, poetry, videos, projects, stories, and essays.

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:: Teaching Happiness

Discover the good life through resilience, creativity, and community.

:: Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.

:: Teaching Peace & Justice

Paths to peace, inclusion, equality, and compassion for all.

:: Teaching Sustainability 

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

:: Visual Learning

Use the wonder of a photo to engage in deep discussions and understanding.


YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project
The Story of Stuff Project is more than the short film "The Story of Stuff." It's a movement to get us to throw away all the stuff in our lives and work together to build a healthy planet. Spot-on curriculum, short films, and more resources are generously offered.
Curriculum & Resources: No Impact Project Curriculum & Resources: No Impact Project
No Impact Project curriculum and No Impact Week signup.
Visual Learning: Knock, Knock. Who's There? Visual Learning: Knock, Knock. Who's There?
Visual Learning November 2013. Literacy lesson that leads to deeper discussion and understanding of people experiencing homelessness.
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude 20 Ways to Practice Gratitude
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude Poster for November Newsletter.
Curriculum & Resources: How I Write Curriculum & Resources: How I Write
Interviews with authors, on The Daily Beast, about their daily writing routines.
Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic
Interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters.
Visual Learning: Message in a Bottle Visual Learning: Message in a Bottle
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it's interesting (or not). In this case, it's all about organizing to support a peaceful protest.
YES! Recommends: Institute for Humane Education YES! Recommends: Institute for Humane Education
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) believes that in order to create a just, sustainable, and humane world, humane education needs to be at the core of everyone’s education. IHE curricula, lesson plans, online courses, graduate programs focus on human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, and cultural influences.
Curriculum & Resources: 10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock Curriculum & Resources: 10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock
Toolbox for Education and Social Change has a great classroom tool on cooperatives. You can buy its "10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock" poster at pay what you want prices. Available in Spanish, too.
Curriculum & Resources: The Food Project Curriculum & Resources: The Food Project
Resources from The Food Project, based in the Boston area, focus on sustainable agriculture and youth leadership. TFP graciously shares many of its manuals, activities, and curriculum for free (downloadable).
YES! Recommends: Equal Exchange YES! Recommends: Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange is a worker-owned cooperative and has been at the forefront of fair trade, supporting small-scale farmers for over 25 years. Part of its mission is to educate and engage the public in the fair trade movement. Its curriculum, working papers, and infographics are terrific learning tools on fair trade, sustainable agriculture, and cooperatives.
Visual Learning: Out of Character Visual Learning: Out of Character
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface and the fate of cursive writing around the world.
Curriculum & Resources: World Savvy
World Savvy prepares the next generation to learn, work, and thrive as responsible and engaged global citizens. It provides curriculum and other classroom-ready resources, professional development, and an educator network to boost student global competency.
YES! Recommends: Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute promotes biomimicry as a sustainability design tool. It shares an abundance of resources, seminars, and trainings with scientists, engineers, architects, business-people, and teachers who desire to use nature's models as inspiration for creating man-made products and sustainable technologies.
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
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