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March 2010 Newsletter Snapshot



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How to Be a Climate Hero: Small Steps to Living Differently‏
With the help of Annie Leonard’s compelling Story of Stuff Project and other inspiring YES! resources, take yourself and and your students to the next level by looking at small steps to living differently.
Teaching What Matters: Preparing Your Students for the Real World
Service-learning projects and climate action resources from Facing the Future. What is a free school? YES! classroom tools for DIY Learning, things educated people really should know, and introducing the YES! Exemplary Essay Project.
Tools for Teaching Beyond the Classroom
Rethinking Schools lesson plan essays on democracy and real-world issues. Molokai students learn and earn community and self respect for tackling local environmental issues. Parker Palmer connects classroom teaching and inner life.
Make Sense of Today's Economy
Great classroom tools to help your students understand the roots of the current crisis and the economic divide. Includes curriculum from United for a Fair Economy.
Reconnecting Schools to Real Food
Where does your food come from? Teaching tools from Sustainable Table, Sea Food Watch, and Chris Jordan.
Food for Everyone
No food allowed in the classroom? Change that with resources designed to help students learn about the connection between food, environment and the economy.
Happy Teachers, Happy Students?
7 Doors to Happiness, lesson plans beyond the inauguration, sweet and fair Valentine's Day.
Sustainable Happiness
Take the happiness quiz , and read stories of about joy in surprising places: among teenagers, in a city-wide pillowfight and even at a Christmas with no presents.
Conversations of Courage
YES! for Teachers and Students features classroom materials to cross the divide. Mix It Up in the lunchroom, talk to someone who is different from you, speak up. Also... discover the beauty of teenagers.
Voting For Change
Project VoteSmart, lesson plans to analyze political cartoons, and Debate Watching 101 from League of Women Voters. Meet musicians who vote with their heart, and two young women whose hearts led them to civic engagement.
Food Crisis? Teach Fair Trade
Can there be food and water for all? Read about third graders who chose to eat local food, find lesson plans on Fair Trade chocolate, bananas, and coffee, and the Global Water Supply curriculum.
Teaching with the News
Brown University's Choices program explores the U.S.'s role in the world, Peace Corps volunteers share their stories, and 13-year-old citizen diplomats visit a sister city in Nicaragua.
Barefoot College
Features the Barefoot College, created by and for India's poor and guided by Gandhi's principles. Watch the moving video, "Be the Change" and read about one teacher's determination to teach climate change in a small town.
Meal Plan: Resources for Teaching and Learning about Food
Middle schoolers learn to grow fresh carrots, and Will Allen brings gardens and social justice to the inner-city. Curricula from the Center for Ecoliteracy, and reports on the Youth Climate Summit in DC.
Teaching about stuff...and everything else
Lessons on redefining progress as more than "more stuff", Facing the Future's global sustainability lessons, and Annie Leonard's famous "The Story of Stuff"- with resources to help students find solutions.