How to Become a "Green" School

How to Become a "Green" School

1 graduate credit
Instructor: James R. McGrath
President, Green Charter Schools Network

The course will review the national urgency for schools to become involved in the Green School Movement. It will provide teachers and school personnel with information on standards based integrated curriculum models for elementary, middle and high school. Research will be presented on schools that have incorporated (Green) environment focus curriculum and have improved academic performance. Strong parent and community partnership programs will be reviewed to help successfully sustain a Green School. Program/Models for reducing the achievement gap and improving student's reading performance will be reviewed. The course will share information on the Green Charter Schools Dissemination Programs that were initiated in the state of Wisconsin to help develop a national network to provide resources and services to help "Green Schools Grow."

Instructor Bio

Jim McGrath

Jim McGrath has over 30 years of experience in education. He has degrees in Environmental Education, Health & Physical Education, Education Administration and Education Leadership.

Jim was one of the founders and principal of Oakwood Environmental Education Charter School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He received the Wisconsin Environmental Education Administrator of the year award.

He holds the following positions for Growing Green Schools Across America:
Green Charter Schools Network, President
Green Schools National Network, Executive Director
Green Schools National Conference, Executive Producer

Course Syllabus

Description

The course will review the national urgency for schools to become involved in the Green School Movement. It will provide teachers and school personnel with information on standards based integrated curriculum models for elementary, middle and high school. Research will be presented on schools that have incorporated (Green) environment focus curriculum and have improved academic performance. Strong parent and community partnership programs will be reviewed to help successfully sustain a Green School. Program/Models for reducing the achievement gap and improving student's reading performance will be reviewed. The course will share information on the Green Charter Schools Dissemination Programs that were initiated in the state of Wisconsin to help develop a national network to provide resources and services to help "Green Schools Grow".

OBJECTIVES

  1. What is a Green School; how can the school improve students learning and help with sustainability of our world.
  2. Explore standards based Green School Models with integrated environment focus curriculum.
  3. How to implement green practices and the development of green school facilities.
  4. Understanding the land ethic on school and community land and how it affects the sustainability of our world.
  5. How to develop community partnerships and state/national networks to help sustain Green Schools.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

The Adams State College Graduate Studies in Education has adopted a Teacher As A Reflective Decision Maker Model and the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure, also known as INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Each course is designed to contribute the development of one or more of the WI/INTASC Standards and if applicable, IRA and/or ISLLC Standards.

Franciscan values permeate the program. The focus of every professional education course is on the learning of the PK-12 pupil. Viterbo education courses infuse constructivist practices, use of technology, PK-12 collaboration, awareness of diversity, traditional and authentic assessment, research and real-world experiences into the professional development of the teacher.

Textbooks

None Required

INTASC STANDARDS

All of the INTASC Standards are infused in this course at some level.

OUTLINE OF CONTENT

In each of the 5 lessons the adult learner will learn critical aspects of developing a "Green" environment focus classroom or school.

Lesson 1: Will explore the importance of the Green School movement and the guiding principals that are the foundation for a Green School.

Lesson 2: Will review Green School standards based integrated curriculum models.

Lesson 3: Will review successful green practice programs and give information on research and development of green school facilities

Lesson 4: Will review living the (Land Ethic) on school and community property and the affects on a sustainable world.

Lesson 5: Will give information on developing Green School partnerships and participating in Green School Networks on a state/national basis.

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their progress through the 6 week unit with their teacher on-line and share their questions, concerns and ideas via the internet at their own convenience.

At the completion of each lesson students will complete a ten-question assessment on the knowledge that they have acquired from the lessons. They will develop a written plan on how they will develop an integrated environment focus curriculum in their classroom and what Green Practices they will implement in their classroom and school. All assignments will be submitted to the on-line instructor via the internet by the last day of the six-week period.

METHODOLOGY

The course will be provided at the student's convenience via on-line during a six-week period with opportunities to share and discuss ideas with the instructor.

ASSIGNMENT AND REQUIREMENTS

  1. Course participants will be required to actively participate in five "lectures" Rubric developed for 10 questions for each lecture and a 3 page written plan on How To Become A "Green" School.
  2. Course participants will complete a ten-question assessment based on the information that they cleaned from each of the five lectures with 100% mastery. Opportunities to retake each assessment will be provided.
  3. Participants will develop a written plan that will demonstrate their understanding of the course with an integrated environment focus curriculum model and Green practices, classroom school program.

EVALUATION METHOD

It is anticipated all participation and production of coursework will reflect graduate level accomplishment. The quality of participation or product meeting/no meeting these criteria will result in A-B-C- or Incomplete of the course. Grades will be based on the following criteria.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

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Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

To be eligible to receive credit, students must do the following:

  1. Pay the online course fee by purchasing a course activation code on this web site (AdamsStateOnline.com).
     
  2. Pay the tuition fee by registering as a student on the Adams.edu web site. Pay tuition by visiting the Adams State College registration form.
     
  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

Course Dates

Students are given a 2-month period in which to finish each course. Courses are offered continually throughout the year. Each enrollment period starts on the 1st of the month and ends two months later. Enrollment periods are listed below.

Students can enroll in a current enrollment period anytime between the 1st through the 10th of the month. Enrollments submitted after the 10th of the month will be moved to the next enrollment period.

For example, if a student registers for a class on January 2nd, he/she will be enrolled in the Jan.–Feb. enrollment period. If a student registers for a class January 11th, he/she will be enrolled in the Feb.–Mar. enrollment period.

Students moved to the next enrollment period will have to wait until the 1st day of the month to obtain access to their course.

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SKU ED589-V102
ASC Tuition 55.00
 
Online course fee: $140.00
 
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