ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURES

2010-2011 Environmental Education Contest


 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

To encourage environmental education outside of science classrooms and to create environmentally literate adults.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Any SF Unified School District middle and high school teacher that does not teach science. Content standards already mandate some environmental education in science classrooms.

WHAT IS EXPECTED?

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate environmental topics into their everyday lessons in any subject but science. The concepts should be worked into and supportive of regular class content. In-class lessons, speakers, films, on-line research, and any other means of teaching or obtaining information are all encouraged. Connecting your lesson to a field trip, hands-on learning opportunity, or stewardship project is also a great idea.

WHERE CAN I GET IDEAS?

You can find a list of curriculum links in the “Green Schools” section of the SFUSD sustainability website. But feel free to be creative as you seek exciting ways to integrate environmental education into your regular lessons. Mix and match ideas to come up with something powerful and unique.

HOW IS THE CONTEST JUDGED?

The primary evaluation criterion is the extent to which environmental information is obtained by students. After receiving proposals and reviewing submitted teaching plans, judges will narrow down the field to 5-10 finalists. Judges will then visit on the day of the lesson to observe the degree to which students are engaged by the topic. Winners will be chosen after teachers submit a final write up that includes students work. Detailed judging criteria are available on the proposal form.

WHAT IS THE REWARD?

The winning teacher will receive $2,000 and the runner-up will get $1000. Finalists will also be commended by the SFUSD School Board.

WHEN ARE PROPOSALS DUE?

January 15, 2011

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please fill out the proposal form and email it to Nik Kaestner, SFUSD Director of Sustainability, by the deadline above.