I’m proud to share that I was accepted to participate in the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy this summer as part of a “teacher team” with Gina Aaij from LAMP High School. Mrs. Aaij is the activities coordinator for her school, and I’m the school garden guy at mine, and we will be traveling to Missoula, Montana in June for the academy. About the program, the website explains:
The Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is an intensive, five-day professional development workshop for K-12 teachers held every summer. Teachers of any subject and grade should apply with a partner from their school or district. These teacher teams receive a thorough introduction to sustainability science through hands-on activities and lectures by experts in the field. Engaging field trips highlight sustainability in action at local business and other organizations. Through ample networking opportunities, teachers become part of a dedicated community of sustainability activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other educators.
The goal of the trip, of course, will be to bring back ideas for achieving greater sustainability in our schools, ones that could hopefully be implemented on a larger scale as well.