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Food & Sustainability at School

Too many elementary and secondary students do not understand the extent to which food from the industrialized food system harms our health, poisons the environment, and accelerates global warming. We will develop tools and resources to encourage and help teachers tackle these concerns.

In addition, we will continue to improve and spread the word about the previous phase of this project, which dealt with interdisciplinary teaching on global warming and greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions. (Except for the free School GHG Calculator, this information is now available online at teach-climate.net.)

Throughout the project our focus is on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. For the food module, we are considering an assessment of school food for the hands-on element, but that has not yet been finalized.

This internship involves a combination research and writing, some of which can be done off-site once someone is familiar with the project and its goals. (We use our online Sustainability Commons for collaboration and sharing content, coupled with frequent email communication on work in progress and regular meetings to meet with teachers, review progress, and brainstorm ideas. Activities will include some or all of the following:

  • Prepare an updated version of materials from phase 1 (climate & GHG) by adding information to help teachers link to curriculum standards that they are required to follow; post online and create PDF
  • Identify reliable resources and help create new resources that teachers can use to integrate topics related to food, health, climate and sustainability in their classes; help prepare a guide for teachers similar to that done for climate & GHG emissions [see teach-climate.net];
  • Assist with development of tools for a hands-on project related to food at school;
  • Identify or develop ways for teachers at all ages to encourage observation, analysis, and solving problems, including ways designed for younger children;

This internship is still in development, and will be available (in slightly different forms) for spring, summer, and fall 2017. For more information, email internship coordinator Peter Crownfield.