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Tabitha Yeager GCC 2016

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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Green Careers Conference by Tabitha Yeager

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Tabitha Yeager GCC 2016

  1. 1. Presentation to Massachusetts Green Careers Conference September 29, 2016 LEED Green Associate Course for High Schools 1
  2. 2. OUR MISSION EcoRise Youth Innovations inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Founded in 2008, our school-based programs empower youth to tackle real-world challenges by teaching sustainability, design and innovation. EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  3. 3. THE PROBLEM Districts need simple, applied, standards-based curriculum that allows students to take ownership of their learning and impact their community. OUR WORLD IS RAPIDLY CHANGING. It is complex, inter-connected & stressed. TEACHERS NEED RESOURCES AND SUPPORT. Sustainability content often lacks connection to standards and community. EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  4. 4. OUR SOLUTION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Curriculum, teacher training, support. WORLD OF INNOVATION Emerging industries, thought-leaders, disruptive ideas. YOUNG VISIONARIES Students develop solutions to real-world challenges. With curriculum focused on sustainability and innovation, EcoRise brings students the tools they need to tackle complex challenges & redesign their world. We turn to inspire EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  5. 5. WHAT WE TEACH SUSTAINABILITY CRADLE-TO- CRADLE INNOVATION GREEN BUILDING COLLABORATION BIOMIMICRY DESIGN THINKING RESILIENCY SYSTEMS THINKING PROTOTYPING EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  6. 6. LEED CURRICULUM • High Schools • Career and Technical Education • Construction • Drafting • Engineering • Environmental WHO IS IT FOR? • Introduction to Sustainability • Sustainable Sites • Water Conservation • Energy and Atmosphere • Materials and Resources • Indoor Environmental Quality CURRICULUM UNITS
  7. 7. UNIT DETAILS • Unit Plan - Understanding by Design • Essential questions and Enduring Understandings • Skills and Knowledge • Performance Based Assessments • 5-10 Lessons per unit • Follow the 5E Instructional Model • Times vary (90 – 300minutes) • Varied Teaching Strategies • Presentations • Labs • Projects • Supplemental Texts • Core Concepts Guide • Study Guides & Workbooks 7EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  8. 8. UNIT SPOTLIGHT – SUSTAINABLE SITES • Lesson 1 – Building Together • Smart Growth • Lesson 2 – Greening Brownfields • Local applications • Lesson 3 – Green “scaping” • Case study of school property • Lesson 4 – Solving Stormwater • Hands-on Lab activity • Lesson 5 – Curb the Heat • Hands-on Lab Activity • Lesson 6 – Innovating Transportation • Conclude unit long project EcoRise: Growth + Investment 8
  9. 9. 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR PILOT YEAR • Small Handful of Schools • Still some spots left! • Expectations of Pilot Schools • Agreement with EcoRise Youth Innovations • Provide specific feedback for lessons that are piloted • Unit 1 available by mid-October • Access to all rough-draft curriculum throughout the year • Access to supplemental texts 9EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  10. 10. 2017 AND BEYOND FULL LAUNCH • Curriculum will be $500 per teacher • Includes: • Revised Unit and Lesson Plans • Supplemental Resources • Electronic texts and workbooks • LEED Green Associate Exam at reduced cost • Additional services and curriculum available: • Grant Opportunities • Building Audit resources • And More! EcoRise: Growth + Investment 10
  11. 11. TEACHER IMPACT report EcoRise has brought new energy & enthusiasm to their teaching practice EcoRise curriculum is incredibly easy to implement. The lesson plans are beautifully written, engaging, and relevant to my students… We made big things happen thanks to their support. Nicole Welling 2014 Teacher of the Year , Eastside Memorial HS report EcoRise has connected them to a larger community of support 100% 92% 93% Teaching sustainability has always been a passion of mine, but EcoRise makes it possible. Elizabeth Stephens Dean of Instruction Austin Achieve Charter Public School report EcoRise has given them new tools and expanded their practice EcoRise: Growth + Investment
  12. 12. STUDENT IMPACT 93% 89% 92% 92% Adopted New Sustainable Habits + Eating healthier + Saving energy + Reducing waste + Saving water Increased 21st Century Skills + Creative thinking + Leadership + Problem-solving + Brainstorming Increased Understanding of Real-world Science Application Increased Eco-Literacy + Alternative Energy + Local Food + Water scarcity + Recycling 2015 Program Evaluation Results EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  13. 13. IMPACT: GRANT AWARDS EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  14. 14. IMPACT: RESOURCE SAVINGS EcoRise + MA Green Careers
  15. 15. thank you Tabitha Yeager LEED Curriculum Developer tabitha.yeager@ecorise.org

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