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Sustainable Classrooms


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Green school, Dekalb Academy of Technology and Environment presentation on sustainable classrooms. This unique school features a recycling program that even recycles cooking grease to biodiesel and soaps.

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Sustainable Classrooms

  1. 1. D.A.T.E DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS
  2. 2. About Us <ul><li>DeKalb Academy seeks to take an approach to teaching and learning with our motto of, “Learning with Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor!” Our motto is vital in engaging teachers and students in the process of being academically successful. There are many initiatives that have been implemented to improve the educational processes for our students, such as engaging students in meaningful tasks that address their various learning styles, exposing students to various challenging learning opportunities, and increasing students’ motivation to learn. While the academic program and structure of the academy is indeed in the public interest, our initiatives have been proven to be even more effective with the academy’s in-depth instructional focus of technology and the environment. DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment has maintained academic success since its inception. This success can be readily seen in achieving Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) status for five consecutive years, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 as a “Distinguished” school. Students have exceeded state and local standards in many subject areas of the administration of Georgia Criterion Referenced Tests (GCRT). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sustainable development is defined as a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. The long-term result of environmental degradation is the inability to sustain human life. Such degradation on a global scale could imply extinction for humanity.
  4. 4. Sustainable agriculture uses ecological principles to farm, hence the prefex agro- to farm and ecology- the science of the relationship between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as &quot;an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term: 1. Satisfy human food and fiber needs 2. Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls 3. Sustain economic viability
  5. 5. D.A.T.E has a recycling program that encompasses paper, plastic, aluminum and household grease products. We strive to ensure that the processes of interaction with the environment are pursued with the idea of keeping the environment as pristine as naturally possible.
  6. 6. Intertwinement
  7. 7. <ul><li>DATE in the Community </li></ul>
  8. 8. Environment
  9. 9. Environmental Preservation Soap Used Cooking Oil Biodiesel
  10. 10. Environmental Sustainability is Embedded in our curriculum
  11. 11. Social
  12. 12. Community Partnerships
  13. 13. The Process
  14. 14. Community Involvement
  15. 15. Economic
  16. 16. Biodiesel Soap
  17. 17. Sustainable Schoolyard <ul><li>Urban Roots: </li></ul><ul><li>One of D.A.T.E Academy’s biggest challenges is showing everyday people sustainability is not a fad: It is a central element of strong communities and a healthy future. </li></ul><ul><li>Social, emotional and project-base learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Create experiential leaning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Create self-sustaining gardens </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sustainable School Community <ul><li>Participatory process </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional Neighborhood Design </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable and Green Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Bring entire community together for one purpose: SUSTAINABLE!!! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Head of The Class! <ul><li>Bringing gardening to a school near you </li></ul><ul><li>Model Students: Every boy and girl should be a producer. </li></ul><ul><li>Production is the first principle of education </li></ul><ul><li>The growing of plants should become an integral part of the school program. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Team Gardening@D.A.T.E <ul><li>Get stakeholders involved: </li></ul><ul><li>PARENTS ARE OUR GREATEST RESOURCE!!!!!! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sustainable Builders: <ul><li>We make use of the experts that are in our school community </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage </li></ul><ul><li>eco-friendly building materials </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sustainable Garden Project <ul><li>Parents and students working together building a better future. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Vine Crops: Relieve the nature deficit disorder
  24. 24. Schoolyard Kudzu Crop According to the center of Eco-literacy, a large body of research indicates that social, emotional and project-based learning, such as cultivating and harvesting a garden, can improve scores and behavior in the classroom.
  25. 25. Urban Kudzu Harvesting