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Jim Bentley

Inside Out and Outside In

Posted by Jim Bentley on October 28, 2014

I spent the third week of October with my 6th grade students in the Santa Cruz Mountains, learning about poison oak and banana slugs, compost and food waste, gardening and invasive plant species, and how ecosystems change as one moves higher in elevation. We ate Redwood Sorrel (tastes like green apples), munched on Douglas Fir […]

Gerald Lieberman, PhD

In fall of 2013, California’s State Board of Education (SBE) adopted a slightly modified version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* intended to reinvent science education in the state. This adoption triggered a series of events that can lead California into the forefront of science education for the 21st Century. Released in early 2013 […]

Paul Chapman

Benchmarking Our Green Schools

Posted by Paul Chapman on August 19, 2014

In 2010 when I stepped down from my long-term position as principal of the K-12 Head-Royce in Oakland, I set out on a journey to help grow greener, more sustainable schools. Aware of all that I needed to learn, I visited well over 125 public and private schools serving K-12 students, a number of colleges […]

Sheila Nahi

Living Dangerously: Wildfires

Posted by Sheila Nahi on July 8, 2014

I know wildfires are good for a forest, and play a necessary natural role in maintaining our ecosystem. However, as I think about the magnificent Purisima Creek redwoods towering over me during a mountain bike trek last weekend, or a dear friend who lost her family home to the Beaver Creek wildfire last August, I […]

Gerald Lieberman, PhD

The 1983 release of the National Commission on Excellence in Education report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, marks the starting point of the education reform movement that today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future will drive the functioning of every public school classroom in America—instruction targeted toward student proficiency with specific […]

Erin Schrode

Teens Turning Green

Posted by Erin Schrode on April 15, 2014

  This week’s blog post is from Erin Schrode, one of our dynamic advisory board members. Erin shares some information about her wonderful organization, Teens Turning Green.   I believe in the power of education above all else. I endeavor to be a catalyst for critical thought. I see public and environmental health as paramount. […]

Sheila Nahi

Confronting Climate Complacency

Posted by Sheila Nahi on February 13, 2014

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos last month I participated in sessions and idea forums to learn and exchange ideas about the profound political, economic, social and technological forces transforming our lives and activities that, per the United Nations, threaten irreversible and abrupt environmental change. The most compelling framework for understanding the […]