The Green Strides Webinar Series: For All Schools Moving Toward the Pillars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities the tools to reduce their schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive information on future webinars. All times are given as Eastern Standard. View archived webinars here.

Mar. 18, 2014, 6:00-7:00 p.m. NASA Online Remote Sensing Resources for use in Classroom (NASA)

Register here. Join hundreds of teachers currently using NASA remote sensing technology in the classroom. Learn the different applications of this unique method of obtaining data and imagining from remote places on Earth and around the solar system. Learn how to communicate with NASA satellites and how to read and interpret data. Subscribe your school and classroom to participate in nationwide initiatives with the International Space Station, moon mission, and Earth systems base missions.

Mar. 19, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes: EarthEcho Expeditions (EarthEcho and NYLC)

Register here. EarthEcho Expeditions is dedicated to local communities engaging youth in improving our Water Planet. Join EarthEcho’s educators, partners, and staff as we give you an inside look at how EarthEcho Expeditions has transformed classrooms and communities, empowered young people, and brought about positive environmental change. We will showcase our resources, share a first-hand account from an EarthEcho Educator, and even preview our upcoming Expedition. This is something you won’t want to miss!

Mar. 19, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Reaching Your School’s Health and Wellness Goals Through Food Education (Food Day)

Register here. Join Food Day and its partners national food education organizations, The Edible Schoolyard Project and Worldlink/Nourish, to learn about the latest food education tools and materials for K-12 educators. The webinar will specifically focus on curricular and food literacy resources as well as the online communities available to support and grow the national food education movement. Join the webinar to learn how Food Day and its partners can help your school advance towards the pillars established by the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

Mar. 20, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. The Engineering Evolution: Question, Mathematics and Model (NASA)

Register here. Looking for engaging hands-on-activities using everyday materials? Look no further! Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn how to use everyday materials to make science and engineering come alive for your students in a NASA/STEM hands-on activity. The featured activity covered during this webinar will build your students’ understanding about how NASA spacecraft collect rock and soil samples in order to learn about celestial objects. Students will have fun utilizing the engineering design process in order to create a device that will dig to the core of a potato!

Mar. 24, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Exploring the Engineering Design Process: An Introduction (NASA)

Register here. This webinar will introduce the Engineering Design Process and its application to real world problem solving. Each step of the Engineering Design Process will be explored and participants will learn about problem identification, brainstorming, NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering Design is a common performance expectation throughout each topic in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world around us. Join the webinar and together we will “engineer” a valuable learning experience.

Mar. 25, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Earth/Moon Scale: Distance, Ratios and Decimals (NASA)

Register here. Understanding scale is one of the most difficult concepts for students in science/mathematics. Teachers explore the misconceptions about the scale of the solar system by physically creating a model of the Earth/moon system. Prediction, estimation, measuring, debate and research are all components of this lesson.

Mar. 27, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space (NASA)

Register here. Your face gets puffy and your legs get skinny, but that's not all! Explore the effects of microgravity on the human body. Learn how research on the International Space Station relates to us here on Earth. Understand the detrimental effects that living in space has on the body and why this knowledge is essential for human missions to Mars. During this webinar you will also engage in a informative and fun inquiry activity for students to do in your classroom.

Apr. 9, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Global Cultures & Communities (Rainforest Alliance)

Register here. This webinar is designed to help you connect your classroom to communities around the world! We will dig into our global lessons and explore ways to expose your students to other cultures and ecosystems. Joined by Creative Connections, we will learn more about their Rainforest ArtLink program, and how jointly we bring together classrooms from around the globe!

Apr. 9, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Basics of Telescopes and NASA Missions (NASA)

Register here. Join this webinar and learn about basic principles of telescope design and how NASA missions use the same design principles. Examine how NASA works within technological constraints, just as your students are expected to do with Next Generation Science Standards or Common Core State Standards activities.

Apr. 9, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Grand Green Challenges for Engineering (NEEF)

Register here. Kicking off EE Week 2014, this webinar will focus on the National Academy of Engineering’s "Grand Challenges for Engineering", with the particular emphasis on those that include sustainability challenges: 1. Make solar energy economical, 2. Provide energy from fusion, 3. Develop carbon sequestration methods, 4. Manage the nitrogen cycle, 5. Provide access to clean water, and 6. Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Our presenter from the National Academy of Engineering will give an overview of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, describe promising research to address the sustainability challenges, and suggest roles for young and aspiring engineers in contributing solutions. Participants will then hear from an educator who has successfully integrated the Grand Challenges across the curriculum using project-based learning and opportunities for "whole child development."

April 14, 2014, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Newton’s Laws and NASA (NASA)

Register here. Discover resources and hands-on activities developed by NASA to teach students about Newton’s three laws of motion. Participants will engage in a discussion of the laws and their application to NASA’s work. Student activities emphasizing a hands-on approach to understanding the laws and the effect of friction on the motion of an object will be demonstrated.

May 14, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Bringing Rainforest Alliance to Your School (Rainforest Alliance)

Register here. Join the Rainforest Alliance Education Program for a webinar designed to help you bring the Rainforest Alliance curriculum to your school. Implementing our local-to-global curriculum school-wide, across grades allows the excitement and learning to spread beyond your individual classroom. The whole school community learns from each other and brings these worldwide cultures and issues to life. We can help you excite your administrators and colleagues to bring our program to your school during the coming year!

May 14, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Approaches for Effective Climate Change Communication (NPS)

Register here. Join us for a webinar exploring the importance of effective communication strategies as a key component of climate change response. The presentation will highlight examples and techniques that National Park Service interpreters are using to engage our audiences on this topic and that K-12 teachers can use as well. The webinar will summarize research highlighting visitor’s beliefs and perspectives about climate change, share some examples of successful interpretive products, and explore ways to empower staff and visitors to be part of the solution.

All times are given as Eastern Standard

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