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Sustainability Education PLC

The CSS, with support from the Rowland Foundation, has created a Sustainability Education Professional Learning Community (PLC).  “No Citizen Left Behind” aims to explore new and existing ways in which key elements of Act 77, notably proficiency-based learning (PBL) and flexible pathways, empower teachers interested in integrating civics and sustainability education throughout the curriculum.

Over the course of five meetings throughout the Spring of 2018, teachers will share and discuss ways in which they are incorporating civics and sustainability into their curriculum.  Rubrics for content-based learning expectations as well as transferable skills will be shared and analyzed.  Various models that incorporate community-based learning, service learning, and project-based learning will be considered in addition to new tools such as “micro-credentialing,” which may open the door to more “extended learning opportunities.”

Although content topics may be quite diverse, at least some attention will be given to the pressing issues of climate change, social justice and equity, and active citizenship. It is notable that too many science teachers present climate change only from a “science frame,” while there are not enough social studies teachers addressing the topic from a civics perspective.

The PLC will meet at Montpelier High School roughly every three weeks starting in March.  The spring sessions will culminate with a “pizza party” in the MHS courtyard, featuring pizza made with ingredients from the school’s gardens and baked in the school’s earthen oven.  At that time plans for the future of the PLC will be discussed.