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King County Represents at National Conference

Friday, March 07, 2014   (0 Comments)
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King County Represents at National


This month King County Green Schools Program manager Dale Alekel will participate along with two King County teachers in the Green Schools National Conference in Sacramento, California. Dale, Camelot Elementary School teacher Darcy Borg, and Mercer Island High School teacher Jamie Cooke will take part in a discussion on “Successful Partnerships: Working Together to Expand School Sustainability Programs.”

They will join others in a presentation and discussion of how students, teachers, custodians, nutritional services, facility managers, haulers, cities, counties, parents and industry representatives are working together to create comprehensive programs that educate and involve the school community in supporting systemic conservation practices.

Dale Alekel developed the King County Green School Program which began in 2003. She has worked consistently over the years to improve the program to ensure that schools get the most benefit possible. Darcy Borg and Jamie Cooke teach at schools that are active Green Schools Program participants. Both Darcy and Jamie have been honored as King County Earth Heroes at School for their commitment to conservation practices at their schools. 

Darcy has been instrumental in gathering community and funding support for the Camelot Elementary Community Garden. She has sought gardening and horticultural training for herself and, in turn, has led professional development workshops for staff. 

Jamie, a biology teacher, has been featured in Science Magazine and on National Public Radio for creating opportunities for teachers to work directly with scientists to engage students. Jamie has led the school Green Team in numerous projects, including an ambitious lunchroom recycling program.

The conference, which will be held on March 27-29, offers sessions grouped around particular themes, including one on "Curriculum that Advance Sustainability Skills and Knowledge for the 21st Century." The five sessions related to this theme are

1. Begin with the End in Mind: Weaving Education for Sustainability into the K-5 Curriculum 
2. Building Student Leadership and Social Change through Challenge-Based Learning 
3. Climate and Energy Literacy 
4. Connecting Students with Sustainability Programs through the EEI Curriculum 
5. Deeper Learning About Our Food and Food Systems 

The conference also has a student summit. Students from around the country will share their successful strategies for establishing green practices and will have the opportunity to learn new skills through conference resources and on-site experts. They can also explore the latest green career trends through workshops. Participating students can apply for Apprentice Certification in Sustainability offered by the Green Education Foundation and earn an official Certificate of Participation from the Green Schools National Network. 

Get more information and register for the conference online

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