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FoleyTransforming School Food

Presenters: Jonathan Foley and Dan Hendry

Tuesday, September 27 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST


The transformation of school food is long overdue.  Our two presenters will share two different approaches that are currently underway.  In the first, we’ll learn about California Thursdays, wherein participating school districts in that state serve locally grown, healthy foods in their cafeteria every Thursday.   Following that, we’ll learn about the Slow Cookers for Kids project where a partnership with the culinary arts program at a local community college, teaches grade 7-8 students how to shop and prepare inexpensive, healthy meals. Please be prepared to share your own ideas for transforming school food with all the participants in this upcoming session.

HendryJonathan Foley is the California Thursdays network coordinator at the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California.  For the past five years, he has been working within San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits promoting school food systems. His passion lies in enabling students to understand and engage with the food systems around them, thus allowing them to become informed and conscious stewards of our planet. He has a well-rooted sense of wonderment with the outdoors, where you will likely find him if he is not in the office. Dan Hendry is the Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator at the Limestone District School Board in Kingston, Ontario. His “Slow Cookers for Kids” article was featured in Green Teacher #107, the Fall 2015 issue.


SchroeterIntroducing Biomimicry, Inspiration and Innovation for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce

Presenter: Dorna Schroeter

Tuesday, October 25 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST


Are you looking for a way to inspire the next generation of world-builders – engineers, research scientists, chemists, architects, city planners? Biomimicry is a new discipline that offers teachers a compelling way to engage students of all ages and cross the boundaries traditionally found in education. It supports the goals of NGSS, CCLS and STEAM and offers solution-based thinking while inspiring young people with a sense of the possible. As a link between design (arts) and science, it offers a model of relevancy because it will be part of many of the jobs of the future when today’s students are in the workforce. From elementary to high school, Biomimicry also provides a plethora of literature for linking ELA to science and the Reading Standards for Literature.

This webinar will explore:

  • What is Biomimicry
  • Why Biomimicry
  • How we view nature and how we view nature through a biomimicry lens
  • Principles of Biomimicry
  • Levels of Biomimicry
  • 3 – Bio-Inspired Case Studies
  • Resources
  • Biomimicry Today

Dorna Schroeter has been the coordinator of the P/NW BOCES Center for Environmental Education since 1982. This program serves some 30,000 students each year from schools in southeast New York State. In the last decade, her focus has been to integrate Education for Sustainability into the K-12 curriculum. She is a member of the Biomimicry Institute’s Leadership Team and is an advisor to their Biomimicry Educator’s Network (BEN) and organized the first-ever biomimicry camp for kids. Dorna’s article, Introducing Biomimicry, Inspiration and Innovation for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce, was published in the spring 2010 issue of Green Teacher Magazine. She also runs a series of introduction to biomimicry workshops.

Vanessa LeBourdaisPlanet Protecting Superheroes

Presenter: Vanessa LeBourdais

Thursday, November 3 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST


There is often a missed opportunity in environmental education for students to apply the knowledge and skills they gain to solve real-world problems. Kids can be effective agents of change in their families. Not only do they jump at the opportunity, but recognizing their agency can increase educational outcomes, involve parents in their child’s learning and help tackle pressing environmental problems.  Using examples from Planet Protector Academy, Vanessa will share how educators can empower their students to become planet protecting superheroes by:

+Using storyline to endow their students with superhero powers and aspiration.
+Making student learning hands-on and connecting it to the home through superhero missions.
+Nurturing identity-based change through arts-based activities that engages the whole child.
+Getting buy-in from families and making behaviour change easier.
+Incentivizing participation, engagement and action through team competition and gamification.

Vanessa LeBourdais is the Executive Producer and Creative Director at DreamRider Productions  a national Canadian environmental education charity. Over the past 18 years, Vanessa’s and her team’s arts-based and digital programs on zero waste, climate, water and littering have reached over 900,000 elementary school children in 900+ schools in five provinces. Their latest digital classroom resource, the Planet Protector Academy won the 2015 TELUS Innovation Award, is now in five Canadian provinces, and is launching in the US this fall.