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Consider these questions:

  • The future that your students will be living and working in will present challenges and opportunities that few of us could envision even 10 years ago. What do you need to know to make sure they are prepared?

  • By the year 2020, the world’s green economy will be worth roughly $3 trillion, according to the United Nations Environmental Program. But what, exactly, IS the "green economy"?

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $50 billion for green jobs. What makes a job "green", and how can you make sure your students have the knowledge and skills needed to get one?

You'll find the answers to these questions and more, along with a comprehensive collection of curriculum resources that make it easy to translate those answers into standards-based instruction, at our "Green Pathways to the Future" Teacher Institute.

These unique professional development venues will give you an opportunity to hear about the green economy straight from the source: the business and industries that are building it. Morning breakout sessions will address these green economy sectors, both in terms of current activity and projections for the future:

  • Energy Efficiency: HVAC, Lighting, Computers & Appliances
  • Energy Generation: Solar, Wind, Other (geothermal, tidal, biomas)
  • Architecture and Construction: LEED and CHPS-compliant practices and materials in new and renovated buildings
  • Transportation: Cars, Mass Transit, and new ways to get from here to there.
  • Non-toxic Products: Eco-friendly cleaning products, carpeting, paint, and furniture
  • Waste Management: "Cradle to Cradle" product and packaging design, recycling, re-use
  • Water: Water supply, Water conservation, Water treatment
  • Food: Agriculture, Gardens, Distribution, Preparation

Afternoon sessions will give you time, expert support, and access to award-winning curriculum resources with which you can work out just how to integrate your new knowledge into classroom lessons and activities that support achievement of California curriculum and instruction standards in grades 5 - 12.

You really don't want to miss this!

The next “Green Pathways to the Future” Teacher Institute will take place in Pasadena on December 10-11, 2009. This two-day event will provide for a variety of modes of interaction between educators and green industry/business representatives, as well as time and professional support for the process of curriculum integration.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers with an interest in incorporating sustainability concepts, principles and practices in their curriculum (Note that curriculum workshops will focus on resources for grades 5-12.)
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Instructional Leaders
  • Representatives of organizations with an interest in implementing sustainability curriculum in the K-12 sector.
  • Grades 9-12 students (if accompanying a teacher, see below)

Student attendance

Registered "Pathways to the Future" participants may bring up two students, age 13-17. to either or both days of the institute. Students will have access to General Sessions, "Pathways to the Future" breakout sessions and the Exhibit Hall, but not to the Green Calfiornia Schools breakout sessions and workshops. Students should at all times be accompanied by the teachers who bring them.

If you wish to bring students with you, please indicate that on the registration form.


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