GHSA will host three informational sessions in mid-February 2016 for schools interested in joining the 2016-18 cohort. These meetings, which will be free and include breakfast, are open to administrators, teachers, and staff from any type of school or district. Advance registration is required using the links provided below. Dates and locations are:
February 17, 2016, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Chartiers Valley School District; Administrative Offices, 2030 Swallow Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Attendees will hear from CVSD Superintendent Dr. Brian White and other school staff about their experiences in the program. Register here!
February 18, 2016, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Allegheny Intermediate Unit; transformED, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120. Justin Aglio, Director of Innovation at Mountour School District, will discuss his experience in the program during his term at the Environmental Charter School. Register here!
February 25, 2016, 8:00-10:00 a.m. – The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park; Upper School, 829 Milton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. ECS staff will be available to discuss how the program has impacted their school. Register here!
More About the Culture Program
This innovative and unique initiative includes workshops where big concepts such as vision, purpose, systems thinking, health and well-being, community, and collaboration are explored. The goal is to influence culture, values, and mindsets in each school to embrace sustainability as central to 21st century schools, learners, and citizens. Collaborative in nature, the program brings together teams from six to eight schools and districts, with each team comprised of participants from different roles: teachers, principals, facility managers, administrators, food service directors, and others.
Program participants have had overwhelmingly positive experiences. They are more inspired and engaged in their work, have a broader perspective and vision of what is possible through education, and feel empowered to start making changes, both small and large (in their classrooms, lunchrooms, and individual interactions with students and co-workers—or by cultivating a shared sustainability vision across the district). Here are a few quotes from current participants, who are more than halfway through the program:
“It has been life-changing to be re-inspired once a month to focus my mindset on where it needed to be for the kids. At its core, this program is about inspiring better people, not just developing better students.”
“The program is a reminder about what school can and should be like.”
“Education, environment, and social justice are really all connected. That’s what the Green & Healthy Schools Academy’s Culture Program is about—an educational journey that celebrates not only healthy learners but also healthy teachers.”
“It gives me the hope, positivity, and belief that it is possible to shift culture and the paradigm of education. It’s the only professional development that I can’t wait to get to and everyone else wants to be there, too.”
If you are interested in taking your school or district to the next level, please consider attending one of the above informational sessions to learn more about the School Sustainability Culture Program. You can also contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.