TM02 - Building 21st-Century Learners in Green Schools

Monday, November 18 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

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Each of the four schools on this tour has found a unique way to not only engage the students in hands-on learning, but to use their facility to assist in the process. The Charles R. Drew Charter School, Atlanta’s first public charter school launched in 2000, has played a critical role in transforming the surrounding disinvested neighborhood into a sought-after community, helping to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. The school was recognized in 2018 National Green Ribbon School and earned LEED Gold. Fernbank Elementary has expanded the learning to the lunchroom with an entirely new waste line in the cafeteria engaging all aspects of the community and school, as well as an integrated garden and outdoor classroom experience as a pilot for DeKalb County School District. Westchester Elementary is a K-3 school using EL Education to redefine student achievement in diverse communities. Through Expeditionary Learning, the students study composting as a hands-on approach to learn about food, resource recovery, and closed-loop systems. Talley Street Elementary is a brand new 3-5 elementary school designed by Perkins+Will. The design team has worked hard to gather community input and design a school that will be educational for the students and the community.

Learning Objectives:

Compare the approaches used by four schools in using their facility to teach about sustainability

Identify key features used to teach sustainability such as the use of resources, the design of the space and the curriculum of the school

Compare the facilities and programs of these four schools that are all on the Eastside of Atlanta;

Compare the facilities and programming between schools that have sough a LEED certification (Drew Charter and Talley Street) versus the ones that have not yet (Fernback Elementary and Westchester Elementary)


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Event Type: Tour > Session