Teachers Going Green

"The lesson we had was very well geared toward all levels of student abilities and it got the students to know what was available in their neighborhood … since it was in our backyard!!!"

- Teacher, Studebaker Elementary School, REAP CEP Getting Kids Outdoors

How can we build character in our students while we juggle all the requirements of education? What can we do to get kids active and outdoors while we teach the Core? Where can we find a quick way to teach kids to care for the environment?

Clean and Green combines best practice and educational research to provide engaging activities for classrooms, afterschool and summer programs. The program brings the message of good character, clean schools and green communities to teachers and kids.

Clean and Green is a comprehensive program that combines best practice and educational research in more than 160 lessons that can stand alone, but are more powerful when used as a comprehensive unit.

  • Teaching the essential concepts of the Iowa Core and the Common Core State Standards is the first goal of Clean and Green. The Core guides the curriculum for all Kindergarten-12th grade schools in Iowa.
  • CHARACTER COUNTS! is a framework for character development based on the six pillars of character—Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. In addition to the pillars, character education research contributes the Four Keys of Character Education—Supportive Challenging Community, Self-Study, Other Study and Public Performance.
  • Project-focused and tailored by local people to local realities, place-based education is equally relevant in small towns and big cities, effective for kindergarteners and high school students. David Sobel and others document greater connections between schools and communities, and better student outcomes where place-based education is in place.
  • Service learning encourages students to participate in public service to contribute to community, as well as strengthen educational and personal growth. Service learning takes place-based education one step farther, creating sustainable partnerships and coalitions that meet school and community needs.

Keep Iowa Beautiful, working with CHARACTER COUNTS! in Iowa, area education and environmental agencies and schools on a broad-reaching beautification, service learning and environmental initiative for youth, is making a difference not only in the environment, but also on positive development of Iowa youth.

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