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Green School Summit for School Leaders

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Shifting from Crisis Management to Innovation: Leading for a Sustainable Future

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Join school and district leaders from around the globe to share strategies for leading toward greener, healthier, and inspiring schools that engage students in meaningful experiences that drive achievement across the board. At this summit, learn from and connect with other leaders from school and school districts, exploring the lessons we have learned from this year of disruptions. Experts will share research and evaluation, and district and school leaders will share practical steps to continue to leverage sustainability in our efforts to innovate for 22nd century learning.

This educational summit is hosted by the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network.

See the Schedule-At-A-Glance and the Speaker Details for more information.

Thursday, February 4th | 12:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Session One: Expanding Learning Environments Beyond the School Walls

Over the past year, we have learned the essential role that schools play in the social and economic fabric of our communities. In this session we will explore the unique ways that have emerged to expand face to face learning beyond the classroom.

  • Sharon Danks (Moderator), CEO & Founder, Green Schoolyards America
  • Geoff Diegan, Executive Director, Prairie Crossing Charter School (IL)
  • Marie Robinson, Superintendent, Katahdin Schools RSU89 (ME)
  • Tony Knight, Superintendent, Oak Park School District (CA)

Session Two: Bridging Justice, Equity, and Sustainability in K-12 Schools

COVID 19 has shined a light on the limited access to health services, technology, and resources in the schools and communities serving our black and brown students. In this session, we will explore how equity is at the core of creating a sustainable future and how educators can leverage that knowledge as they plan for meeting the needs of their communities.

  • Caroline Hill (Moderator), Founder, 228Accelerator
  • Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
  • Monica Maccera Filppu, Executive Director and Interim School Director, Common Ground/New Haven Ecology Project (CT)
  • Tarachell Thomas, Principal, Pine Jog Elementary School (FL)

Facilitated topical chats (to be announced)

Friday, February 5th | 12:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Session Three: SEL, Empathic Distress, and Action Competence

School districts are increasingly implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs that may unintentionally contribute to students’ empathic distress, expressed as stress, anxiety, and depression. Action competence, developed through authentic problem-based learning related to sustainability and social justice, may very well serve as protective armor against empathic distress. In this session, learn more about the emerging research connecting SEL with empathic distress and the solutions offered by action competence. Practicing school leaders will share their experiences empowering teachers and students to notice and take responsibility for improving their schools, communities, and world.

  • Lisa Kensler (Moderator), Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor, Auburn University
  • Ryder Delaloye, Director of Curriculum, Whitefish School District (MT)
  • Alison Suffet Diaz, Director of Growth & Sustainability, Environmental Charter Schools (CA)
  • Tania McKey, Senior Director of Humanities, Portland Public Schools (OR)

Virtual Green School Tour (to be announced)

Facilitated topical chats (to be announced)

Need a scholarship to attend? Limited need-based assistance is available. Please write schools@usgbc.org to let us know your circumstances and what assistance you need.

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