Exciting new offerings for the 2019-2020 School Year
~ Return of the Sustainability Mini-Grant Program
~ The NEW Sustainability Library - resources to check out for your classroom
~ Grade level and vertical alignments to the 2020 Colorado Science Academic Standards
~ Professional Development Opportunities
~ Green U
~ Earth Day Extravaganza!
Saturday September 21st - Free Electronic Recycling and Paper Shred Event at ECHO Park Stadium
The DCSD Office of Sustainability is happy to offer mini-grant opportunities to increase sustainability initiatives at your school. The mini-grants will be awarded in the form of supplies requested, up to $400 per request. Schools may submit more than one grant request.
Deadline: March 1, 2020 - we will review and fund accepted grant requests as they come in. If funds run out, grant requests will be rolled to the following school year. It is recommended that you request grant funds as soon as you can, even if you will not need delivery of items until later in the school year.
Criteria: Project goals should increase or enhance sustainability for our schools/students. Mini-grants that will directly affect student learning and are integrated into the curriculum will receive priority.
Grant amounts: Requests may be for any dollar amount up to $400 used to purchase materials for your sustainability project. Schools will receive materials requested.
To apply, fill this Google Form: Sustainability Mini-Grant Application
Let us purchase and store lab materials to support your science curriculum! Simply search for "sustainability" on the Innovation and Design website (formerly District Media Center), sign up and have your materials delivered. Need help navigating the site? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials available include:
~ Renewable Energy Kits
~ Weather Station
~ Worm Farm
~ Fast Plant books (materials available through mini-grants)
~ Meters for auditis: kill-a-watt readers, light sensors, scales and more
Are there other materials you would like in the library? Let us know as we are hoping to expand.
* Teacher Resources
* Community Partners
* Overview of Sustainability in the district
* Volunteer Opportunities
* Community Outreach
* Project implementation guides
2020 Colorado Academic Standards - Resources to help integrate sustainability education with the new standards!
Did you know that if you have a garden, every student can use it for at least one of the grade level standards? Sustainability initiatives can often reach students at multiple grade levels. See how everything fits together here: Sustainability Vertical Alignments
These evening sessions will feature community partners with resources and lesson ideas you can apply directly to your classroom. Participants will receive continuing education hours, classroom resources and fun swag!
Our annual professional development conference. This year's Green U will feature sessions based on environmental lessons you can do in your classroom. Location and date TBD.
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Featuring student projects, award ceremonies and community outreach. April 2020
Here is a snapshot of sustainability initiatives in DCSD schools. We are here to help with your sustainability initiatives however we can!