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Contest for Non-Science Teachers: Win $2,000!

by megan on Oct. 23rd, 2010 No Comments

Calling all SFUSD middle and high school teachers that do not teach science!

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is hosting the 2010-2011 Environmental Education Contest, the primary purpose being “to encourage environmental education outside of science classrooms and to create environmentally literate adults.”

Remember that even though you may not officially teach science, the state of California is soon to launch its curriculum designed part of the Education and Environment Initiative. This K-12th grade curriculum is comprised of 85 units teaching select Science and History-Social Science academic standards in an integrated fashion.


Teachers are encouraged to incorporate environmental topics into their everyday lessons in any subject but science. The concepts should be worked into and supportive of regular class content. In-class lessons, speakers, films, on-line research, and any other means of teaching or obtaining information are all encouraged. Connecting your lesson to a field trip, hands-on learning opportunity, or stewardship project is also a great idea.


You can find a list of curriculum links in the “Green Schools” section of the SFUSD sustainability website. But feel free to be creative as you seek exciting ways to integrate environmental education into your regular lessons. Mix and match ideas to come up with something powerful and unique.

The winning teacher will receive $2,000 and the runner-up will get $1000.

Proposals are due January 15, 2011, so apply today by completing the proposal form and emailing it to Nik Kaestner, SFUSD Director of Sustainability.

Visit contest website >>

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