Instructional Services Initiatives
Get2Green was started several years ago by a group of active principals meeting periodically to share information and resources on their successes in using the environment as an integrating concept for instruction and community building. In 2010, Instructional Services formalized this effort by defining the graduation of environmental stewardship for FCPS as a combination of knowledge and student action.
To assist schools with a framework for student action, FCPS partnered with the National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA program. Through this program, FCPS efforts focus on developing student driven action teams within Eco-Schools across the county. These teams work on a variety of environmental topics (pathways) under the Eco-Schools umbrella. In addition, we focus efforts on teacher professional development to assist teachers in running eco teams, working with students on Eco-School USA activities, and in taking students outdoors for lessons.
Efforts are also underway to integrate curriculum areas to these project-based learning opportunities to also enforce the development of environmental knowledge and 21st century skills. As FCPS works to implement the Portrait of a Graduate, Get2Green is working closely with FCPS Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), project based learning initiatives and service learning to create tools for interdisciplinary learning.
Where are we now?
80+ Registered Eco-Schools with 14 Green Flags, the highest award an Eco School can achieve (Belvedere ES, Centreville ES (2 green flags), Chesterbrook ES, Churchill Road ES, Daniels Run ES, Flint Hill ES (2 green flags), Franklin Sherman ES, Haycock ES, Lake Anne ES, Lanier MS, Longfellow MS, and Rocky Run MS)
90+ wildlife habitats
55+ Edible Gardens
Get2Green Principals meeting periodically for the fifth year in 2015-16