Education Department Official to Visit Atlanta Area as part of Annual Green Strides Tour - "Taking Learning Outside"

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Education Department Official to Visit Atlanta Area as part of Annual Green Strides Tour - "Taking Learning Outside"

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Director Andrea Falken, accompanied by various federal, state, and local officials, will visit schools and a postsecondary institution in the Atlanta area Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the fourth annual Green Strides Tour. The theme of this year's tour is "Taking Learning Outside."

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Management Holly Ham announced this year's tour at an annual ceremony in July honoring the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees in Washington, D.C.

The tour will include visits to school buildings and grounds, conversations with students and teachers regarding environmental education and project-based learning, and discussions with key facilities and health personnel. The discussion session will allow practitioners and experts to share innovative practices.

Honorees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to meet the criteria for the award can be found here.

AGENDA

Tuesday, Sept. 19

8:15-9:45 a.m. Breakfast and Tour of Pharr Elementary School, 1500 North Rd., Snellville, Georgia
10:15-11:15 a.m. Tour of Mason Elementary School, 3030 Bunten Rd., Duluth, Georgia
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Tour of High Meadows School, 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell, Georgia
2:30-4 p.m. Tour of Ford Elementary School and Reception, 1345 Mars Hill Rd., N.W., Acworth, Georgia

Who:

Andrea Falken, director, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Keisha Ford-Jenrette, excellence recognition program manager, Georgia Department of Education
Suzanne Haerther, community project manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Gretchen Gigley, strategic partnerships manager, Green Schools Alliance
Robin Organ, executive director, Project Green Schools
Courtney Kimmel, director of strategic partnerships, Captain Planet Foundation
Joshua Sneideman, vice president, Learning Blade, Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow
Jonathon Wetherington, director of science, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Pharr and Mason)
Terry Watlington, assistant superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Pharr and Mason)
Lisa Kinnemore, vice chair, Georgia State Board of Education (Pharr)

Wednesday, Sept. 20

8:15-9:15 a.m. Breakfast and Tour of Morningside Elementary School, 1053 E Rock Springs Rd., N.E., Atlanta
9:30-10:30 a.m. Tour of The Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, Georgia
10:45-11:45 a.m. Tour of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, 820 Essie Ave., Atlanta
Noon-2:30 p.m. Lunchtime Panel and Tour of Georgia Institute of Technology, Wardlaw Building, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta

Who:

Andrea Falken, director, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Keisha Ford-Jenrette, excellence recognition program manager, Georgia Department of Education
Suzanne Haerther, community project manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Gretchen Gigley, strategic partnerships manager, Green Schools Alliance
Robin Organ, executive director, Project Green Schools
Courtney Kimmel, director of strategic partnerships, Captain Planet Foundation
Meghan Frick, interim director of communications, Georgia Department of Education
Jacqueline Harnevious, webmaster, Georgia Department of Education Pat Gardner, State Representative HD 57
Yvonne Douglass, project manager, Energy and Environmental Services from Atlanta Public Schools (Morningside)
Dr. Jairo H. Garcia, director of climate policies, City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Resilience (Morningside)
Matt Westmoreland, member, Atlanta Board of Education (Morningside)
Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools (Morningside)
Nan Orrock, state senator of Georgia
Michelle Wirth, director of communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association (ANCS)