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GEF to feature green lessons and activities on Lessonopoly.org’s curriculum sharing website

March 2011 — Green Education Foundation (GEF) announced its partnership this month with Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) on Lessonopoly.org – a free online tool that provides teachers the opportunity to upload and share classroom resources with one another. GEF will provide its sustainability education curriculum to educators using the lesson sharing website, for free.

“Lessonopoly provides teachers a tremendous opportunity to seek creative lessons that have been tested and proven in the classroom,” commented Victoria Waters, President and CEO of GEF. “The goal is to offer members a robust set of sustainability curricula, a growing area of interest and need for educators worldwide”

Lessonopoly.org offers lessons from a broad spectrum of subjects and grade levels, all uploaded for teachers by teachers. GEF’s sustainability education curriculum will further enhance Lessonopoly.org’s online content with lessons and hands-on projects focused on environmental, economic, and social systems in an effort to provide students with real-world applied learning strategies.

“GEF’s sustainability focused lessons offers a tremendous value add to our members,” noted Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO of SVEF. “This curriculum will allow teachers to educate their students on the value and importance of sustainability in an effort to create green habits that become lifelong behaviors.”

Thousands of educators currently utilize Lessonopoly.org on a daily basis to share their lessons via its online community. The addition of GEF’s library will also allow teachers to access curriculum relating to GEF-specific eco-challenge programs, including National Green Week, the Green Thumb Challenge , the Green Energy Challenge and the Green Building Program.

K-12 schools seeking green lessons and activities for Earth Week 2011 (April 18-22) are encouraged to visit Lessonopoly.org for a Top 10 Earth Day 2011 Projects list which offers suggestions and guidance on easy to implement sustainability projects for schools and classrooms to be kicked off during Earth Week 2011. Samples include, how to plant a school garden, kick start a recycling program, audit your school for green efficiencies and initiate green cleaning program, to name a few.

“Lessonopoly is great because it provides me with access to thousands of terrific lessons, many of which are hands-on and the students have found them extremely engaging. It provides a space to develop a professional learning community outside the boundaries of geography,” AdVENTURE STEM teacher Genvieve Dorsey said from the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA.

Educators can join the GEF Community and Lessonopoly.org to gain access to free online curricula.

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.

About SVEF
Silicon Valley Education Foundation focuses on raising student performance in the critical areas of math and science across all 33 Santa Clara County school districts. Everything we do supports our objective to make Silicon Valley the number one geographic area in California in the percentage of high school graduates academically prepared for college and careers. Beyond serving students, teachers and administrators, we provide value to the larger community by making investing in education easy. For more information, visit www.SVEFoundation.org.

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