Snapshot - What does it look like in the Classroom?
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Download the Imapct Project Template to guide students from inquiry to project design and implementation. Includes questions for a reflective essay.
Possible points of entry for integrating and enhancing current frameworks…
New Course on Sustainability and Civic Responsibility: A school district decides to develop a new high school graduation course integrating Common Core, civics and sustainability education. Snapshot data is used as a catalyst for answering five civics questions. (1) How do governments use data to establish effective policies for the common good? (2) How do policy decisions about sustainability issues integrate social, economic and ecological systems? (3) How are these policy decisions nested at federal, state and local levels? (4) Who are the stakeholders in my community related to sustainability policies? (5) What’s my role in participatory democracy? These inquiries lead to a range of student projects based on what issues fascinate them and how they can apply academic excellence to community problem solving.
The Sustainable Design Project (SDP): SDP is an OPSI Washington initiative in which students work with community partners to study environmental, economic, and social systems and design sustainable solutions to real-world challenges while increasing their level of civic engagement. Snapshot data can be used by SDP students to identify gaps in community knowledge and behavior and design projects that address areas in need of improvement. Projects might include designing a new product, marketing existing products that meet sustainability criteria, promoting a promising technology, restoring habitat, installing green infrastructure, or coordinating a neighborhood education campaign.
AP Government / AP Environmental Science 2100: With a full month of school remaining after AP exams in mid-May, advanced students take the Snapshot survey and compare their data to other assessments and policy frameworks at the federal, state and local level in order to get a snapshot of current knowledge and behavior. Students ask, “How do governments use data to inform policy making and where are the current gaps between policy and community conditions?” From this inquiry students “backcast” a series of policy decisions from a hypothetical future (the year 2100) in which America achieves full sustainability. Students map out a range of scenarios as they consider variables such as stakeholder positions, shifting environmental conditions, or technological innovations.
Current Issues Local Impact: Snapshot data analysis introduces students to the work of local government exploring sustainability indicators and comprehensive planning at the city and county level. Students scour local and regional news sources included blogs and associated websites for commentary on a range of sustainability issues of interest to local communities such as the recovery of the Puget Sound ecosystem, green building codes, food systems, transit-oriented neighborhood development, or equity access to services in King County. From this analysis students draft a series of policy recommendations and host a mock city council to debate the merits of each.
Sustainability Summit: The School Green Team collaborates with ASB, the City Youth Council, city staff, school district staff, and community champions to co-host an annual, intergenerational Sustainability Summit through which Snapshot data is used to identity priority projects and hammer out a joint 12-month work plan. The Summit takes place in a high school library for full day with classroom reps allowed to participate as key peer-communicators. Following the Summit, intergenerational, cross-sector work groups self-identify to drill down on the most strategic, mutually reinforcing activities based on three criteria: (1) it’s the easiest thing to accomplish in 12 months; (2) it engages the most people; and (3) it generates the greatest measurable improvement in community conditions.