Readings & Resources


Global temperature change since 1850

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence

Death by Design


Plant Extract Mutes Germs (teen research)

Kids’ Safe and Healthful Food Project

Will Optimistic Stories Get People to Care about Nature?

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Sustainability Training Program

Middle School PD
BSCS and the UCAR Center for Science Education are developing an innovative middle school science unit on weather that uses activities, data, and scientific protocols from the GLOBE Program. This four- to five-week curriculum unit is a comprehensive approach to the NGSS-based concepts on weather, such as the uneven heating of Earth, local and global atmospheric circulation, and air mass formation and collision, all in pursuit of understanding normal weather patterns and extreme weather events that we experience in our everyday lives.

We are recruiting 12 middle school science teachers to attend a teacher professional development workshop in Boulder, CO, August 13–18, 2017, and to field test the instructional unit with students in the fall semester of 2017. Teacher and student feedback will play a significant role in informing the revision of the materials. Please note that it is not a requirement for field-test teachers to be familiar with the GLOBE Program in order to participate.

We will provide funds for travel, lodging, and meals for the professional development workshop in August. In addition, we will provide field-test teachers with a $1,440 stipend: $300 after completing the workshop in August and $1,140 after completing the field test in the fall.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit: The deadline to register is June 11, 2017.



Paying a visit to your Member of Congress may seem intimidating, but we are here to prove to you that you can do it! 

This year, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s (SNEB) annual conference is located in our nation’s Capitol. With looming cuts to important social programs, what better opportunity could there be to gather the troops and educate our elected officials on the importance of nutrition education in our country?!

In order to prove that you have what it takes, we are offering the following events leading up to the SNEB conference, without any obligations or commitments; you can attend one event; you can attend both events; or you can visit your Member(s) of Congress without attending either event. Bottom line: we want YOU on the Hill!
6/13: FREE Pre-conference webinar: “Getting Prepped to Visit Your Lawmakers” – everything you need know to schedule and prepare for a visit to your Member(s) of Congress. (More info HERE)
7/20: Pre-conference in-person workshop: “Nutrition Educators as Advocates: A Day on Capitol Hill” – a chance to learn the latest on the political landscape, get helpful tips for your Hill visit, and have your questions answered.  (More info HERE )
7/20 (or other times) Visits to your Member(s) of Congress: we can help you set these up!
So, what do you need to do? It is simple:

Sign up for the FREE webinar HERE  and/or
Sign up for the pre-conference session in Washington D.C. HERE <>  (this can be done with or without full conference registration), and/or

Convince allies in your district to join you on the Hill– there is strength and comfort in numbers! Even if you are unable to attend any of the aforementioned visits or sessions, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Claire at  with your stories (i.e., how nutrition education impacts you and your program recipients); your materials; and your questions.

Healthy Food Policy Project nominations

The Healthy Food Policy Project (see below for more information) is currently seeking nominations for case studies of local initiatives and laws relating to supporting or promoting access to healthy food, and that also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. We are seeking examples of both laws that have been adopted and policy proposals that didn’t pass; as well as examples of where laws worked the way they were supposed to or created unexpected consequences, whether good or bad.

Case study nominations of local initiatives and/or laws should fall into at least one of these categories:

1)     Creates a fund or allows a community to tap into a new or existing local, state or federal funding stream (e.g., a budget decision to provide staff support for a community garden; creating a grant program to help kick-start local healthy food stores)
2)     Creates an incentive for a change in practice or behavior (e.g. provides tax breaks for healthy food retailers; provides a priority for healthy food outlets in mass transit planning)
3)     Requires something or sets standards that must be followed
4)     Expressly allows something (e.g.  allows gleaning on city owned land; zoning laws that expressly allow grocery stores in all/most zones)
5)     Prohibits or discourages something
6)     Promotes education or awareness about a healthy food related issue; provides information to the public; or teaches skills
7)     Creates an exemption from a restriction, or deregulates something in a way that promotes healthy food access (e.g., law that prohibits food on mass transit, but exempts food in grocery bags)
We welcome case studies nominations from rural, urban, and suburban communities (regardless of size) across the United States.

To apply, please click here . Nominations are due by June 15th.
If you have any questions regarding this project or the nomination process, please contact Sally Mancini.

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Grants, awards, etc.

Several grant opps at this link

MASNA Scholarships

Walmart Community Grant Program

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

Thank America’s Teachers

Future City: Engineering Competition, Grades 6-8

The TED Prize

Siemens Competition

The Ray Charles Foundation

Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award

Finish Line Foundation

Citizens Committee Reuse and Repair Grant (so cool…what a great project for student…GREAT!)

NEA Our Town (placemaking) Grants

2017 Bill Belichick Foundation Grant Application

Temper of the Times Foundation

AFBFA Teacher Resource Grants

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Spoons Across America,® <; the recipe for healthier children, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating. We work to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table.
We are currently seeking an organized, engaging, and self- motivated team player to join our team as a Food Educator. Primary duties include working directly with children ages 6-10 in schools and community centers to implement our food and nutrition literacy based programs. Additional office responsibilities focusing on planning and implementation of programs are also included.
Plan for and lead hands-on lessons and activities around taste exploration, healthy cooking, and nutrition to elementary aged children in schools and community centers.

Work with children to make discoveries and facilitate discussion and interaction

Support children with kitchen skills and safety in food preparation

Work with parents/families during family engagement sessions

Set up and clean up all materials.

Communicate and work with volunteers as required

Shop/purchase fresh food for classroom lessons (for reimbursement) as needed.

Prepare program materials for distribution to program sites as needed.

Maintain regular communication with Director of Programs regarding program implementation, outcomes, and volunteers
Attend regular staff meetings, trainings and workshops as needed

Participate in ongoing evaluation of programming

Work with social media and communications coordinator to promote program and outcomes.

Complete other duties as assigned
Demonstrate genuine passion and enthusiasm for the mission of Spoons Across America.

Possess a love for working with children, with at least 1-2 years of demonstrated teaching experience.

Superb communication and classroom management skills.

Highly organized, responsible, dependable, flexible, patient and detail-oriented.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to work well with staff, teachers, interns, and volunteers to promote the mission of Spoons Across America

Dynamic personality with good sense of humor and appreciation for education and healthy, local food.

Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Google Calendar/Docs

Able to lift 25 lbs.
Time Commitment and Location:
20 hours per week (Monday-Friday)

To apply:  Please send a resume and cover letter, expressing your experience working with youth and interest in food and education to <>

Alexandra Weisman McDowell
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Spoons Across America
212-245-1145 (o)
917-446-0134 (m)

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40 Under 40: The Rising Stars in New York City Food Policy (Class of 2017)

Check out this amazing list…you are likely to know more than one person on it…I sure do…CONGRATS TO YOU ALL…very exciting.

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Manager, Education and Training, Project EATS

Program Assistant, Farmacy, Project EATS

Program Associate, NYC EEC

Grow NYC Compost Coordinator (Seasonal Green Market)

GROW NYC Compost Coordinator (Compost on the Go)

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Resources & Readings


Cool Jobs: Counting Calories

Explainer: About the Calorie

Plastic Trash Rides Ocean Currents to the Arctic

Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith

An Introduction to the U.S. Food System

Food System Thinking

High School Scientists Discover Ways to Clean the World


FoodSpan: High School Curriculum

Food Frontiers (showcases six projects from around the United States that are increasing access to healthy food in varied ways)

Food System Primer

Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers

Free 2017 NYC Bike Maps and Safety Guides
These newly revised maps are a great hands-on resource for biking the city’s 1,000 miles of bike lanes and off-street greenway paths – use them for in-class mapping and local geography lessons, too! To request maps and/or “Bike Smart” guides (NYC biking rules/regulations) for your classrooms, email with quantity, full shipping address, and a contact number; or call 311 with your request.

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