Friday Feature: 4 Resources About Forests and Deforestation
by Marsha Rakestraw Here in Oregon, where I live, we’re still mourning the loss of tens of thousands of acres…
Nurturing Love for the Natural World: One Mother’s/Teacher’s Experience
by Joanna MacDonald My son and I have the opportunity to spend more time together in the summer. Because I…
Helping Students Make Beautiful Music With Their Lives
by Mary Pat Champeau “Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki I learned so much about parenting…
There Is No Unseeing the Seen: Learning to Make Choices That Reflect My Values
Editor’s note: Joanna recently completed our online course, Teaching for a Positive Future, and kindly agreed to share her reflection…
#FridayFeature: 4 Super-Short Videos Showing Our Connected World
by Marsha Rakestraw We can forget that we live on an interconnected world of interdependence. Regardless of our species, we…
Resources for Teaching About Charlottesville, White Supremacy, Racism, and Hate
by Marsha Rakestraw Over the weekend, hatred and violence descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, as white nationalists amassed  to “take America…
Saving Animals and Empowering People Through Humane Education: An Interview With Tod Emko
Tod Emko is a conservationist from New York City. While Emko’s “day job” is as a web developer for Blue…
Use the “5 Whys” to Get to the Root of the Problem
by Marsha Rakestraw We humans like to solve problems. But we also like to do it quickly and with minimal…
Resources for Teaching About Hunger, Famine, and Food Insecurity
by Marsha Rakestraw Most of us have said “I’m starving!” when we were hungry – especially as kids. Right now,…
Resources to Help Teach Systems Thinking
by Marsha Rakestraw “Living successfully in a world of complex systems means expanding not only time horizons and thought horizons;…
Helping City Kids Fall in Love With Nature Through Birds
by Marsha Rakestraw Our Student Residency/Summer Institute weeks always include a lot of outside time. In addition to holding sessions…
Resources to Help Teachers Bring “Controversial” Issues to the Classroom
by Marsha Rakestraw Discussing global ethical issues – especially those that are considered “unsettled” or “controversial’ in mainstream society –…