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Developing a Curriculum for the Climate Crisis

A N-12 Leader in Sustainability Education

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The Harley School, an independent, Nursery – 12 school in Rochester, New York, received a Traditional EE Ford grant to 1) develop a comprehensive climate change curriculum in the Upper School and upgrade learning spaces for hands-on climate- oriented projects; 2) create our own Sustainability Plan to align our practices with our commitment to reducing climate change; and 3) disseminate our curriculum and learnings both locally and nationally.  Education for sustainability is a priority at the school. Harley offers a range of innovative electives from the Food & Farm Lab to Design & Engineering.  Our Bio-mimicry Club was honored in national competitions two years in a row. The state-of-the art Commons building is a “living building” generating its own energy, housing science classrooms, centers for Mindfulness and Civic Engagement, a Maker Space, greenhouse, and teaching kitchen. Yet we lack a comprehensive approach to teaching climate change for all upper school students. We aim to improve our ability to empower all graduates as empathic and informed leaders who act on innovative solutions to address the impact of climate change.  

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Short overview of Harley climate change milestones (could be bulleted list)

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Dr. Betsy Vinton

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Seth O’Bryan

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Pollinator Project

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Daily Challenges and Trips with Kima Enerson, Maker Educator

Daily Challenges and Trips with Kima Enerson, Maker Educator

Kima Enerson, Maker Educator Follow the link to the Maker Education landing page to explore the daily Maker Challenge, Lego Challenge, Everyday Mystery, and Virtual Field Trips! https://sites.google.com/harleyschool.org/thecommons/makerspace-landing-page ...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Documentary, “The Promise of Biomimicry”

Documentary, “The Promise of Biomimicry”

Ever wonder how an idea inspired by nature gets brought to market? Biomimicry looks to the natural world for creative, sustainable solutions to solve our greatest design challenges.

Rochester and the Erie Canal

Rochester and the Erie Canal

Learn about the history and development of the Erie Canal and its impact on Rochester with Jay Stetzer Watch here!

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