1. Schools That Change Communities

Schools That Change Communities, a new one hour documentary from award winning producer Bob Gliner (Lessons From The Real World, Democracy Left Behind) focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states – Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Oregon, and California – that have the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.  A DVD of the documentary is available through Bob’s website:   A three minute trailer of the documentary can also be viewed on the website.

2. SESI 2012: Sustainability Education Summer Institute

SESIThe 3-day Institute, held on the beautiful and sustainably-built IslandWood campus on Bainbridge Island, is the perfect setting for collaborative and reflective learning. Participants have the opportunity to experience practical strategies, and design curriculum and programs that integrate sustainability into classes, schools, and districts. Session strands include: Introduction to Sustainability Education; Current Trends and Topics in Sustainability; and Research, Practices, and Policies in Sustainability Education. Registration fees include accommodation and meals. For more information, contact Cathy Sanford at

3. Mazda Foundation Grants

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research.  The deadline for application is July 1, 2012.

4. Outstanding Young Educator Award

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development offers a yearly Outstanding Young Educator Award, recognizing a teacher under the age of 40 who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession.  Criteria include a positive impact on students, creativity in the classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district.  The deadline for nomination is August 1, 2012.

5. Creating a Schoolyard Habitat/Outdoor Classroom

A Schoolyard Habitat/Outdoor Classroom Program is a coordinated effort between schools, Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) offices, and other conservation and community organizations to establish ecologically sound restoration projects that are sustainable outdoor learning areas on school sites.  OUT8164: Creating a Schoolyard Habitat/Outdoor Classroom, September 10-14, 2012 in Denali Park, Alaska, develops technical consultants that can assist schools at the local level in areas such as project design, curriculum connections, student instruction, and more.  The deadline for registration is July 2, 2012; call for availability after this date.

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