Resources for Children's Learning
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) hosts a website devoted to teaching and learning for pre-K through high school. Here you will find free instructional resources for various disciplines - you can search by grade, subject, or media form to locate useful content. You will also find a Teachers' Lounge where you can look for and share teaching ideas and a page that features Digital Innovators. Additionally, PBS Education offers Professional Development materials.
Michael Johnathon's Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour has partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop some classroom performing arts projects. "WOODSONGS in the CLASSROOM is a Music & Arts Education Project involving music, history, language arts and more designed to encourage community and creativity."
The learning resources, tools, and activities on this website introduce visual art as creative, exciting, and interactive. Kids (of all ages) can learn about art and art history through online platforms and programs, and they can use their imagination to create unique art projects themselves.
This publisher of children's and young adults' reading material has great online resources for K-8 students. The link here will take you to a page with ready-made lesson plans—great for homeschoolers! If you want to navigate to other parts of the site, simply click the link, look to the left, and choose one of the many offerings.
A great resource for educators, administrators, policy-makers, and families! "Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education." Currently, they report stories from Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Newark, Detroit, and Chicago. Topics include: Who's In Charge (tracks policy & legislation), Movers & Shakers (introduces people & organizations driving education conversations), Are Children Learning (explains how state exams are changing), and The Other 60 Percent (examines how schools contribute to students' well-being).
Resources for Adult Learning
"Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between." This site is an amazing resource -- have fun exploring!
Tremendous online archive of avant-garde and Modernist works of art. The site contains countless videos, audio recordings, essays, and other documents produced by and about major artists like John Cage, Samuel Beckett, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Yoko Ono, and many, many more.
Curious about the life of Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard? Looking for resources on Africana Philosophy? Trying to understand the dynamics of Feminist Ethics? This continually updated online encyclopedia can help you find detailed information to answer these questions and much more in the ever-evolving realm of philosophy. The website includes the voices of scholars from around the world; its Table of Contents and Search tool enable you to dive into this exciting world.
The Poetry Foundation - Online and On-site Events -- Chicago
Established in 2003, "The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in our culture. The Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry." You can search their website by Poet or School (Black Arts Movement, Beat, etc.). You can also browse by Poetry category, such as: Poems for Teens or Audio Poems. The site also contains resources for Educators and information on Events & Exhibits taking place at their home in Chicago.
The Cabbage School -On-Site -- Leicester, NC
Drawing on the tradition of dynamic learning experiments such as Black Mountain College as well as a thriving homesteading and crafting ethos in Western North Carolina, The Cabbage School brings together artisans, craftspeople, dreamers, bodyworkers, and multi-disciplinary artists to explore the world around them. This is an exciting growing-from-the-ground-up endeavor that is offering classes, workshops, and other events that embrace and explore creative arts practices, community formation, and individual self-reliant skill development.
Omega Institute - Online Learning and On-Site Events -- Rhinebeck, NY
Begun in 1977, the Omega Institute functions as a dynamic center for lifelong learning. It brings together exciting thinkers in the fields of spirituality and religion, the arts, the physical & social sciences, and the humanities through its initiatives and centers. Values of holism, community, sustainability, service, and integrity guide Omega's multi-faceted efforts. Check out their online and on-site offerings!
"Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC [Massive Open Online Course] provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.
With more than 130 global partners, we are proud to count the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions as our members. EdX university members top the QS World University Rankings® with our founders receiving the top honors, and edX partner institutions ranking highly on the full list."
These courses are free and many of them are self-paced. You can also pay a minimal fee to receive a certificate proving your completion of the class.
Resources for Environmental Learning
Center for Ecoliteracy -- Berkeley, CA
The Center provides resources and support for ecological education. These include reports on school projects related to food networks and sustainability as well as publications on cultivating ecological literacy. One of their primary initiatives involves redesigning school meal programs and supporting the creation of school gardens. The Center also facilitates conferences and professional development. You'll find articles, videos, recipes, and ways to connect with them on their site.
School Garden Learning Resources -- University of Georgia Extension website
This website provides helpful step-by-step instructions and tips for starting a school garden, lesson plan PDFs for Kindergarten through 8th Grade curricula, recipes and tips for cooking with school gardens, a list of additional resources (essays, books, etc.) on topics including Children's Health, Environmental Stewardship, and Academic Performance and Engagement, and much more. This site is well worth a look if you are interested in edible pedagogy and the learning garden movement!
Permaculture Design Certification -- Various Locations
If you find yourself thinking about the health of your community or the planet, or you are interested in becoming more self-reliant by growing your own food and medicinal plants, or you recognize the need to educate children and adults about the connections between nutrition, wellbeing, health, and & environmental social justice, then learning about permaculture design may be an exciting path for you to take! This whole systems-thinking approach to designing our homes and communities integrates practices of organic gardening, resource conservation, social interactivity, and much more. There are many centers across the US and abroad that offer certification programs, including the School of Integrated Living (near Asheville, NC), Sonoran Permaculture Guild (Tucson, AZ), and Midwest Permaculture (Stelle, IL) [where Joanne earned her certification].
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine -- online
This school offers online programs for those interested in learning more about the botany, harvesting, growing, and application of medicinal plants. They offer two shorter-term online courses in Foraging and Medicine-Making and a longer, more comprehensive (1000-hr) course called Herbal Immersion. Joanne is completing the latter course and has been impressed with the comprehensive coverage of material, the eye-catching photography and videos that supplement the texts, and the additional resources and support offered. The Chestnut School has started a Student Referral program, offering a discount to new enrollees and a commission to the student who refers them. To find out more, please contact Joanne.