Step One of Our Educational Modules
In this first step of the Educational Modules, curriculum guides and pre-teachings are presented on the various sustainability categories. Background information, student learner outcomes, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) linkage, are integral parts of the curriculum guide, which focuses on a global to local approach. Based on these curriculum guides, teachers develop detailed lesson plans to pre-teach their students prior to the second step, Educational Site Visits.
Subject Matter Expert Videos
In class, educators are given videos and interviews of the subject matter experts they will meet in step two, the Educational Site Visits. During these visits, students already have familiarity with the concepts that they will be seeing and learning more about due to watching the videos ahead of time.
The educational goals of having specified student learner outcomes, linkage to Next Generation Science Standards, developing common terms and language, and tying the sustainable concepts to their everyday lives creates an enhanced learning environment where students are more likely to engage.
The Sustainable Energy curriculum guide, as an example, presents terms such as energy, fossil fuels, and renewable sources. These terms are disaggregated and bought down to a local Kaua’i level. Students then relate to and are interested in the subject matter when energy takes the form of electricity for charging devices, fossil fuels as a contributor to global warming, and renewable sources as potential jobs of the future.
Ready for Step Two
Based on these curriculum guides, teachers develop detailed lesson plans to pre-teach their students prior to the second step, Educational Site Visits.Educational Site Visits