Vermont A Leader In Education For Sustainability
12/01/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Education for Sustainability is about the interconnectedness of everything - the environment, the economy, society. It's often hands on, and incorporates a lot of service learning. And it's very focused on sense of place and community. We talk to three local educators who are very involved with Education for Sustainability in Vermont - Jen Cirillo is the director of Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project, Tom Sabo is a science teacher at Montpelier High School and a current Rowland Fellow, focusing on using service learning to integrate curriculum around the concept of sustainability, and Anne Tewksbury-Frye is the Sustainability Coach at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School in Burlington. We look at the philosophy of education for sustainability, and how local teachers are working it into their curriculums, in everything from science classes to social studies, art and English.
Also on the program, Handel's Messiah has become ingrained in the musical tradition of Christmas. And performances of Messiah abound this weekend in our region. We talk to VPR classical host Walter Parker, who keeps an annual Messiah Watch to let listeners know of performances near them.