Course on the Complexities of a Contemporary, Healthy Food System
FOOD Ed. is a national standards-aligned course that brings STEAM to life by exploring the complexities of the nation’s food system. The semester-long interdisciplinary course explores connections between food and culture, food and environment, and food and power. Developed by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit farm and educational center based near Tarrytown, New York, FOOD Ed. offers students a whirlwind tour of how food is grown, marketed, and consumed. The course is offered as an elective in 37 high schools nationwide, with additional secondary schools planning to participate in the future. A free downloadable course overview outlines the 34 lessons and recipes that make up the semester-long course.
Plus: Teachers can dive deep into the curriculum during a four-day Summer Teacher Institute on the farm. The institute combines discussions, teaching practice, tours, and hands-on learning activities—all in service of preparing teachers to pilot their own FOOD Ed. classroom. The FOOD Ed. Teacher Institute is free of cost; Stone Farms will reimburse some travel costs. Teachers who complete the FOOD Ed. Teacher Institute are also eligible for a Kitchen Lab equipment grant, a kit with everything they need to transform their classroom into a teaching kitchen (with a value of up to $2,500).
With the widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a freeAutism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.
Flinn Scientific, a trusted partner in science education and lab safety, has launched Flinn At-Home Science with extensive complimentary resources to help teachers and students continue their science and STEM education journey, even when the learning is taking place outside the school building. Teachers can integrate the content into daily learning experiences with on-demand and broadcast lab videos and webinars, as well as at-home activities and discounted lab kits. They can select digital STEM solutions for engineering, dissections, and AP science.