|Course Description: Green Beetz is an innovative, holistic, STEM-based curriculum incorporating media and inquiry-based activities, aligned to the Common Core Standards that invites students to consider how food impacts the environment, their bodies and the world around them. Empowerment is a key component of the program. Green Beetz strives to give students the tools to understand these issues and address them positively in their own lives, their families and their communities. Throughout this course we ask teachers to be their students and strive to empower them in their classrooms. Participants will begin the course by choosing one Green Beetz topic/lesson to adapt to the specific needs of their students and classroom space and bring their adapted lesson plan to the in-person session to receive input/feedback/and share ideas with their peers. They will keep a one-week food journal â€“ and then analyze and reflect on the results with the help of a Behavior Over Time Graph (BOTG) and research and create their own Feedback Loop - a two unique tools they can use in their classrooms to illustrate system thinkings and how we as people can influence a system and create change. This course focusing on providing educators with the tools and skills to teach Green Beetz through a systems thinking approach so that by the course completion participants will be able to submit examples of their students work of a BOTG, Collect & Cluster, or a Feedback Loop. The in-person session enriches the final Green Beetz lesson with a tour of a Greenmarket, talking to local farmers, a classroom cooking demo and best practice tips for leading their own classroom snack/tasting. Tasting is a critical component of the Green Beetz curriculum as research has shown that students who play a role in food prep (cooking, preparing food, gardening) are more likely to try something new which can lead to positive behavioral changes in students' food preference and acceptance. Through this course teachers receive the full Green Beetz curriculum digitally, online access to our vimeo page that hosts the lesson videos, accompanying lesson powerpoints, tutorial videos, an FAQ board, and membership to the growing NYC Green Beetz teacher network.