Course Details

P228-7441.1F18 - How to Facilitate Systems Thinking in Your Classroom through Green Beetz

Course Details
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 – 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.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 10/07/2018 Start Date: 10/08/2018 End Date: 01/11/2019
Location: Blended Prof. Dev. Hours: 12 No. of P-Credits: 1 Categories: Science
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 4,5,6,7,8
Danielson Components 1a : Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: Green Beetz Inc. Contact:
Instructor # 1: Kira Cohen-Milo Instructor # 2:
ASPDP Fee: $45.00 Education Partner Fee: $50.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $95.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Log into your ASPDP account to pay the ASPDP fee. After registering for this course with ASPDP, fill out the Green Beetz Questionnaire: and then you will be directed to submit the additional course content fee of $50 through paypal: PayPal.Me/greenbeetz. If you have any questions or are unable to pay the course content fee ($50) for financial reasons please do email us at