Course Details

P228-7781.1S19 - Systems thinking in your classroom through Green Beetz (Grades 5-8)

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. Creating systems thinkers is at the foundation of Green Beetz and through cultivating a systems thinking mindset in our youth, students will be able to see the interconnectivity of all the parts of a whole, they will be able to step back and see the big picture and the implications of identifying and acting on leverage points within a system. The Green Beetz curriculum is most powerful when taught through the lens of a systems thinking mindset as all the topics are interconnected, in some cases that connection is apparent and in others a mind that can see the less obvious links between topics is necessary. For teachers to have success in teaching the subject matter of Green Beetz they must have a strong grasp systems thinking: The Natural Food System, The History of Food, Environmental Impacts of the Modern Food System, Nutrition Science Basics, The Digestive and Circulatory Systems, Diet-Related Illnesses, Marketing and Advertising, Cooking Basics and the Culture of Food. Participants will begin the course by creating their own presentations that define systems thinking in their own words and what role it may play in their own lives and how it can be useful in their classrooms - based on their student’s needs. Participants will then give and receive peer feedback on their presentations and by the end of the course will re-submit their final presentation based on further information learned through the course and peer and instructor feedback. For the mid term, in addition to providing peer feedback, participants 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 they will research and create their own Feedback Loop - 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. By the course completion participants will be able to submit examples of their students work of systems thinking (Collect and Cluster). And through this course teachers receive the full Green Beetz curriculum digitally and online access to all our resources and teacher community via
Status: Cancelled Registration Deadline: 03/14/2019 Start Date: 03/15/2019 End Date: 06/07/2019
Location: Online Prof. Dev. Hours: 12 No. of P-Credits: 1 Categories: Science
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 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: Sonia Bouclainville
ASPDP Fee: $45.00 Education Partner Fee: $45.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $90.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Course Payment instructions: Step 1: Register with ASPDP to earn P-Credits or CTLE credits. You can do this by logging into ASPDP at where you can select your choice for the course(s) you would like to take during this term. There is a processing fee that will need to be paid to ASPDP. Step 2: Next register with Green Beetz, by answering a few questions and paying the course content fee via this form: google registration form: The course content fee is $45 and you will be directed to submit payment through paypal after completing the online form. Our paypal ID is: PayPal.Me/greenbeetz. If you have any questions please email us at or call 212-572- 3690