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In the fall of 2008, INFORM joined forces with the Center for Environmental Education to collaborate on Secret's Out, an original curriculum to accompany our videos. The Center, a 20-year old non-profit whose mission is to create environmental leadership in schools around climate change, is developing six-week multi-disciplinary lesson plans that incorporate our Secret Life series films and research.
A series of fun hands-on learning activities gets students thinking twice about paper and how its production and consumption affect the well-being of the planet. The stimulating curriculum also encourages students to critique their own consumption patterns, as well as those of their families, schools, and local communities.
The curriculum for grade levels 4 - 6, which costs $25, is being piloted in a few select schools this spring, and response so far is overwhelmingly positive. We are very excited about this program, as it allows us to create meaningful and measurable impact with the video series. It also allows us to help shape the attitudes of our youth-tomorrow's decision makers.
Center for Environmental Education
In 2008, the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) celebrates twenty years as an international resource center and clearinghouse for environmental education. They believe that anyone can become an environmental leader and that teachers, administrators, students and parents must be well informed and supported toward that end.
CEE grew out of the belief that if positive environmental change is going to occur, it must begin with the education of our children. The Center was started in 1988 by Jayni Chase in Pacific Palisades, California. The Center moved to Unity College in Maine in 2008.
Their mission is to provide the necessary resources, curriculum, expertise and guidance to cultivate environmental leadership in K - 12 schools. They work to create environmentally healthy schools where children learn how to choose sustainable lifestyles.
Since its creation CEE has been a vital link between the 'in-the-trenches" educators and the abundant environmental resources available. CEE provides important connections for countless in-service teachers and in-the-field educators bringing accurate, interesting, timely and inspiring teaching materials and educational resources into schools and classrooms.