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At an urban L.A. school, nature grows — and test scores too: At Leo Politi Elementary, workers ripped out concrete and planted native flora. The plants attracted insects, which attracted birds, which attracted students, who, fascinated by the nature unfolding before them, learned so much that their science test scores rose sixfold.
Definitely your feel-good story of the day. Listen to these kids:

“What is a pattern?” asked Rhieman, a retired principal teaching under a special contract funded by private donations.
“Something that repeats,” several students said in unison.
“Like the roller-coaster flight of a lesser goldfinch,” added another.

Photo: In partnership with Los Angeles Audubon, Leo Politi in 2008 became one of the first elementary schools in the city to apply for and win “schoolyard habitat” and partner’s grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

At an urban L.A. school, nature grows — and test scores too: At Leo Politi Elementary, workers ripped out concrete and planted native flora. The plants attracted insects, which attracted birds, which attracted students, who, fascinated by the nature unfolding before them, learned so much that their science test scores rose sixfold.

Definitely your feel-good story of the day. Listen to these kids:

“What is a pattern?” asked Rhieman, a retired principal teaching under a special contract funded by private donations.

“Something that repeats,” several students said in unison.

“Like the roller-coaster flight of a lesser goldfinch,” added another.

Photo: In partnership with Los Angeles Audubon, Leo Politi in 2008 became one of the first elementary schools in the city to apply for and win “schoolyard habitat” and partner’s grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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support the Healthy Schools Act: 

What if the DC government created something like Baltimore Public Schools’ Great Kids Farm, a 33 acre educational farm in Catonsville, Maryland in response to this act? Class Trip to Great Kids Farm (Picture from washingtonpost.com)

Let’s show  support for the DC Schools Compost Pilot Program. This could be the first step towards closing the loop in getting food waste back to the land instead of the landfill.

keeping good leadership in urban schools

Sustainable Leadership in Urban Schools

December 16th, 2010

Earlier this week, Cleveland Schools CEO Eugene Sanders announced his intentions to resign. Sanders retirement came as a surprise to many throughout the city. Just six months ago he announced a wide scale school transformation plan, calling it the most important work of his career. While the district has asserted its intentions to continue moving forward with the plan, its success is without a doubt in question.

Read the full post @ The Why Cleveland Matters Blog

eatwithmeblog:

TIME magazine names Collaborative Consumption as one of the top trends of 2010.

The term collaborative consumption is used to describe the cultural and economic force away from ‘hyper-consumption’ to re-invented economic models of sharing, swapping, bartering, trading or renting that have been enabled by advances in social media and peer-to-peer online platforms.

Here Rachel Botsman shares her mission to make sharing cool.