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Redefining Progress and EJCC: Highlights

The Genuine Progress Indicator has received a surge of attention in the U.S. and abroad, as the financial crisis has shown the dangers of a drive for unceasing GDP growth. Redefining Progress has made vital connections with organizations and governments in Europe that use sustainability indicators as measurements of progress, and we are preparing a GPI program that will include quarterly updates to the GPI, policy applications, and the integration of the GPI into formal education. Nearly half a million people have taken the Ecological Footprint Quiz to measure their impact on the Earth since its redesign in April. The…

5 Ways School Teachers Can Address Gaps Within the Social Ecological Model

One of the biggest challenges facing young and experienced teachers across the country is dealing with the issues that come with teaching in socio-economically challenged areas.   Why?   Because students in these areas often have unique needs that you wouldn’t normally encounter in more privileged areas where kids have access to more resources and opportunities, as well as a stable home life.   This is where the social-ecological model and ecological systems theory comes in. Both were born out of the experience of teachers who had gone through similar experiences in socio-economically challenged areas.   Based on their experience,…