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1 Green Ribbon Schools Information Webinar September 25, 2013 Virginia Green Ribbon Schools Team

2 Green Ribbon Schools

3 Green Ribbon Schools: Background U.S. Department of Education began ED-GRS recognition award in Fall 2011 and named the first national cohort in April 2012 and the second national cohort in April It is a nationwide recognition award, not a grant. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools and districts that are exemplary in: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

4 Green Ribbon Schools: Background The application is intended to focus on measureable and verifiable results wherever possible. Virginias application, though based on the national criteria, provides ample opportunities for schools in the Commonwealth to highlight Virginia-specific emphases and initiatives. Virginia had two national ED GRS school awardees in 2012 and two national school awardees in This is the third year of Virginias participation in the US GRS Awards Recognition program.

5 Green Ribbon Schools: Award Process The GRS award process consists of two steps: 1.complete and electronically submit the state application to the state review committee. Virginia is permitted up to four state school nominations. at least one must be a private school; and one must be a school with at least 40 percent of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds (either Title I or Title I eligible). 2.A national review panel will review and select the ED GRS awardees.

6 Green Ribbon Schools: Application Three following points are important to consider in the application process: 1.The ED GRS goals are ambitious goals and few schools may have achieved all three, or perhaps even 100% of any one of the goals. Certain indicators may not be attainable at this time due to local or state requirements and restrictions. 2.Schools demonstrating exemplary achievement in meeting all three goals will receive the highest rankings. 3.Applicants must document achievement in all three goals using quantifiable measures wherever possible. Applications without documentation will not be considered.

7 Green Ribbon Schools: Application The application is structured around the three ED GRS goal areas (pillars). Application reviews will be based on the applicant's demonstrated progress toward each of the three GRS goals stated below: Goal I: Reduce environmental impact and costs. Goal II: Improve the health and wellness of students and staff. Goal III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

8 Green Ribbon Schools: Application The three ED GRS goals are further subdivided into multiple "Elements" in order to provide more detail and explanation for what is meant by that goal. 1.Each element then has one or more questions that enable the applicant to demonstrate the schools progress and include other measures that reflect similar intent. 2.Most elements have been grouped together into categories for the sake of clarity and organization. 3.An application scoring matrix is provided to give an overview of how the review committee will weigh each GRS goal and element.

9 Green Ribbon Schools: Application 3.An application scoring matrix is provided to give an overview of how the review committee will weigh each GRS goal and element.

10 Green Ribbon Schools: Application WHAT TO SUBMIT The full GRS packet sent to the Virginia Department of Education must consist of three required parts and an optional fourth appendix. 1. Virginia GRS Core Application The GRS core application must not exceed the 20-page maximum prescribed by USED. The core application (pages 1-20 of this document) is designed so that the school response to each item cannot exceed a maximum per each section.

11 Green Ribbon Schools: Application WHAT TO SUBMIT The parts of the core application are the: 1.completed and signed (in blue ink) Cover Sheet using the blank Cover Sheet template (page 1 of this document);

12 Green Ribbon Schools: Application WHAT TO SUBMIT 2.Table of Contents template (page 2 of this document);

13 Green Ribbon Schools: Application WHAT TO SUBMIT 3.completed School Eligibility, Compliance, and Information sheet using the blank School Eligibility, Compliance, and Information template (page 3 of this document);

14 Green Ribbon Schools: Application WHAT TO SUBMIT 4.completed application sections (Pages 4-20) including the Abstract, Crosscutting Questions 1 and 2, and Elements 1A through 3C (items/questions 1- 55).

15 Green Ribbon Schools: Application Appendixes WHAT TO SUBMIT 2. Virginia GRS Appendix A Include a list of the application writing team with names and positions. (Do not include the names of students, only the number of student participants.) (Two pages maximum) 3. Virginia GRS Appendix B Include documentation for each question, organized to mirror the numbering system for Goals and Elements presented on the Table of Contents template, page 2 of the application. 4. Virginia GRS Appendix C (optional) Include up to five (5) pages of captioned color photographs for review by the Virginia GRS nominating team. Each page may not have more than four (4) photographs.

16 Green Ribbon Schools Please keep in mind, Appendices A, B, and C are intended for the Virginia GRS state review team ONLY. The 20-page core application must stand on its own. USED will not accept any additional material/information other than the 20-page core applications of the schools that the Virginia review team sends forward for the national review.

17 Green Ribbon Schools: Application The Application Packet Completion Checklist offers a way for applicants to keep track of the work flow of the application. It also allows you to build a timeline around the completion of the application.

18 Green Ribbon Schools: Abstract In an effort to reduce the time applicants invest after the Virginia state review process, we ask you complete an abstract. It also gives you the opportunity to include information about any savings that have been realized because of your schools green efficiencies.

19 Green Ribbon Schools: Goals and Elements Please answer each of the indicators to the best of your knowledge. Include documentation in Appendix B and photos in Appendix C. Please do not exceed the word limit on any item.

20 Green Ribbon Schools: Resources The USED Green Strides Webinar Series continues weekly with dozens of sessions to help all schools reduce environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and provide effective education for the challenges of the 21st century.Green Strides Webinar Series The Green Ribbon School Resource page is designed to assist interested schools find resources more easily.Green Ribbon School Resource page

21 Green Ribbon Schools: Resources

22 Green Ribbon Schools: Goals and Elements Please do not exceed the space allowed in the box. You may be able to fit more words in the box, but you must keep to the page number.

23 Green Ribbon Schools: School Team Virginias GRS application requires that all operational areas of the applicant school work together to document the schools progress. It is important to assemble a school and community-wide team to complete the application efficiently and thoroughly. This team should include: administrators (school site and division); physical plant and grounds experts; food services professionals; instructional staff across grades and subjects including physical and health education; parents; community representatives (e.g., public agencies, private foundations, and civic groups); businesses and industry partners; and classes or student representatives.

24 Green Ribbon Schools: Important Dates The Virginia GRS application must be completed and received by the Virginia Department of Education by December 13, 2013, no later than 4 p.m. Submittals should be done through or Dropbox. The US Department of Education will announce the national ED GRS awardees on Earth Day, April 22, For additional information, please contact Barbara Young, science specialist, Office of Science and Health Education, by at or by telephone at (804)

25 Green Ribbon Schools: Contact Information Suzie Gilley VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries P O Box Richmond, VA Ann Regn, Director Department of Environmental Quality PO Box 1105, 629 E. Main Street Richmond, VA Lisa Deaton, Forest Education Specialist Virginia Department of Forestry East Nine Mile Road - Sandston, VA FAX Hunter L. Barnes Virginia Department of Education Phone: Michael Foreman Department of Conservation and Recreation (804)


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