Center for Ecoliteracy communications director Lisa Bennett and education program director Carolie Sly join Thomas Little and Joan Wright-Albertini of Park Day School in Oakland to present at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Philadelphia February 27 to March 1.
They will share inspiring stories from the Center's 2012 book Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, which opens with a tender, exquisitely planned lesson designed by Wright-Albertini for her first-grade class at Park Day.
The presentation will also examine five vital "ecoliterate" teaching practices described in the book, coauthored with Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence.
The conference, whose theme is "Think Big, Think Great," celebrates the 50th anniversary of NAIS, which serves more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad.
Carolie Sly, Ph.D., education program director of the Center for Ecoliteracy (www.ecoliteracy.org), has coauthored several books and articles, including the award-winning California State Environmental Education Guide and the Center for Ecoliteracy's Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment. She also coauthored the Center’s discussion guide for the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc.
Lisa Bennett is former communications director of the Center for Ecoliteracy (www.ecoliteracy.org) and a former fellow at Harvard University's Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is coauthor of the Center's book Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and is a contributor to the Center's Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (Watershed Media, 2009).