Educational Institutions

Green Schools National Network Inc

aka GSNN

Madison, WI


The Green Schools National Network's mission is to connect K-12 teachers, administrators, leaders and professionals with evidence-based resources and tools to maximize financial and natural resources; improve the health and well-being of staff and students; and prepare student with the knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.

Our vision is that all students and staff in K-12 education can work and plan in a green, healthy, and sustianable school while they develop the knowledge and skills to co-create a sustainable future.

Our Core Values include: visionary leadership that is able to identify new ideas and new ways of transforming schools and communities; using collaboration and partnerships to strengthen, improve, and expand sustainable learning communities; and providing the framework for the growing network of like-minded individuals to work together for the greater good and the greatest impact.

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Executive Director

Jennifer Seydel Ph.D.

Main Address

Po Box 14744

Madison, WI 53708 USA

Formerly Known As

Green Charter Schools Network


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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Allies and advocates of green, healthy, sustainable schools continue to make strides in advancing green school practices related to new school design, operations, and management at the school level. There are three significant gaps in the movement that GSNN will address as we move forward to implement our strategic plan:

1. Development of a quarterly comprehensive Green Schools Publication
2. Development of a formal network with professional development opportunities for Green/Sustainable Districts
3. Development of a formal network with professional development opportunities for Green/Sustainable Schools

Without a systemic effort at the district level and whole school level, the green, healthy sustainable schools movement will not become a part of the larger education reform agenda. Through the creation of a formal network of district and school leaders, we have a greater chance of engaging the stakeholders influencing policy and practice in our nation's schools.

When we visit highly effective green, healthy, sustainable schools and school districts, they are distinctly different from traditional models. Unique characteristics of collaborative leadership, a shared vision of sustainability that influences all decisions, and experiential and proficiency based curriculum that integrates developmentally appropriate sustainability and environmental themes at each grade level. These districts and schools believe that the purpose of education is not only to educate students effectively but to prepare students who are ready and able to create a future that is healthy for both humans and the more than human world.

The time has come to identify these significant differences and make the case for how green schools and school districts have a lasting impact on students and why healthy, sustainable schools should be an integral part of rewriting the landscape of learning, instruction, and assessment in the US.

The green schools movement needs a critical mass of schools and school districts implementing common practices that demonstrate how green, healthy, sustainable schools close the achievement gap, graduate students who are college and career ready, AND who have the knowledge and skills needed to be mindful citizens to create a green, healthy and sustainable world.

Building on the current GreenPrint for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Schools the Green Schools National Network, Inc., will:

1. Publish the GreenPrint 2.0 for School Districts and the GreenPrint 2.0 for Schools that define the core practices that result in sustainable school operations and a teaching and learning model that results in students who are ready college and career ready and have the knowledge and skills to become global and ecological citizens and innovators for a sustainable future.
2. Create a quarterly publication for the green schools movement that provides case studies of green, healthy, and sustainable schools and school districts and how this work impacts social, emotional, and academic student achievement and physical health and well-being. These articles will be the foundation of "Virtual Resource Center" that house evidence-based resources that include practical tools, news, and commentary for the green, healthy, and sustainable schools community.
3. Support a network of "GreenPrint Catalyst Schools" and “GreenPrint Catalyst School Districts" who will participate in on-going implementation reviews and share leadership in the dissemination of best practices. Dissemination will occur through site visits hosted by the GreenPrint Catalysts; year-round professional development offerings; and through sharing documents through crowd sourcing the Virtual Resource Center.
4. Establish a stable of green school consultants who have the knowledge and skills to provide guidance and coaching services to schools and school districts interested in joining this network and who are able to design and implement high quality professional development for a wide range of K-12 educators and leaders; write and publish best practices.

These initiatives will be developed in three phases: Phase I: GreenPrint 2.0 Design and Fund Raising; Phase II – Pilot, Harvest, Package, Test; Phase III – Expansion; and Phase IV: Dissemination. It is expected that each Phase I and II will take one year each. Phase III and IV will begin simultaneously as we develop a year round calendar of site seminars and professional development opportunities.

Our Management Structure
We will use a Teamwork Primacy Management Model consisting of a web of teams, with clearly defined roles.
The Management Team (MT) will be facilitated by the Operations Office and will include the Executive Director; Program Officer; Operations Officer; Communications Officer; Development Officer; and Technology Officer. This team will be responsible for securing all resources and creating structures to support all of the other teams; determining the research and evaluation agenda for all programs.
The Regional School Team (RST) will be led by the Program Officer. This team will serve as on-site and virtual coaches to our Catalyst School and School Districts. In the beginning, members of the RST will be consultants. As the network grows, these roles will be filled by full-time employees. Each RST will include a Curriculum and Instruction Coach; and Operations Coach; and a Health and Wellness Coach. Each region will include at least one catalyst district; one high school; and one elementary school. Each RST will support one or two geographic regions, depending on the number of Catalyst Schools and School Districts in that region.
The Catalyst Team (CT) will be comprised of school and district stake holders who have real and role authority to implement change. The relationship between members of the the RST and the members of the Catalyst Team is the most critical partnership in the entire web matrix. These two teams will work hand in hand to implement the GreenPrint through an annual work plan. These work plans will leverage the core practices defined by GreenPrint 2.0 to improve the operations of the school/school district; the health and well-being of students and staff; and the social, emotional and academic development of all students.
The Senior Advisory Team (SAT) will be convened by the Program Officer and include up to nine experts from around the country. Three from each Core Area of the GreenPrint: Operations and Management; Health and Well-Being; and Curriculum and Instruction. The Senior Advisory Team will act as program advisory and evaluators during the annual implementation review.
The School Leader Team (SLT) will also be convened by the Program Officer. This team will be comprised of teachers and leaders from the catalyst schools/districts. This team will be convened for the purpose of sharing their best thinking and providing GSNN with feedback on GreenPrint 2.0 and coaching services provided by the RSTs. This team will help GSNN identify and crowd source the on-line data base
The Editorial and Resource Team (ERT) will be co-chaired by the Communications Officer and the IT Officer. Members of this Team will be comprised of volunteers from higher education; Catalyst Schools and School Districts; and other stakeholders in the green school movement.

Phase I and Phase II:
• GSNN develops the GreenPrint 2.0 for Schools and the GreenPrint 2.0 for School Districts
• GSNN Pilots GreenPrint 2.0 for School Districts in 3 school districts
• GSNN Pilots GreenPrint 2.0 for Schools in 9 highly implementing schools (three regions of the country)
• GSNN develops a searchable database of Program Materials that Support GreenPrint 2.0 for Schools and School DistrictsCharter school incubation and support
• GSNN Pilots an evaluation tool for GreenPrint 2.0 in Schools and GreenPrint 2.0 in School Districts
• GSNN launches quarterly on-line publication for the green schools movement.
• GS NN has developed a network of leaders and consultants to support GreenPrint 2.0 schools and school districts.
• GSNN has created a 12 month calendar of professional development for school and district leaders and teachers.
• GSNN amplifies the focus of green, healthy, sustainable schools within education reform conferences and audiences.
• GSNN achieves a balanced budget, realizing revenue that meets expenses.

Phase III and IV
• GreenPrint Catalyst schools show results across an unusually diverse network of 1 district and a minimum of 3 district, charter, K-12 schools in each of the 10 federal regions of the US
• Students at GreenPrint Catalyst schools perform better than peers in their districts on high stakes exams and demonstrate important college and career readiness skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration and leadership.
• GreenPrint Catalyst students learn to be responsible citizens, to produce high-quality work, and to engage deeply in their communities.
• GSNN engages in research to demonstrate the impact of green, healthy sustainable schools on student engagement and motivation; critical thinking, and problem solving.
• GSNN has defined an instructional approach that emphasizes deep inquiry into fewer topics and engages students in local issues that integrate science, social studies, and the arts as well as literacy and math.
• GSNN has an established national reputation for high quality professional development and a deep commitment to adult, as well as student learning.
• GSNN puts leader and teacher learning at the center of its GreenPrint model.

The Board of Directors approved a new Strategic Plan in December 2015. This plan outlines the development of the programs identfied in this report.

We have deepened our partnership with the United Stated Green Building Council and the Center for Green Schools so they are now managing the production of the Green Schools Conference and Expo and GSNN is co-chairing the Program Committee for the Conference. This effort has allowed GSNN to re-focus our attention on the original purpose of our organization: to create a network of exemplary green, healthy, and sustainable schools that can be used as cairns for other schools and school districts to follow.

We have re-defined the content and launched the reformatted Green Notes in September 2015.

We have convened a volunteer Editorial Board to support the launch of the Green Schools Journal in June 2016.

We have convened a working group to advise us on our membership program and will launch this program in February 2016..

We have convened our 10 schools who are interested in becoming Catlyst Schools.

We have convened 6 non-profit partners to support the Catalyst Schools.

We have initiated conversations with two school districts to become Green Print 2.0 Catalyst Districts.

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We have five board positions that we will be filling in the coming year. Our Governance Committee is committed to recommending Board members who reflect the demographics of the larger community. We are matching the partner organizations with the demographics of the that the Catalyst Schools and School Districts they will be supporting.