Making the Case for Long-Term Investment in the Development of Diverse Young Leaders
DATE: Oct 17 2018
TIME: 11am – 12pm central time
As we seek to enhance the breadth of experience and cultural backgrounds of those in the children and nature movement, it is imperative that we develop the leadership capacity of diverse young people to serve, work in, and lead this movement. Why would it be valuable to make a long-term investment in training and leadership development of diverse young leaders? What strategies are being used to invest in their sustained leadership development? Is there evidence to support those approaches? What are the experiences of young leaders involved in these programs? How might the experiences of leadership development practitioners and young leaders inform research on leadership developmental pathways?
Join members of C&NN’s Research and Natural Leaders initiatives and our young leader guests in a conversation about making the case for investment in sustained leadership development for diverse young leaders. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and strategies.
Making the Case for Green Schoolyards: A Simple Intervention with Big Potential
DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2018
TIME: 11am – 12pm Central Time
What if a simple intervention could produce a host of benefits for students, teachers and neighborhoods? Research increasingly tells us that greening schoolyards can positively impact children’s healthy development and a community’s overall health and connectedness to nature. And yet, there are relatively few green schoolyards in the US, indicating a disconnect between what we know from research and the decisions we make about educational interventions. And in some ways, the research has not kept up with great advances on the ground.
Join members of C&NN’s Research and Green Schoolyards initiatives and special guest Bill Sullivan, head of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, for our second installment of the “Making the Case” research webinar series. Participants will leave with valuable evidence-based information to make the case for greening schoolyards, as well as an understanding of what we still need to know.
Director of Research, C&NN; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Extension, University of Minnesota
Professor and Head, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Director, Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities, C&NN
Making the Case: Equitable Access to Nature’s Benefits
ORIGINAL WEBINAR AIR DATE: Thursday, March 15, 2018
TIME: 11am – 12pm Central Time
Children from communities of color and low-income neighborhoods face physical as well as social and structural barriers to quality nature spaces and experiences. This inequity is reflected in disparate health, mental health and developmental outcomes. Conversely, nature access can create more racially, socially and economically equitable communities.
In this first iteration of our “Making the Case” webinar series, join members of C&NN’s Research, Cities Connecting Children to Nature, Natural Leaders and Green Schoolyards initiatives. We will explore what the latest research and our work in communities can tell us about overcoming barriers and implementing promising strategies to increase equitable access to nature for children and families.
Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by children of diverse backgrounds — as well as hope, inspiration and concrete ideas for increasing equitable nature access.