Jennifer Seydel brings more than 35 years of experience preparing youth for success in an ever-changing
world to her role as the Executive Director of the Green Schools National Network. Jenny has taught at
grade-levels from kindergarten to graduate school, worked in public schools and non-profits, has been
involved with starting numerous public charter schools, has extensive experience with at-risk children and
has worked with educators across the country and eastern Asia. Prior to her role with GSNN, she was
a school designer with Expeditionary Learning for twelve years, providing school coaching, leadership
development, and curriculum design support to schools nationwide. She was the lead author of one of
the first integrated curriculum modules that combines the Common Core State Standards in ELA with the
Next Generation Science Standards.
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school grounds, as well as current trends that
are shaping the future of this movement. And
don’t miss our columns, to hear from teachers,
students, and school administrators about
their experiences on the leading edge of the
green schools movement.
So, where do we go from here? To move past
the first stage of movement building, we need
to figure out how to build critical alliances
with people and organizations that can help
us translate our knowledge and work into a
compelling argument that advances our cause.
Within these alliances, we must identify the
leaders who will step up to be our voice and
convey our message with urgency. I would not
be surprised if some of these leaders can be
found in the very pages of this publication.
The authors within these pages provide the
evidence for what is possible in the green
schools movement. Let’s take their words
and translate them into action. Only then will
we advance toward our vision of every child
attending a green, healthy, sustainable school.