Thursday, January 19, 2012

Incorporate IAQ into Classroom Lesson Plans and Walkthroughs

With 2012 underway, encourage your students to be stewards of their school environment this year. Integrating IAQ topics into your curriculum can empower and educate your students, inform them of actions they can take to create a healthy indoor environment, and help build understanding and support for a school-wide IAQ management program.

Lesson Plans

School environmental issues, such as IAQ, can be incorporated into environmental science, chemistry, statistics, math, health and other classroom curricula. Teachers who have integrated IAQ information into their lesson plans have reported increased class participation, greater respect for the classroom environment and increased awareness of how personal actions affect the environment.

To get ideas on how to engage students at your school, download hands-on, interactive lesson plans from the National Education Association Health Information Network. These lesson plans are designed for grades K-12 and supplement the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit. All of the lesson plans are linked to standards and can be easily integrated with your school district’s curriculum.

Classroom Walkthroughs

To protect your students against poor IAQ and to spur action to ensure your classroom promotes and maintains a healthy, clean environment, use the Teacher’s Classroom Checklist from the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit. The Checklist and Backgrounder include tips on identifying potential IAQ problems and preventing them. Download the checklist as a PDF or MS Word format, which allows you to tailor the checklist to your schools’ specific classrooms.

School District Spotlight

Northshore School District, located in Bothell, Wash., developed an IAQ program that is truly a team effort, including students, teachers, staff, IAQ coordinators and administrators. The diverse participation in their IAQ management program has enabled Northshore to provide innovative, meaningful and effective solutions to IAQ issues. The district's IAQ initiatives range from a student-led emissions study to assess the impact of bus idling, to in-class training on IAQ risks and how to prevent them, to implementation of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program to support IAQ goals. Connect with this district to learn more about how they were able to involve students in their IAQ management program.

Do you know a teacher or school administrator who would be interested in engaging students on IAQ management?

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Upcoming Webinar!

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1 2:30 p.m. EST

The Virtual School Walkthrough 2.0: Responding to Common IAQ Issues and Concerns
Join IAQ experts Richard Prill from Washington State University and David Blake from the Northwest Clean Air Agency as they share their best practices and guidance on complaint response, diagnostic instrument use, and the pros and cons of air sampling. This webinar is a follow-on to the Virtual School Walkthrough 1.0 webinar, held in December 2011. This webinar will touch upon the information presented in December, but further delve into how you can effectively respond to IAQ issues and concerns and how to communicate your IAQ assessment findings to your school community. Register here.

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