Roots of Success Environmental Literacy Textbooks – Seeking Letters of Request

To all interested parties:

The City of Newark Department of Economic & Housing Development’s Division of Planning, Zoning and Sustainability is seeking letters of interest for the use of Roots of Success environmental literacy curriculum textbooks. The City of Newark is in possession of 154 student workbooks and is seeking interested partners to use them to provide environmental literacy and environmental justice training to Newark residents. One hundred twenty four workbooks are aimed at social entrepreneurs. Thirty are available in Spanish and are aimed at a general audience.

Roots of Success is designed to teach environmental literacy while enhancing academic literacy and job readiness skills. Its curriculum can be taught to people with limited proficiency in English, math, science and/or computer skills. The curriculum is divided into six thematic modules, plus an introduction and conclusion – water, waste, transportation, energy, building and food & agriculture. Each module can be taught in four hours. This curriculum requires instructors to be certified through a “train the trainer” workshop offered by Roots of Success. Once trained, it is easy to use. Instructors can use as many or as few of the modules as desired.

Instructors teach the curriculum using a scripted Instructors Manual and DVD that includes visuals and videos. Each student receives a Student Workbook that includes all of the exercises and activities needed for the course. This curriculum is available in both English and Spanish. More information is available at www.rootsofsuccess.org.

Any interested party should provide a one page letter outlining proposed plan for use of books. Letters should also include type and number of books being requested.

Arrangements to receive “train-the-trainer” workshop must be made independently with the Roots of Success organization. Training for instructors is $500 per instructor. It is done via online video conference for smaller groups (1-6) during one 6 hour day, or in person for larger groups (7-15).

Please send a one page Letter of Request to Kate Anderson at AndersonKa@ci.newark.nj.us by Friday, June 17, 2016 to express interest. Letters will be reviewed in the order they are received and workbooks will be distributed to groups with demonstrated capacity to make use of the material.

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