Resources for Each Step
Maximize the value of each step in the Community Action and Problem Solving Process
Step 1: Community Environmental Inventory
Step 2: Issue Selection
Step 3: Policy and Practice Research
Step 4: Goal & Strategy Selection
Step 5: Taking Action!
Step 6: Celebrate & Reflect
We've recently created many new online resources, all are found on this site!
Hello Earth Force friends! I am writing to you from Michigan, where the state just instituted stricter COVID-19 guidelines. I hope you are all safe and staying healthy. We find that those working on Earth Force + PBL projects that take course over the school year usually break for the holiday after making a decision[…]
In Step 2, we have discussed selecting an issue to tackle as a group in a democratic way. Democratic decision-making means that not everyone who participated will receive their first choice, we all make compromises to work together! Before putting the final stamp of approval on the issue that has been selected, have a debrief[…]
Now more than ever, it is important for young people to understand the civic processes involved with voting. As an integral part of our country’s fabric, encouraging youth to get involved and vote when they are eligible is crucial. Voting can be integrated into the classroom in both large and small ways. We suggest beginning[…]
Last week, we provided a few recommendations on the keys to making equitable decisions. In preparation, use this What’s for Lunch activity to familiarize students with democratic decision-making, using a fun topic. Allowing students to practice criteria-based decision-making before making a touch decision takes some of the complexity and pressure off of the process. Looking[…]
Once issues are identified, it is time to make a decision on which one to work on! Having a group tackle one issue together helps you, the educator, manage student work as well as help build collaboration skills in young people. When your group is ready to make a decision, keep these practices in mind![…]
After conducting inventories, compiling data, and digging into the root cause of concerns you and your group find, it is time to analyze your root causes to come up with a concise Strengths and Issues List. Organizing your key information in this way will help youth make decisions, research policies, and develop sustainable solutions. This[…]
Many educators and students are heading back into the classroom (or virtual equivalent) this week! With that in mind, use this checklist to make sure your students are completing everything they need in the Inventory process. Looking for a Step 1 Overview? Check our our previous blog post for a short overview video. You know[…]
Gathering data is very important, but what is more important is knowing what that data means. In Step 1 of the Earth Force Process, young people gather information about their community to determine their major strengths, and concerns. Once these lists are complete, it is imperative that young people dig into the root causes of[…]
Now that school is heading back into session, we wanted to share a great new Step 1: Community Inventories overview video that we created this summer. Use this tool to help create inquiry-based analyses with your students that can lead to action! This video, in conjunction with our other Step 1 Resources (plus your Educator[…]
Developing quality inventories may look a little differently this year compared to the past. Considering students’ home life, access to the outdoors, and ability to connect digitally all need to be considered. Developing inventories first begins with the educator defining the community boundaries. This helps put context to the Process, as well as a relevant[…]
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