Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Education Project in Colorado

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:24am

Over the last six months, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has made a huge splash throughout the state of Colorado by empowering educators to get involved in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and helping them implement service-learning campaigns in their classrooms.

With support from the Morgridge Family Foundation, and in partnership with Knowledge Factor, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Accenture Foundation, and Xsci, JGI piloted a new professional development model for service learning in conjunction with Roots & Shoots. Using Knowledge Factor’s patented Amplifire online training software, which relies on Nobel Prize-winning brain research on how humans learn, JGI developed online professional development modules focused on service learning and community mapping.

Educators in Colorado have been the first to test the modules, which allow them to learn Roots & Shoots skills and concepts on their own time and at their own pace:

  • The service learning module presents learners with the basic concepts of the Roots & Shoots model and high-quality service learning, as well as ways to engage young people in long-term campaigns that address genuine community needs. 

  • The community mapping module helps learners understand how and why JGI uses community mapping in Africa, and how they can use community maps with their students to map their local communities to identify genuine community needs. 

To date, more than 100 educators have participated in the online modules. And because of the way the Amplifire software is designed, JGI can demonstrate that these educators have mastered 95% of the concepts presented to them.

A focus group of 24 educators also participated in a more in-depth training that incorporated a six-hour, in-person workshop at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, in-classroom support with service learning demonstrations, and small community grants of up to $200USD to help launch classroom campaigns.

A total of 23 of the 24 educators have completed campaigns, each of which included at least five service projects. As a result, in the last six months alone, these educators and their students have completed more than 100 projects in Colorado that benefit the state’s people, animals and environment. In early May, these educators and their students were recognized at the Morgridge Family Foundation’s ShareFair and STEMosphere where Dr. Goodall provided a keynote speech.

If you are interested in learning more about this project and/or are an educator interested in bringing Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots into your classroom, visit www.rootsandshoots.org.


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