At the Pilot Light Institute for Food Education, educators and chefs collaborate to support children in making healthier choices by integrating food education into school curriculum.

 

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Together, teachers and chefs:

  • Create curriculum and instructional materials aligned to our Standards for Food Education
  • Build food-sourcing plans for the classroom
  • Conduct school and community food inventories
  • Build teacher capacity to develop and deliver food-based curriculum

In the Classroom

Students are engaged in food-integrated curriculum in subjects like math, science, social studies and literacy.

In these lessons, students have:

  • Explored social and cultural migration through the history of the al pastor taco
  • Measured small temperature changes when cooking an egg to understand how temperature change affects mass and our environment
  • Composed memoirs to express their personal histories through food

Real-World Connections

Through Institute sessions, teachers and chefs are coached in:

  • Understanding the school food environment at their school.
  • Identifying opportunities to connect the classroom to the cafeteria, homes and communities.
  • Curriculum created through partnership includes a student-initiated food advocacy project centered around the cafeteria or community.

 

Are you a teacher, parent or school leader interested in bringing Pilot Light to your school? We are accepting applications to our 2017-2018 cohort at the Institute NOW!  Learn more about the application process and timeline.

We’re also recruiting passionate, motivated chefs who want to give back to their communities to join our team!  Apply here.

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