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
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.