Food education in classrooms and homes

We support and center students as they learn and advocate for informed choices by bridging the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.

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Pilot Light Anywhere - free eLearning resources!

Pilot Light Anywhere lessons are designed for teaching literacy-based food education for grades Pre-K through 12 – wherever you are. All lessons are built around our Food Education Standards and Common Core English Langauge Arts Standards. Our Food Education Standards provide a holistic scope of food education for all students.

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Support Pilot Light & get your coffee delivered at the same time! We’ve partnered with Good Cause Coffees for 2021 and you can order a bag or two of coffee, or sign up for a monthly subscription, and $5 from every bag will directly impact our programming. Coffee subscriptions (or purchases) can be made at their website above and you can also support teachers with our Fuel A Fellow program by donating a month (or more) of coffee to one of our Food Education Fellows to thank them for their continued work during this ever-challenging time. 

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Highly motivated PreK–12 educators in the United States with an interest in implementing Pilot Light food education lessons consistently in their virtual and/or in-person classrooms are encouraged to learn more and apply for our Food Education Fellowship each spring.

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Educators, caregivers, and young people can also check out our free library of classroom-based and eLearning lessons, videos, and recipes, as well as advocacy lessons to bring food education anywhere!

Visit the Food Education Center

We host professional development aligned to state standards and our own Food Education Standards. Stay tuned to our Calendar for upcoming events!

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Our ever-growing team is searching for champions of food and nutrition whose backgrounds reflect those of the students we reach and who can help amplify students’ voices.

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Food Education Standards

Learn more about the first-ever national cohesive model for classroom food education, incorporating food as a lens for traditional subjects, such as Math, Reading, History, and Science.

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“For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” - Amanda Gorman

Pictured here is a throwback to last January when students from Ray Elementary @raywarriorshp joined forces with Ald. Scott Waguespack and Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza @ssadlowskigarza to help drive support for the prohibition on single use plastic and Styrofoam containers in Chicago. Students attended the press conference held by the Illinois Environmental Council @ilenviro on January 15, 2020 to introduce the ordinance to the Committee on Finance.

As part of their Pilot Light Food Advocacy Project, 6th grade science teacher Vicki Drewa and her students worked throughout the 2018-2019 school year to develop a petition and write letters to gain support for their proposed ban on the use of polystyrene, a plastic that is widely used in restaurants as packaging materials such as containers, lids, trays, and disposable silverware.

We are still inspired by the dedication and hard work of the students of Ray Elementary @raywarriorshp, who put both advocacy and democracy in action. Check out the Ban Styrofoam Advocacy Project at the Food Education Center and our blog posts about this project at the #linkinbio!

#cps #students #k12 #foodeducation #advocacy #studentadvocacy #chicago

Calling all parents and school administrators! Damien Howard of Clever Characters @clevercharacters2017 is offering a parent professional development series. Parents will receive $150 to successfully engage and complete his Parent Champion Training Series. The series consists of monthly workshops that will develop and enhance parents' understanding and usage of social and emotional learning skills and practices. Learn more about the series at the #linkinbio!

In order to participate, interested parents must contact their school administrators to complete a Letter of Intent (see #linkinbio). Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to become SEL Champions at home and in your school!
#chicago #k12 #curriculum #parent #parentengagement #SEL #parentprofessionaldevelopment

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