K-12 New Urbanist Resources

The K-12 Initiative has produced a bibliography of resources for primary and secondary teachers to introduce students to the concepts of New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and traditional town planning. This provides teachers with curriculum suggestions, teaching modules, videotapes, books, and games that are grade and age appropriate. The modules are mostly hands-on and practical, using students’ natural curiosity, powers of observation and analytical skills to evaluate the world around them. Most of the materials are location neutral. The Congress for the New Urbanism recognizes that teaching about urbanism and design should occur at all education levels, including very young children. These lesson plans and projects will help educators teach about models of development and why New Urbanism is good for kids in their daily activities.

A multi-discipline resource for land use management education for use in secondary schools and lower level college courses is now available on EBSCO Publishing database. The L.A.N.D. Curriculum: A Land Use Education Curriculum is offered in its entirety (24 plus lessons) or in specific segments, such as cities and towns, neighborhood study and teaching, human settlement patterns, or municipal visioning and ordinances to name a few. The lessons are framed around the transect model and incorporate smart growth/code solutions to minimize sprawl and create sustainable compact development.

It is included in the product line of Education Research Complete listed under the title of L.A.N.D. Curriculum: A Land Use Education Curriculum of EBSCO Publishing. Please peruse through the elements of the curriculum (attached) and try these project-based, student community-involved lessons.

How to help
If you have information about new resources or others that should be included in our updates, please contact Education Committee Co-Chair Lucy Rowland (lrowland@uga.edu).

Contact information
Lucy Rowland, lrowland@uga.edu

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