Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Transformative Education and Social Change

Committee Chairperson

John Elmore

Committee Member

Paul Morgan


It can be hard to to find time between rigid testing and strict curriculum standards to teach kids how to be good people. I think that’s an important part of our jobs as educators. My research uses the Pennsylvania Family and Consumer Sciences Standards to create a curriculum that fosters engaged citizenry through community relationships. I will accomplish this by implementing a sustainability based curriculum that includes school gardens, cooking lessons, and opportunities for local outreach for public school students. Family and consumer sciences is a well-rounded education for sustainability course that draws from qualitative studies. This perspective will illuminate the extent to which education for sustainability can improve student engagement and knowledge about a regenerative food system.