About the Roots & Shoots Australia Resource Box for Schools
What is the Roots & Shoots Australia Resource Box for Schools progrram?
The Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools program is an initiative of the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia (JGIA), with funding support from the Phillips Foundation.
It aims to educate students, and the community, via interactive and action-based programs about wildlife, the natural environment and challenges facing the planet.
This Roots & Shoots Australia project provides a FREE box of resources for primary schools.
The 2021 Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools is a series of school education resources that includes a Teacher Guide and four books. The four books cover Australian plant life, astronomy, Indigenous Community conservation activities and islands of Australia. The box also contains information on how to get involved in local conservation and explains the WOODiWILD program.
In 2020, Roots & Shoots Australia produced and disseminated almost 4,000 boxes to schools across Australia free of charge – to educate and inspire the next generation as custodians of our planet. You can view and buy the books contained in the 2020 Roots & Shoots Resource Box in the JGIA online shop.
What are the key objectives?
What are the key objectives?
The Roots & Shoots Resource Box seeks to:
- Roll the program out to 4,000 schools in 2021
- Establish a network of like-minded schools that demonstrate curricula connections and direct actions that will make the world a better place for animals, people and the environment
- Provide leadership in education for sustainability, developing partnerships at community, state and national levels
- Assist school communities with resources, strategies and networks to develop their programs and projects
- To inspire young people to take action in their everyday lives and create solutions to the challenges facing local communities
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
What's inside the 2021 Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools program?
Its content includes a series of school education resources including:
- a teachers’ guide (see below)
- learning sequences
- non-fiction book: Living Landscapes Volume 1: a journey through Indigenous Australia
- non-fiction book: Islands of Australia
- non-fiction book: Incredible Universe Volume 1
- non-fiction book: What on Earth?
- Information about the WOODiWILD school fundraising program.
Is this really free for teachers?
Yes! Thanks to funding support from the Phillips Foundation and several other partners, we are excited to provide the Resource Box free of charge to qualified, registered primary school teachers..
What expectations and commitments are there when I register for a Resource Box?
You must agree to the terms and conditions, plus for us to contact you via email so we can deliver the program. If you unsubscribe from email updates you will be removed from the program.
To help us measure the impact of this initiative, you will be asked to complete a participant survey at the start and end of the program. This is also a requirement of the program.
How can I register?
Register your school to receive a free Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools by completing your school details at our registration page: rootsandshoots.org.au/resourcebox/. Registrations will be open from May 2021 and close once all of the Resource Boxes have been allocated, so please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this wonderful opportunity.
I heard great things about the 2020 Box. Is it still available?
Yes: you can purchase the books contained within the 2020 Roots & Shoots Resource Box – individually and as a complete box set – via the JGIA online shop.
Delivery and arrival
When will the boxes arrive?
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 around the world, delivery of the Roots & Shoots Resource Box has been delayed, to begin arrival with Australian registrants from autumn 2022.
Why are the Resource Boxes for Schools delayed?
My school address will be different in January 2022. What do I do?
Please email your new delivery details to email@example.com and we will update your details. Please note PO Boxes are still ineligible as we are unable to deliver.
I have not received my box yet. What should I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details that you used to register for the box including your name, phone number, mailing address, and school (or home school), and advise us if your box has not yet arrived. We will confirm your box registration, verify your mailing address and let you know whether your box is still in-transit or has been notified as undelivered.
Is delivery being carbon offset?
Yes, we are offsetting both shipping and delivery, via Sendle, with our partners WOODiWILD.
Using the Roots & Shoots Resource Box
Is there any teacher training available for the Resource Box?
Yes! Tailored sessions for teachers and all program participants will take place on dates that will be confirmed shortly. The sessions will be organised as live seminars via Zoom, available nationwide.
I can’t make the teacher training sessions. Will they be recorded?
Yes. All session recordings will be made freely available on the Roots and Shoots website and shared with all registrants via email post event.
How do I get Professional Development as a teacher?
We are offering NESA Registered Professional Development (PD) accreditation for teachers at the Proficient Teacher level. To do this you must either join a live teacher training session, or watch the full hour on YouTube within 10 days of the live event, to qualify for 1.5 hours per session.
To do this please share your NESA ID number via the following Google Sheet and confirm within 10 days of each live event that you either attended or watched online. We will then accredit your hours with NESA and share confirmation.
Add your details here to qualify for accreditation: https://forms.gle/vPosthNbLxJZQSAf7
What support is available to help with my school’s action plan?
We have a team of volunteers ready to support you as you design, implement and evaluate your action and lessons plans. Roots & Shoots volunteers are available for school visits, student workshops and can assist you to engage with a host of resources, training, events and grant opportunities to support your projects. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact email@example.com.
Is the fundraising opportunity with WOODiWILD compulsory or necessary for the box to be FREE?
No. The Roots & Shoots Resource Box is free. WOODiWILD is presented as an option for any school wanting to run a fundraiser for their own purposes. It is, therefore, not compulsory to run a fundraiser with WOODiWILD for the box to be free. If you do, however, decide to run a WOODiWILD fundraiser, you will not only get the opportunity to plant trees, but also the chance to raise funds for your school.
Roots & Shoots: Getting Started
What is Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Australia?
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Australia is a global network of young people taking action to improve our world. It is a youth-led action program that is currently making a difference in over 50 countries. It builds on Dr. Jane’s legacy and vision of placing the power and responsibility for creating solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.
What does Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Australia do?
All around the world today, youth are exploring problems in their communities around animals, people and the environment. They are brainstorming solutions and creating projects that will help to solve these problems. The Roots & Shoots program looks different for each and every member around the world. For instance, a project that works for inner city kids in Australia is going to differ enormously from a project in a remote town in Uganda.
What organisation is behind Roots & Shoots Australia?
The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) is a registered DGR1 charity and complies with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) regulations on Australian charities. Established in 2007, JGIA is part of the global Jane Goodall Institute network consisting of 25 chapters.
JGIA is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has adopted a formal Child Safe Framework to ensure the highest standards of child safety. JGIA has eight volunteer non-executive directors, seven (mostly part-time) staff and some 30 regular volunteers.
Why join Roots & Shoots?
- Join a network of 70,000 young environmentalists in almost 100 countries
- Address real issues in your community – acting locally to make change globally!
- Learn to be a leader like Jane Goodall: if you grew up aspiring to be Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots is a great place to start!
- Get your hands dirty: Roots & Shoots projects include everything from tree planting, beekeeping, and habitat beautification, to fairs and community events
- Make friends with a joint purpose: joining a Roots & Shoots group is a great way to meet people in your community who care about the same things you do. You will also become part of an international community of youth who want to make a difference
- Learn to lead an awesome Roots & Shoots Group: if you’re a teacher, parent, community leader or student, you have the opportunity to be an effective Roots & Shoots leader in your community with almost 20 curriculum-linked lesson plans and resources via www.coolaustralia.org
What do you get for signing up to Roots & Shoots?
- A Roots & Shoots resource kit to help kick-start your projects and answer all your questions
- Inspiration and skills to have a positive impact on animals, people and the environment
- Eligibility to apply for a mini grant to fund your Roots & Shoots project
- Updates and news about Roots & Shoots and the Jane Goodall Institute Australia
- Opportunities to connect with like-minded people
- Access to educational resources for your school
- Invitations to events
- Connect with organisations and leaders whose causes you’re interested in
- Receive support from the Roots & Shoots State Coordinators and local youth leaders
How can I join Roots & Shoots Australia?
Interested in engaging with the Roots and Shoots Australia program? We’d love to have you as a part of the family! Register your details at rootsandshoots.org.au and one of our friendly team will get in touch with you.
What other programs are available for my school with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots?
Enjoyed your time with us? We have so much more to offer! From Habitat Workshops, campaigns like Thumbs Up For Turtles, community tree planting and revegetation days, mini grants to support your own local projects with volunteer support, the opportunities really are endless.
Who do I contact if I have any further questions?
Please contact our support team on firstname.lastname@example.org