Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration
While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to a declaration released September 4, 2017 by the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA). This declaration is endorsed by all 54 of ISGA's Leadership Council members, representing 38 organizations from 16 countries and six continents.
International School Grounds Month Activity Guide
Every year in May, ISGA celebrates school grounds with an annual, worldwide event we call International School Grounds Month. We encourage teachers everywhere to take their students--of all ages--outside to enjoy their grounds for learning, play and other activities!
Click here to learn more about the event and to download free resources to assist your school with outdoor activities in May or throughout the year. We hope you will participate every year and report back to us about your International School Grounds Month celebrations so we may share your stories on our blog.
Green Grounds for
Health and Learning
This short video, filmed during the ISGA conference in Sweden, explores the question: "Why do children need Green School Grounds?" Seven of ISGA's Leadership Council members give their personal answer to this question and speak about why Green School Grounds--living landscapes--are important for children's play. The video footage also highlights some of Lund, Sweden's beautiful school grounds. (Fall 2016)
The Westerbeke Declaration on School Grounds
The International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA) was formed in September 2011 following an international green schoolyard conference held in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. At the founding gathering, ISGA’s inaugural Leadership Council members collaborated to write a document that expresses our organization’s vision for the international school grounds movement and is intended to guide ISGA’s work into the future. The Westerbeke Declaration on School Grounds was signed by the thirty-four international leaders who participated in the meeting, hailing from twenty-nine organizations in seven countries. Click here to read the full text.
This short video, filmed during the ISGA conference in California, includes interviews with leaders in the school ground movement in seven countries, and photographs of some of their loveliest school grounds in action. (Fall 2011)