Turning Learners Into Leaders:

Empowering Youth Through Service in Education

Coming again in 2015!



Join us for an innovative online professional development course! Free and open to everyone, this course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign using the new Roots & Shoots program model. 

Complete the course and mentor young people to lead change in their communities by mapping needs, collaborating with stakeholders, and designing practical solutions in the form of campaigns. Connect young people to Dr. Goodall’s message of hope while facilitating a sense of empowerment that comes from helping others! Watch this video to see what Roots & Shoots service learning could look like in your classroom!

Also, check out the clip to the right for an introduction to Erin Viera-Orr and Hope Martinez, your instructors for the course! In this video, they share an overview of the program and you'll hear from a middle school Roots & Shoots student who has gone through the program.


Questions? Email RSOnlineLearning@janegoodall.org


Online Course FAQs:

Who is teaching the course?

Click here to watch a video to meet your instructors!

Will Dr. Jane be involved? 

Dr. Jane is incredibly excited about this online course. It is driven by her model, mission and vision for the Roots & Shoots program. While we wish she could be here to teach it herself, she is incredibly busy traveling over 300 days a year spreading her message of hope!

I am not a teacher, can I still participate? 

Absolutely. This course will be beneficial for any formal or informal educators, adult mentors wishing to facilitate service projects with youth and strong youth leaders wanting to gather a group of their peers to get involved.

I am brand new to Roots & Shoots, can I still participate? 

Yes! This course will give you the Roots & Shoots background and history you need to be successful doing the program. 

Are there specific days and times that I will have to log on?

Each week a new lesson will be released for you to complete on your own time and leisure. However, you must complete the work before the next weeks lesson is made available. 

What grades and subjects does the Roots & Shoots model work with?

Roots & Shoots has been used in every single grade and subject matter (even physical education!). We have adaptations of our resources for younger children and the types of R&S campaigns that you develop will vary based on the age and abilities of your young people.

What happens after the course? 

The course will guide you towards identifying your own project that meets the needs of your specific community! Make sure to join the Roots & Shoots network by signing up for a free membership on RootsandShoots.org! We are here to help you along the way!

Can I get a certificate of completion afterwards? 

Everyone who completes all the required elements of the course with an average score of 80% will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Jane Goodall Institute.

Will the Certificate of Completion count towards my Professional Development Units or Continuing Education Credits?

Upon completion of all required elements in the course educators will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Jane Goodall Institute that indicates the number of hours of professional learning that occurred during the four week course. For K-12 teachers in the United States, it is up to individual state licensing agencies as to whether they will accept the certificate as evidence of acceptable teacher training. 

Please check back for more information about how to register to receive Continuing Education Credits through the University of Colorado-Boulder. We will have updates about this process/ cost shortly. 

Can I still participate if I don't want credit?

Absolutely! Credit is being offered only for those who elect to participate but it is not required

What are the technology requirements?

Basic internet, you will need to create a gmail email address, ability to play online videos and get sound on your computer.