“I have never been so compelled to re-think my purpose as an educator.”

CELF Summer Institute Participant
High School Biology Teacher

CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability
for K-12 educators

July 2017 dates TBA, Manhattanville College • 2900 Purchase St. • Purchase, NY 10577

CELF Summer Institutes in Education for Sustainability (EfS) are intensive 3-4 day workshops that enable teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula. Through an interactive, constructivist  approach, the Institute equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of EfS – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems – and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to every academic subject area.

Each Institute begins by building a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability and continues with hands-on activities, case studies, special guest presentations and field work. Curriculum planning time is built into the schedule so participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

Participating Teachers will: 

  • Gain a greater understanding of the science and economics behind global issues affecting our planet.
  • Apply EfS concepts including systems thinking, interdependence and community to instructional practice. 
  • Engage in hands-on learning activities that can be used with students. 
  • Create a curriculum makeover and develop a plan to integrate it within a scope and sequence.

Benefits and Resources: 

  • Gain FREE access to CELF’s Online Summer Institute Curriculum Library. 
  • Align curriculum projects with national Education for Sustainability (EfS) standards and performance indicators. 
  • Learn from and share best practices with Institute facilitators and peers from across the region and around the world.
  • Access Post-Institute support for your on-going EfS implementation.