"CELF was extremely attentive to our individual school's needs, realizing that we all have different backgrounds."

PS 110 Principal Anna Cano Amato
participant at CELF's Greenpoint Summer Institute

CSSJP-credit Full Group Outdoor

For educators in grades 5-12

Citizen Science & Social Justice in Your Community

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Connecting hard science and public policy, will provide three powerhouse days of professional development for teachers in grades 5-12, with breakouts by grade level clusters. Connect with industry-leading science research professionals from Mt. Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and learn advocacy skills from leaders of CUNY School of Law's Center for Urban Environmental Reform. Participants will learn to use New York City to make authentic place-based connections and will come away with citizen science opportunities for students. 

Participating Teachers will be able to:

  • Integrate Education for Sustainability (EfS) concepts into core curriculum
  • Understand environmental health factors affecting child health and learning
  • Use NYC and your school neighborhood as a living laboratory for place-based learning
  • Engage students in an inquiry-based learning process
  • Develop citizen science opportunities for your students

Benefits and Resources:

  • Forge connections with industry-leading science research professionals
  • Experience one-on-one guidance to outline a curriculum makeover and develop a plan to implement.
  • Gain FREE access to CELF’s Online Curriculum Library
  • Align curriculum projects with national Education for Sustainability (EfS) standards and performance indicators
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on activities that enable teachers to experience key concepts as learners
  • Access Post-Institute support for your on-going EfS implementation 

NYC Teachers: Become an Environmental Health Researcher!

  • Develop an understanding of Project Based learning within the context of your school neighborhood.
  • Use AirBeam air quality monitoring devices and apps to acquire an in-depth knowledge of air pollution on children's health.
  • Involve your students in identifying pollution hot spots.
  • Engage students as community activists as they propose solutions to air pollution with community leaders.

Eligibility and Participation

  • Open to all NYC DOE Middle School Teachers
  • 10 Schools, 2 from each borough, will be selected for participation
  • Each School must participate with at least one teacher, but we strongly encourage teams of 2-3 teachers apply
  • Participating schools are eligible for $250 award for project implementation, e.g., technology, student green team activities, field experiences, project work
  • Participation eligible for P-credits (pending)

Participant Profile: this program is ideal for...

  • Health & Science Teachers
  • Teachers who are:
    • Familiar with the neighborhood/Comfortable taking students into the field
    • Comfortable with data gathering and technology
    • Able to work collaboratively with or teachers and other schools


  • 2-Hour online pre-course: (begins on) September 23 (for P-credits only)
  • First workshop: Saturday, October 14, 9am-4pm
  • Second workshop: April 2018, date tbd
  • Project Ends: June 2018