"I want to thank you for coming and igniting a fire with us? While we may not have a final plan it's giving us the tools to take the initiative to make changes happen. It also helps us to remember (and discover) what materials and supplies that we have right here and right now. I can't wait to see what we accomplish, and how much of Stephen's vision we can carry on. You both have helped me to realize that it doesn't take much to actually begin making a change, and that many things we are already doing!"           Nikki Smith PS 3, Brooklyn 4th grade teacher Professional Teacher Training

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