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"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

Why Education for Sustainability?

Our world is rapidly changing. Education for Sustainability (EfS) challenges students to prepare for their future today while stimulating academic engagement.

  • EfS students make real-life decisions that balance their personal well-being as members of local and global communities for the good of all.
  • EfS educators engage their students in an interactive learning process that applies the habits of systems thinking needed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
  • EfS Schools promote a collaborative and cooperative learning community in which learning extends beyond the classroom connecting to real world social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Our Approach

CELF’s professional learning model engages educators in interactive learning experiences that help them view their work with students through the lens of sustainability. CELF’s facilitators work side-by-side with educators as they design programs that integrate both the big ideas of sustainability and EfS principles and practices into their existing curricula while creating EfS classroom and school-wide learning opportunities.

CELF infuses community-building practices in every aspect of our EfS work. Our facilitators begin each EfS experience by building a collaborative learning community among workshop members that provides enduring connections to participants. We believe educators who participate in an effective culture of collaboration and cooperation are inspired to replicate this culture with their students.

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The Benefits

  • Studies show that students are more engaged in learning when EfS principles and practices are applied.
  • Teachers can earn in-service credits for CELF’s professional development courses per district policies as well as graduate credits for Summer Institutes.
  • Past participants have come away with higher understanding of EfS content knowledge and made significant gains in three essential EfS teaching areas: use of community and place in lesson plans, engaging in systems thinking and teaching about specific sustainability issues.
  • Teachers measurably increase in their use of STEM activities and place-based learning to teach the Big Ideas of Sustainability.