Workshop Descriptions

Customized CELF workshops are tailored to specific grade level, school or district's needs and interests, taking staff learning to the next level.  Contact Victoria Garufi for more information on CELF's professional learning workshops. 

Foundations of Education for Sustainability (EfS)

“What is Educating for Sustainability? What practical ideas, principles, and activities can I share with my school community?” Participants will be immersed in the essential concepts behind designing any Educating for Sustainability learning experience, while becoming a member of CELF’s Professional Learning Community. Participants will engage in EfS activities and best teaching practices that demonstrate how sustainability provides an integrating context for the content they are already teaching. CELF will help participants apply the habits of systems thinkers to support efforts to build and sustain a collaborative school learning community.

Connecting Big Ideas of Sustainability to Curriculum

What do the key practices and principles of Education for Sustainability look like in action? Participants will build conceptual understanding of the 12 Big Ideas of Sustainability through interactive games, discussion and small group work. Concepts like interdependence, cycles, equilibrium and long-term effects can be readily connected to existing curriculum. CELF will share real world models that put the Big Ideas of Sustainability into practice across content areas and grade levels. CELF will support participants as they learn to identify and emphasize the Big Ideas at play in their classroom, school and community.

EfS and Systems Thinking 

The complexity of life is on display on the playground, at home, in the forest, at the store, and in our local and national governments. Both natural and human systems function within a network of complex relationships and are marked by interdependencies, dynamic equilibrium, limits and long-term effects. Viewing the critical issues of society and daily life through the lens of sustainability while applying the habits of systems-thinking can be one of the most empowering skills to teach students today. During this workshop, participants will engage in activities that will deepen their understanding of complex systems and prepare them to teach their students to think in systems, investigate feedback loops, leverage points, long-term effects and change over time.

EfS and Place, Problem, and Project-Based Learning: CELF P3 Framework

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” To be future leaders, advocates and engaged citizens, students must first connect to the world outside of the classroom. Developing a meaningful and joyful connection to place is fundamental to creating a life-long sense of responsibility to one's community, environment and the world. Workshop attendees will participate in activities that engage students in their immediate surroundings and explore models of interdisciplinary Place, Problem and Project-Based Learning (P3) that also balance the Three E's of Educating for Sustainability: Ecology, Economy and Equity.  This experiential and interactive workshop will include scaffolded and collaborative work time to refine or develop a P3 unit that empowers students to create change in their community.