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Using a proven framework strategically developed to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and current K-12 best practices in place-based education and project-based-learning, CELF provides educators with curricular access points for Education for Sustainability (EfS). Using the Big Ideas of Sustainability, we help connect concepts like systems thinking, interdependence, diversity, equity and long-term effects to existing curriculum.
This sampling of workshops gives you a sense of program content.
Do you want to:
- Connect place-based learning opportunities in your region or neighborhood to core curriculum?
- Explore environmental challenges effecting your community with your students?
- Develop learning partnerships with local groups or organizations?
Here is an example of how CELF helped a K-4 STEM teacher expand her nature walk program in the forest behind their school.
Are you interested in:
- Integrating your current curriculum with learning opportunities in your school garden?
- Finding ways to use the garden in multiple content areas beyond science including including math, social studies, and literature?
- Engaging students in issues of social equity, community-building, health and wellness and sustainable economic systems through experiential learning?
Here is one teacher's account of the transformational experience of tending her afterschool Garden Club after working with CELF.
"I learned how knowledge is constructed. It is firmly situated in experience and emerges as we interact with the world, with our place." -Amy Goods, MS 447 in NYC
Are you upgrading your infrastructure to be cleaner and greener? Do you want to use these changes as a learning opportunity for your students?
In Putnam Valley, CELF professional learning paralleled efficiency upgrades the district was implementing through an energy performance with their utility. Here is an account of their work with CELF. The District is well on its way to whole-school-change transformation.
Are you looking to take a more comprehensive and considered approach to sustainability in your school community?
Are you looking to involve multiple departments and a variety of stakeholders to create meaningful change?
- Are you looking for ways to motivate learners through real-world problem-solving?
- Do you want your students to feel empowered to make a difference in their local communities with the skills and knowledge they acquire in your classroom?
There are many ways to connect student learning to community engagement. At PS 75 in New York, students took over neighborhood bioswales to improve stormwater management in an urban context and engaged a local senior center to partner in their efforts.
Our Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action program is designed to guide students from their driving question through the research process to taking concrete actions to address the problems they identify.
These case studies can give you some guidance on what CELF engagement looks like in different contexts.
Please get in touch with our Director of Education, Victoria Garufi, if you have any questions! [email protected]