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"Thank you for coming and igniting a fire with us! CELF has help us discover that we have the materials and supplies to impact change in our community. CELF provided us with the tools necessary to create a sustainability plan for our school and the initiative to make change happen." 

Nikki Smith PS 3, Brooklyn 4th grade teacher Professional Teacher Training

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New York City CELF Summer Institute

A three-day professional learning program open to K-12 teachers, administrators, and non-formal educators

Scholarships now available

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Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. Discover how to transform student learning into an authentic exploration of real-world problems and solutions. Deepen your knowledge of sustainability principles and practices to inspire your students to become Earth Citizens of a sustainable future. 


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In collaboration with New York University Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education & Sustainability, the Institute begins by building a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability, and progresses with hands-on activities, case studies, guest presentations, evening excursions and field work. The schedule includes supported planning time so that participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

  • Design and implement a project-based learning unit addressing real-world issues in any subject.

  • Use school grounds, neighborhood, and community to design place-based learning experiences.

  • Use systems thinking in any subject to analyze content or issues, create models, explore alternatives and propose solutions.

  • Do all of the above while meeting academic standards and best practices of providing student-centered, creative learning experiences.

The CELF Summer Institute experience is most effective when you attend with a team of your peers. We hear from our many alums that support from and collaboration with colleagues amplifies the benefits that emerge from the Summer Institute.

We hope to see you in July!