What We Do

 

 

 

CELF CGI Commitment to Action:

CELF's Leadership Training in Sustainability Project partnered with a total of 24 NYC public schools to cultivate model programs of Education
for Sustainability.
 


 

 

 

Current NYC Course Offering:

 

Citizen Science & Social Justice in Your Community

July 12-14 in Manhattan and Long Island City, NY

For educators in grades 5-12.

Connecting hard science and public policy, CELF is partnering with Mt. Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and CUNY School of Law's Center for Urban Environmental Renewal to 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, learn to use New York City to make authentic place-based connections and come away with citizen science opportunities for your students. P-credits will be available for NYC DoE teachers. DOWNLOAD COURSE FLYER

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
  • Lead students through 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 Summer Institute 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

CLICK HERE to register.To receive p-credit, participants must also register online with ASPDP when course catalog is available.

 


 

In Partnership with the NYC Department of Education and Clinton Global Initiative

CELF Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum

CELF congratualtes all participating school teams on their progress meeting Education for Sustainability professional development goals.

CLICK HERE to learn more about participating schools.

In partnership with the Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative, CELF’s Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum Project (LTSC) delivered professional learning opportunities, providing tools and guidance for teachers to identify access points for Education for Sustainability within their curriculum and place-based learning opportunities in their school communities. Participating schools documented the existing connections between content and the twelve Big Ideas of Sustainability, from CELF's project partner, Shelburne Farms Sustainable Schools Project.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exemplary professional learning Institute
  • Collaboration with other educators and leaders in sustainability education
  • Access to strategies, tools and resources beyond school/community
  • Opportunities for innovative teaching that improve student outcomes, meet Common Core and Next Generation standards and enhance school-wide achievement and recognition.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • EfS framework positively impacts students’ behavior, academic engagement and life-long learning.
  • Students embrace 21st century problem-solving and adopt “upstream thinking”
  • STEM learning is applied to current sustainability challenges
  • Earth citizenship, civic responsibility and a global learning community are cultivated.

Through the EfS framework, students become active stakeholders in local environmental, social and economic justice service-learning projects.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Participating NYC public schools were selected from a competitive pool of applicants. Schools had to demonstrate both measurable progress towards sustainability literacy and a commitment to the requirements of the year-long program.

2013-2014 School Year: Ten NYC public schools participated in the LTSC Project during the 2013-2014 school year.

2014-2015 School Year: Fifteen NYC public schools were selected to participate in the 2014-2015 school year, with six of the schools serving as second year mentoring partners.

Project Summary

NYC public schools are eligible to participate in CELF’s NYC Leadership in Sustainability Curriculum Project. In 2013, twelve (12) schools were selected from a competitive pool of applicants that have made measurable progress towards sustainability literacy. This year-long program is focused on integrating sustainability topics into K-12 schools’ existing curricula.

Benefits for Participating Schools:

  • Studies show that students are more engaged in learning when EfS prinicples and practices are applied.1
  • Participants can earn P credits for CELF’s professional development and NYC Summer Institute as approved by the DoE Office of Teacher Effectiveness
  • Earn recognition including a professional CELF EfS Curriculum Certification along with a CELF Sustainability Plaque marking your school’s achievements.

CELF NYC Summer Institute 2014: Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum

CLICK IMAGES to see workshop photos

To kick off the program each school year, teacher teams from participating schools took part in an intensive three-day professional development program for sustainability education integration. P credits for CELF’s professional development and NYC Summer Institute were approved by the DoE Office of Teacher Effectiveness.

 During the workshop, participants received:

  • Training and curriculum development expertise demonstrating how EfS supports educational goals and enhances efforts in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
  • Assistance with curriculum development that supports individual school goals, inspired by the principles of Education for Sustainability and consistent with the new Common Core state standards.
  • Training and curriculum development expertise demonstrating how EfS supports educational goals and enhances efforts in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
  • Assistance with curricula development that supports individual school goals, inspired by the principles of Education for Sustainability and consistent with the new Common Core state standards.
  • Strategies to connect EfS principles to each participant’s subject area and grade level.
  • Training in the CELF EfS integration framework in order to map EfS concepts across the curriculum.
  • Best practices in EfS student assessment based on the CELF student performance indicators rubric and the NAAEE Framework for Environmental Literacy.

(1) Closing the Achievement Gap, Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning, Lieberman and Hoody, supported by the Pew Charitable Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR NYC ASPDP COURSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current course offerings build on the success of the NYC Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum that was offered between 2013 and 2015 in partnership with:



 

PROJECT SUPPORTERS:



THE BAY AND PAUL
FOUNDATIONS


The CELF NYC Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum Project is a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Project. Each school participating in this Project is highlighted at the Annual CGI Global Conference. The Project is in partnership with the New York State Department of Education, its Sustainability initiative and Shelburne Farms Sustainable Schools Project.
To learn more, contact Katie Ginsberg, CELF Executive Director,
Katie@celfeducation.org or call
914-238-4743.

See highlights of CELF at the '13 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting


CELF PROGRAM MANAGERS:
Alan Cass, Director of Education
Aimee Arandia-Ostenzen 


NYC Department of Education Sustainability Initiative
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