Teacher Tips & Tools
Head back to school with CELF tips and tools using the “Big Ideas of Sustainability,” beginning with the concept of Community. To create a community of learners, effective communication and collaboration is essential for every sustainable classroom. Click here to access a version of the classic Bingo game that engages students in building healthy relationships and a sense of classroom community.
CELF Director of Education, Vicky Garufi and CELF Educator Lisa Mechaley will present "Team Science: Empowering Youth through Citizen Science in School Communities" during the North American Association of Environmental Education Conference
on October 11 & 13 in Spokane, Washington. Joined by Luz Guel, Projector Coordinator with the Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, the team will highlight case studies and strategies from CELF's successful Citizen Science in NYC School Communities program.
Upstate NY: CELF will launch a leadership in sustainability program this fall with Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District (Ken-Ton). With thanks to a Praxair Global Giving grant, the program includes site visits to Ken-Ton's 5 elementary schools to identify access points for campus & community place-based/project-based learning opportunities and a professional learning workshop to provide training on incorporating environmental literacy into the K-5 science curriculum.
Teacher Open House
Bedford, NY: On September 15, Westmoreland Sanctuary will share and demonstrate their redesigned programing created in partnership with CELF. Join CELF and the Westmoreland Staff for a day of exploring all the opportunities Westmoreland Sanctuary has to offer! RSVP by September 10th to Collin Martin at 914-666-8448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustaining the Future
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A Legacy of Sustainability
Putnam Valley, NY: CELF Educators and 16 teachers from the "Sustain PV" team of the Putnam Valley Central School District have been hard at work this summer, designing curricula to enhance environmental and sustainability learning within and outside of their classrooms. CELF's partnership with PVCSD was featured in the June 2018 Green Schools National Network Catalyst Quarterly, highlighting how the partnership is "Creating a Legacy of Sustainability for Putnam Valley Schools".
"Hands-On" Citizen Science
CELF, in partnership with the Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, is kicking off another year of citizen science data collection and analysis after a successful pilot year funded by NYS Pollution Prevention Institute. Incorporating Next Generation Science Standards, place-based learning, data collection techniques and Air Beam technology, CELF's "Citizen Science in School Communities" is offered to NY State middle school Science, STEM and Health teachers.
Designed to engage students as environmental health researchers, this program enables students to step outside of their classrooms and investigate the impact of pollution within their local communities. Click here to learn more about this collaborative action research learning opportunity that engages students as agents for change in their local communities.
Los Angeles CA: CELF's partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District is expanding to George De La Torre and Gulf Avenue Elementary Schools, both STEAM Academies, integrating sustainability throughout their curriculum, campus practices and community relationships. Following its three-year Education for Sustainability project with CELF, Wilmington STEAM Magnet Middle School will serve as a Mentor Sustainability School to teachers from both elementary schools.
This collaboration will work towards building a sustainability mindset in the student population and will support implementation of the California Environmental Literacy Blueprint. On October 15th, CELF Educators Vicky Garufi and Ann Hemplemann will lead CELF's Sustainability Professional Learning Workshop for teacher teams from all three schools. We are grateful to LAUSD Beyond the Bell for once again hosting the program at the spectacular Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center in San Pedro.