Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation
What We Offer
- Professional Development Workshops on EfS for K-12 Administrators and Teachers
- Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action, a semester or year-long program that engages educators and students in project-based STEAM learning outside of the classroom
- Annual CELF Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
Scheduled PD Offerings
The Annual CELF Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability (EfS) is an intensive multi-day workshop that enables teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula. The Institute equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of EfS – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems – and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to all subject areas.
New York and Houston, Texas Locations for 2020
In partnership with Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York (July 13-16, 2020) and New York University, Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and Sustainability (August 2020)
In partnership with the University of Houston, Clear Lake and Lone Star College Kingwood (dates coming soon)
CELF Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action
We are inviting educators in New York and Texas to register for our CELF Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action program. Tailored to each school and community location, we offer professional learning workshops for teachers paired with on-site support to implement a project-based learning module that connects students to real-world challenges in their neighborhoods. As environmental health researchers, students (grades 5-12) collect and analyze air quality data in their communities using AirBeam technology. Using this data, students identify sources of air pollution, understand connections to human behaviors, develop prevention and remediation plans for their communities, and share their findings with peers and policy makers. The program combines the development of 21st century skills with the motivation and creativity generated by solving a problem in one’s own community.
Customized Professional Learning Workshops
CELF works with schools and individual teachers to help connect current curriculum to sustainability challenges in their own backyard. From half-day workshops that introduce EfS as well as principles and practices in place-based education, to longer term professional development contracts that engage groups of teachers over a semester or a year, CELF customizes professional learning workshops to a school’s needs and interests.