Oh, What a Feeling!
We are inspired and hopeful working with teams of teachers to develop the coming generation's ingenuity and creativity. They are the future and the best guarantee of a sustainable, healthy and equitable future.
"This has been the best workshop I have attended so far in my [19-year] career. It was apparent that the whole team is knowledgeable and flexible... I have never seen a team work so hard at making things meaningful. Adapting to the needs of the participants really modeled how we should approach teaching and learning in our classrooms" - Kim Caporaso, Mamaroneck High School teacher
ELF ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE in Education for Sustainability
We were thrilled to welcome dozens of teachers from Brazil to CA and beyond. Their creativity, energy and passion contributed to the Institute's compelling and measurable outcomes.
2016 Presenter Highlights:
- Aniket Shah of UNSDSN connected teachers' work in the classroom to broader global sustainability goals with an inspiring message to young people, "you can make the world a safer and more livable place."
- Josh Dahn, co-founder and president of Elon Musk's Ad Astra School, presented examples of his real-world lessons to a rapt audience, believing that "relevant projects and experiences will lead to the best educational outcomes".
2016 Participant Highlights
Teacher teams from North Salem and Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy Schools attended together as part of an ongoing partnership. North Salem Assistant Superintendent, Mike Hibbard, says,
"We've gone beyond a collaboration and we're bringing kids from Harlem Children's Zone and kids from North Salem to land that HCZ owns in North Salem, forging a connection between an urban and rural environment with our kids. It's a really wonderful learning experience for all of us and we're very excited about it."
Dr. Achil Petit, Superintendent of the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy schools adds, "Because our students get so little first-hand exposure to natural settings,
we are really excited to work with CELF
to capitalize on their visits to our North Salem property so they can truly understand what is involved in the environmental issues they read about in books."
Teams of LA teachers from CELF's LAUSD Pilot Program engaged in the Institute's first
track to bring what they learned back to their home schools. Teachers worked on curriculum plans to study LA River water quality creating student action projects and an analysis of waste associated with the district's "breakfast in the classroom" program.
Check back for more highlights throughout the year!