Education for Sustainability
Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College
Director of Sustainability Education Programs, West Chester University
There is a national need for highly effective teachers who can engage and inspire students to succeed in STEM by linking the study of STEM to the real world issue of sustainability.
The Education for Sustainability (EfS – Philly) project will create a model for development of master teachers in Education for Sustainability. The model will prepare teachers to deliver STEM curriculum using sustainability themes. Fourteen teachers from the School District of Philadelphia and three faculty members from the Community College of Philadelphia will learn to incorporate hands-on pedagogies that put learning into action by providing students the opportunities to address authentic sustainability challenges in their own schools and communities. Master teachers will support implementation of the School District of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan, GreenFutures, which calls for inclusion of education for sustainability principles throughout the curriculum.
The Education for Sustainability project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. The project is situated within the region’s STEM sustainability “ecosystem” which has a rich array of STEM and sustainability assets, including informal education organizations, institutions of higher education, green businesses, community, parent and teacher groups, These assets will be cultivated to support the master teacher program and the GreenFutures plan. This one year planning grant will lay the foundation for a future NSF grant proposal to implement a five year teacher leadership program in Education for Sustainability.