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The Education for Sustainability – Philly Project: Supporting Teachers to Develop Lessons on Sustainability

Author(s): Victor Donnay

Bryn Mawr College

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Talk given as a part of the Symposium - Communities of Practice for Math Modeling Education at the SIAM 2018 Conference

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Version 1.0 - published on 28 Aug 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4FX5K - cite this


We discuss the results of a one year pilot program funded by the NSF to develop a model for teacher leadership develop in Education for Sustainability which aims to support implementation of the School District of Philadelphia’s Green Futures sustainability initiatives. A cohort of 14 high school teachers drawn from STEAM fields participated in a 60 hour professional learning community in which they learned about the Education for Sustainability standards and developed lessons that incorporated these standards and linked with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Pathways program. These lessons were place based, making use of the rich array of sustainability resources in the Philadelphia region, and included hands on projects in which students could green their schools and communities. The teachers explored ways to build connections in their lessons that between STEM and non-STEM fields.

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