Empowering Teachers for Systemic Change
A Partnership of Urban Green Lab, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's Division of Solid Waste Management, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.
The Sustainable Classrooms program trains teachers how to integrate sustainability into the classroom. The statewide program includes a one-year study of metro educators, development of a Sustainable Living STEAM curriculum supplement, two-day professional development trainings on how to infuse sustainable living into the classroom, and student-led household waste inventories that reinforce literacy and engage student families in the learning process.
THE PARTNERSHIP & GOALS
The goal of Sustainable Classrooms is to make sustainability education a priority in Tennessee schools by empowering teachers. In fall 2016, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Education’s (TDEC) commissioned Urban Green Lab through a $419,000, 2017-2019 grant to create a state-wide flagship initiative (piloted in Nashville) to do the following:
Prioritize and integrate sustainability literacy in Tennessee schools and administrations
Strengthen teacher pedagogies and confidence for teaching environmental sustainability
Foster student sustainability literacy AND strategies for long-term behavioral change
Engage student families in the learning process and link them to community services
Below are samples of the first edition of the Sustainable Classrooms Curriculum and student Home Investigations. All teachers attending the first training were given copies.
Registration is full for the first training on July 9-10, 2018. Future training dates and eligibility will be posted here.
To learn more about Sustainable Classrooms, including registration, volunteers, and media inquiries, please email Diana Andrew, Sustainable Classrooms Manager, at [email protected].