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Empowering Teachers for Systemic Change

A Partnership of Urban Green Lab, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's Division of Solid Waste Management, and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Science Outreach

 

 Educator, Jay Renfro, demonstrates the importance of previous surfaces to students

Educator, Jay Renfro, demonstrates the importance of previous surfaces to students

Overview

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:

  1. Prioritize and integrate sustainability literacy in Tennessee schools and administrations

  2. Strengthen teacher pedagogies and confidence for teaching environmental sustainability

  3. Foster student sustainability literacy AND strategies for long-term behavioral change

  4. Engage student families in the learning process and link them to community services

 

 
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Registration

Registration is now open through June 1st for the summer training on July 9-10, 2018. Visit the Training page for more details on eligibility, stipend, and registration. 

Inquiries

To learn more about Sustainable Classrooms, including registration, volunteers, and media inquiries, please email Diana Andrew, Sustainable Classrooms Manager, at diana@urbangreenlab.org

 


 Individual, corporate, and foundation giving campaign to raise $40,000 before 2020 to support Sustainable Classrooms 

Individual, corporate, and foundation giving campaign to raise $40,000 before 2020 to support Sustainable Classrooms