Teacher Training

Water, Waste and Energy – How to bring themes of sustainability into the classroom

New York Sun Works is bringing together a dynamic team of scientists, technicians, urban farmers and environmental advocates for an engaging 36-hour workshop which focuses on a range of current topics in urban sustainability.

This course was created to support teachers’ ability to provide an engaging STEM + sustainability education to their students. NY Sun Works has identified teacher support and training as a crucial component of the Greenhouse Project initiative.

FALL session dates are fully booked. Please check back for Winter session dates!

TO REGISTER: Visit the ASPDP course catalog

The course has been approved by the NYC Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program [ASPDP] and is offered 3 times a year. Participating teachers will receive 3 professional credits for the course, which can be applied to the NYS 175 hour professional development requirement.

Sessions will be conducted at the greenhouse at PS84, Brooklyn by NYSW science teacher Shakira Provasoli. The course syllabus received a score of 15 out of 16 points when evaluated for content by the ASPDP.

Participating teachers will be provided all associated materials, including small hydroponic kits and composting bins for classroom use. Guest speakers include representatives from NY Sun Works; +POOL, NYC H20; The Zero Waste Schools Initiative – as well as Sustainability Education Advocates and Museum & Art Educators.

If you have any questions about this course please contact Manuela Zamora

“Your class was the best class I have taken in years and possibly one of the best I ever had. It really changed my world. I am really going to make an effort to minimize my waste and try to teach my kids everything I learned, not necessarily through lessons but through my actions and words”

—Matt Weiler, ASPDP course participant

“Simply mind-blowing stuff. And I would love just to help around your greenhouse. Amazing job and thank you so much for everything. It was beautiful and infinitely rewarding.”

–Gail Sims Bliss, ASPDP course participant

“The hands-on activities were super fun, educational and engaging. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed learning about sustainability. I can’t wait to bring all that I’ve learned back into my classroom.”

—Wei-Ee Cheng, PS 282