Teacher Training

Our teacher training is designed to support teachers in reaching their goals for hands-on, experiential teaching practices while bolstering K-12 science and sustainability science content (connected to science standards), particular to the urban setting. We do this through building hydroponic classrooms, providing our Discovering Sustainability Science Curriculum, technical training, curriculum implementation support, professional learning sessions, and opportunities for our partner teachers to connect, learn from, and network with one another. Specifically our teacher training:

  • Equips teachers with the knowledge and technical skills to care for and maintain their hydroponics systems and GROW crops in their hydroponic classrooms
  • Supports teachers as they explore the NY Sun Works Discovering Sustainability Science curriculum and bring hands on learning with hydroponic methodologies as they TEACH about the use of technology, plant biology, ecology, and how humans interact with and impact the environment.
  • Suggests ideas and opportunities to ENRICH and extend the hydroponic classroom experiences and harvests to their communities.   

Check back often! This page, as well as our Upcoming Events Calendar, are updated regularly with new opportunities for teachers


Upcoming Events for Teachers Include…

Energy, Water, Waste: Integrating themes of Sustainability in Classroom, Summer 2023

Join New York Sun Works and a dynamic team of scientists, technicians, urban farmers and environmental advocates for an engaging 45-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.

This hybrid virtual and in-person course on simple sustainability with students offers pre-K – 8th grade teachers the opportunity to delve deeper into global environmental issues on a local level. Teachers will learn more about current environmental concerns and social justice through a blend of technology, discussion, and hands-on projects. Guest speakers, informative tours, videos and educational games offer a holistic approach to learning about real world environmental problems and how they affect different cultures.

Earn 3 P/A+ Credits, 45 Hours CTLE   
ASPDP Fee: $125.00
All Materials Included

Register through ASPDP, Course Details Here

Class Sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom by NYSW science teacher Shakira Provasoli, with numerous guest speakers and presentations, as well as select field trips as available and allowable.

Participating teachers will be provided all associated materials, including small hydroponic kits and composting bins for classroom use. Past guest speakers include representatives from NY Sun Works; Solar One, +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 Sarah Young