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.   

Upcoming opportunities for teachers include:

**Check back often! This page is updated regularly with new opportunities for teachers**


Info Session: 10th Annual NY Sun Works Annual Discovering Sustainability Science Youth Conference

Save the date! The annual Discovering Sustainability Science conference will take place on: May 19, 2021. The conference, open to students in 1st-12th grades, will take place virtually this year! If you would like to learn more about the Youth Conference please register to join our next Youth Conference info session:


Energy, Water, Waste: Integrating themes of Sustainability in Classroom, Spring 2021

New York Sun Works is bringing together 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.

The Spring 2021 course runs for 6 sessions February 27, March 6, March 13, : 9:00am – 5:30pm

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 45 CTLE hours/3 Professional “P” credits for the course, which can be applied to the NYS 175 hour professional development requirement.

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 Nathaniel Coburn.

“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