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Specialized Professional Development Opportunities in the New Year

January 5, 2023

The NY Sun Works Education Team is honored to provide partner schools and teachers with resources to support learning about sustainability science, urban agriculture, and hydroponics year-round. With the start of 2023, we are excited to share our NY Sun Works Professional Learning Programming opportunities for the second half of this school year! 

Kicking off the spring semester of professional learning opportunities, we will be hosting three separate but specialized professional development events January 30th. Our middle school educators will have the opportunity to join our “Climate Change and Ecojustice for the Middle Grades’‘ virtual PDs at 11 am or 2 pm where they will hear from two climate education experts and will workshop how to effectively implement environmental justice and advocacy in greenhouse classrooms, call students to action, and incorporate climate education into middle school science standards. In addition, high school partner teachers can attend Fishing for Knowledge – High School Professional Learning,” our in-person PD event at the NY Harbor School on Governors Island to learn about advanced aquaponic & hydroponic techniques, as well as how to address social justice issues like food insecurity. Further, special education teachers are invited to join our Hydroponics in Special Education Settings Round Table PD where teachers from D75 schools and other special education settings will collaborate and discuss best practices for integrating hydroponics and NY Sun Works curriculum into their classrooms. These opportunities are just the events for January – we have many more professional learning opportunities planned for the rest of the semester! Teachers will continue to receive information about these events via email and can also check the upcoming events page on our website.

We’ve significantly expanded our professional learning offerings for this Spring,  with new professional learning sessions, workshops, and events on topics including: classroom management in the greenhouse classroom, incorporating environmental justice and advocacy into curriculum, engaging diverse learners in the greenhouse classroom, supporting students in designing and implementing their own scientific investigations, and more! We look forward to seeing our amazing partner teachers at these sessions and to continuing to support the incredible work teachers are doing in their hydroponic classrooms

Please visit the upcoming events page on our website to see the most immediate events or use the registration links sent in our “PD Newsletter” email to sign up for all upcoming professional learning events! We will continue to send out these updates. Feel free to email Becky Higgins, Professional Learning Manager, at with any questions or registration needs. Thank you!


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