“The New School is a place that attracts people who really want to get involved in positive social change,” Environmental Studies Chair John Clinton told guests at Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) Summer Institute, held at The New School on June 27 and 28.
Clinton’s audience itself was proof of his statement. The Summer Institute was attended by more than 25 New York City Public School teachers, who had come to The New School to learn how to incorporate hands-on sustainability education into their lesson plans in the coming school year. Through curriculum exercises, discussions, and games, teachers expanded their own knowledge of ecological issues and picked up pedagogical skills to take these lessons back to the classroom.
In addition to its history of serving as their city’s educational epicenter for public engagement, The New School’s own undergraduate and graduate sustainability programs made it the ideal site for the CELF session. To that point, Clinton shared with the teachers several examples of The New School’s commitment to “real-world education in sustainability,” including Parsons and Milano’s energy neutral housing project, EMPOWERHOUSE.
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