Summer 2012 Sustainability Institute for Teachers
Science and Social Studies Teachers (Grade 7-12)
The Youngstown State University
Center for Environmental Sustainability
Youngstown State Universit ’s Center for Environmental Sustainability will invite 30 science and social studies teachers in grades 7- 12 to participate in a free Interdisciplinary Sustainability Workshop in summer of 2012. Teachers from Mahoning and Trumbull counties are given top priority.
When is the institute?
June 18-22, 2012, plus two Saturdays during the 2012-2013 school year
Who can participate?
Science and social studies teachers in grades 7-12 from Trumbull and Mahoning Counties
What resources will I receive?
Stipends ($150) will be provided to all participants
Free graduate credit for the first 15 teachers to register
Free 9-month sustainability curriculum subscription for the first 20 teachers to register
A resource text, curricular materials, and more
Brochure and Registration Material
- During this workshop teachers will learn about sustainability from a variety of perspectives including guest and faculty speakers with expertise in chemistry, environmental studies, history, biology, economics, engineering, public policy, & more.
- Broad themes will include energy, water, air, and land.
- Teachers will participate in local field trips highlighting these themes (such as a solar energy company and a local organic farm).
- Teachers will participate in interactive sessions related to teaching about sustainability in the classroom (meeting new Ohio Standards).
The concept of sustainability, absent in previous versions of the Ohio standards, is present in both social studies and science revised standards.
Sustainability has three nested components:
The workshop will focus on all three components in an interdisciplinary approach.
We will address these questions:
- What is environmental sustainability and how does it relate to what I teach?
- What is included in the new Ohio Standards?
- How does this benefit me and my students?
- Where do I find resources?
- Are there any local examples I can use in my classroom?