Project Based Learning Zero Waste Fellowship

Title Project Based Learning Zero Waste Fellowship
Date(s) Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Friday, June 22, 2018
Time 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


This cohort based professional learning opportunity is built around four main components:

  • Summer Institute: Two-day professional learning opportunity that centers around building knowledge and skills, and beginning to design a unit of study that will evolve and implement during the fall and winter.
  • Community Partnerships: Connections with local community based partners that support zero waste efforts in school communities (i.e. Recology, ReThink Waste, SMC Office of Sustainability, etc.).
  • Guided Implementation and Practice: Ongoing support through coaching and collaboration.
  • Final Deliverables: Development of a zero waste unit, and delivery of a capstone presentation that captures how teachers implemented within their classroom and community.

This fellowship is based on well-documented research that shows it takes an average of 50 hours of professional development integrating knowledge and applied skilled development to show a positive and significant effect on student achievement (Yoon et al., 2007 - US Department of Education). 

Benefits Teachers Receive for Participating:
  • A $500 stipend upon completion of the program
  • A deep understanding of the environmental, social, and economic issues related to the waste system
  • The confidence and ability to successfully use problem-based learning strategies, including: inquiry, systems thinking, and civic engagement
  • Connection with local zero waste community based organizations, and hands-on experiences and field trips to enhance classroom teaching
  • Increased student engagement and comprehension, and greater and lasting educational impact on your students
  • The tools and resources to make a significant impact in your school community towards a zero waste future
  • The chance to collaborate and share best practices with fellow teachers within your cohort

Benefits to Students with Zero Waste Teacher Fellows

  • Motivation to learn, including enthusiasm for and interest in school
  • Knowledge gains across multiple disciplines, including environmental topics, science, history-social studies, and more
  • Academic skills, critical thinking, oral communication, analytical skills, problem solving, and higher-order thinking
  • Familiarity and comfort with challenging environmental topics, and a sense of stewardship for nature
  • Emotional and social skills, such as self-esteem, character development, team work, and leadership skills
  • Knowledge, skills, and experiences to act individually and collectively on environmental service and stewardship.

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