The Environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellowship is a knowledge-to-action program that builds teacher capacity for designing and delivering learning experiences that are student-centered, problem-project-based, solutions-oriented, and integrates real-world environmental justice issues.
The program is a ten-month fellowship that runs from summer to Spring. Fellows who complete all requirements are eligible for a stipend (generally ranges between $750 - $1,000). Fellows may participate in the following capacities:
First Time Fellow: First Year of Participation
Return Fellow: Fellows may return for one additional year and complete a new topic
Senior Fellow: Fellows may return for a final third year in a role that blends learning and leadership and calls on fellows to serve as a coach and mentor to first-time fellows
Intended outcomes of this program include the following:
Deeper understanding of the intersection between environmental, social, and economic issues.
Confidence and ability to successfully use student-centered learning strategies (inquiry, systems thinking, civic engagement, PBL, etc.), which increase student engagement and comprehension.
Tools and resources to make an impact in your school community, including connection with and access to funding for resources, field trips, and more.
Hear from Alumni
"The Environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellowship has completely turned around my teaching practice.
I know that before joining I was very focused on content standards and not much else. I did not do much project-based learning and did not have any solutionary pieces to my curriculum. I also did not take student emotions into account, as I didn't see how it mattered - just learn and get your work done because that is how I was taught.
I am a better teacher thanks to this fellowship. My curriculum is more meaningful, students see the relevance of what they are learning to their growth into college and career adulthood. I now do a better job of helping them process thoughts and emotions as we move through the curriculum, and I think that is better whole-person learning."
- 2020-21 Teacher Fellow
Program Pathways and Requirements
The Environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellowship structure is based on a number of research studies that outline components of successful professional development for educators, such as: efforts that are directly related to instruction and/or operations, engage adult learners in a collaborative community, include elements of accountability, range between 30 - 100 hours (average of 49 hours).
The fellowship is built around three key phases of professional learning: Knowledge, Action, and Reflection. Use the sections below to better understand the requirements and elements of each phase. All phases will be completed in a virtual format (with one possible in-person field-based experience in November with a Community Based Partner).
Program Success and Testimonials
Since the start of this fellowship in 2015-16, more than 300 teachers have learned what environmental literacy is and how to do it — while also meeting the standards and fostering students engagement and academic success. Despite all the challenges teachers have faced with COVID-19, the program continues to be incredibly successful for empowering teachers - more than 90% of teacher fellows reported that the program was critical to their success and/or enhanced their ability to teach virtually and engage students in the 2020-21 school year.
95% of participants report very high to extreme satisfaction with institutes and workshops
95% of teachers report that they will teach their solutionary unit again in future years.
96% would participate in additional fellowship programs, and 96% would recommend it to colleagues.
Coordinator, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Phone: (650) 802-5406