How to Get Involved
EcoSTEM Working Group
Notes from Nov 16, 2019
“Many Paths, Many Sources, Independence, Collaboration”
Routes to Success:
+ Connections across & between grades and subjects
+ Rethinking space (rooftop reading garden; indoor hydroponics)
+ Student directed and managed PBL
+ Sample from multiple resources
+ Build interdisciplinary teacher teams
+ Engage students at the policy level
+ Get outside! Learn with your students!
+ Use design challenges
+ Leverage share CER in both science subjects and humanities
+ Link skills and study to potential careers
+ Teachers following their own interest/inspiration
+ Kids want to be around plants!
Challenges and Questions:
+ Doing all work on your own
+ Issues of PBL management
+ Help writing grants
+ Getting youth input
+ Support for teachers new to growing
+ Path is often a blank slate at school
+ Navigating resources, balancing with core curriculum and pedagogy
+ Students want to DO relevant work
+ Comprehensive list of EE books? (Design better resources on climate?)
+ What is the state of climate education in NYC?
+ How to help teachers implement?
+ How to learn from how materials are actually implemented?
+ What do you want or need to know from teachers?
+ How to help get materials into classrooms?
DEP climate materials
DCAS, free solar training
Goals for the Group:
+ Set up folder of all the resources mentioned – Pending
+ Use part of each meeting to support one lesson (“my fossil lab for paleo-climatology is still not NGSS compliant”)
+ Develop new material
+ Continue to share ways teachers learn and explore by themselves
+ Build out other non-stem connections, values, that support bridges across subjects
+ Develop and share projects aligned with units already in place
+ Support classroom teachers to be less afraid of messy hands-on projects
+ Align meeting themes to contexts, resources, or challenges (for example):
Greenhouse, rooftop or community garden collaboration?
Green team or no team?