Thank you CELF for a wonderful experience on how to get our students excited and engaged with environmental stewardship.
Even the most resistant teachers will be opened, inspired, and motivated to bring new learning to the classroom with a focus on Sustainability! The ideas you will walk away with will change your classroom and your community!
As any teacher can relate too, teaching during the pandemic has been challenging. The CELF summer institute offered invaluable resources and a great supportive community for exploring and collaborating during this stressful time. As a teacher of 17 years, this summer’s CELF program has inspired me to continue this important work during the school year. The institute provides inquiry based ideas, phenomenal speakers, relevant feedback, and the time to work together to enhance our project based learning activities. CELF also encourages and facilitates the focus of place based education into the classroom while using the framework of inquiry to action evolving your curriculum. Participating in CELF enhances your current work and thinking to another level. Anyone who is passionate about our place in this world and the environment through the lens of education will thrive in these programs.
I had the honor to work with CELF and experience first-hand their hands-on approach with teachers. CELF's professional learning approach provides meaningful strategies to teachers that work with both students and entire learning communities. Teachers can build their own lessons as well as exchange lessons with other participants. Most importantly the work teachers engage in with CELF can be readily implemented with students. CELF models building community through their own learning community. They understand that effective instructional practices are often articulated through experienced teachers.
CELF is an amazing organization, doing authentic, innovative, and inspiring work to create space for educators' ongoing learning about all aspects of sustainability. The Summer Institutes I experienced from the perspective of an intern were engaging, insightful, and productive. It was great to see teachers learning about how to implement sustainability in their work in a very nuanced and practical way.
I first was introduced to CELF by a colleague who invited me to join her at the CELF Summer Institute. This was an inspirational springboard to further develop my EFS practices in my own classroom. Many years later I had the honor of joining the CELF team as a professional development facilitator. Working with CELF as a classroom teacher definitely paved my way into the world of professional learning in Education for Sustainability in many contexts and roles.
I am fortunate enough to be the Autumn 2020 intern for CELF and I couldn’t think of a better working environment.The CELF team is incredibly supportive and so welcoming. Even though everyone is mostly working remotely, I have felt extremely connected the whole team. Moreover, I am able to work on meaningful tasks that contribute to CELF’s overall operations. In addition to this, they are very flexible with my ideas and vision for the work that I want to accomplish. I only started working here very recently, and I have already gained a wealth of knowledge from the team. If you ever have the opportunity to work with or for CELF, I highly recommend taking it!
CELF provides teachers with tools, and guidance to effectively motivate and engage students as they become environmental stewards. I came away from CELFS Summer Institutes with the confidence to support my students as they learn, that within them lies the ability to lead the charge on sustainability and conservation.
My kids had a lot of fun completing the different activities. The Nature Challenge was well organized, the activities and guest speakers were great, and everything was well paced. We hope to do it again!
CELF Houston has an amazing duo. These educators know how to encourage and lead teachers through Project-Based Learning. They have amazing ideas to connect children to nature. And the summer workshop, albeit long & pricey, brings some amazing speakers.
Amanda and Lisa have been great partners for Lantrip Elementary! They go above and beyond to provide resources and information to our teachers. We loved having CELF conduct our G/T training for this school year.
CELF is a great partner in our work in working towards equitable access and connection to nature for children. They are always willing to work together in meaningful ways.
They have also worked hard during the COVID crisis to rethink what they do and still serve their community and developed great innovative programming.
I worked with CELF while teaching high school in the Houston area. Not only did CELF show a genuine interest in providing resources for my classes, they wanted to know how they could help, specifically, with what I was already teaching. Often, when teachers work with outside organizations, it seems that those organizations are pushing an agenda; that is not the case with CELF. They provided me with an air quality monitor, along with ideas on how to implement it in my classroom, but ultimately the decision on how to use it was my own. In addition, CELF advocates for authentic learning and they provide an annual conference platform for students to share their voice. This is a great way for a student to cement the year’s learning experiences.
The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) nonprofit organization has a summer institute that I attended with the purpose of writing an interdisciplinary plan and collaborate with likeminded colleagues. I expected to only learn more about ways to plan project based curricula, about Big Ideas of Sustainability to assist my scholars. What I gained was an extremely positive, collaborative group of colleagues who are a part of my network, are encouraging, feel more life family members, and who have committed to collaborating together throughout the school year. To me, CELF has provided a valuable experience. Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit that has expert personnel who plan, implement learning experiences and have not only impacted my professional community of colleagues in my network but their personnel have also impacted my personal family and community. Within the collaboration, the personnel pour into the participants of the summer institute in a way that is authentic and powerful. I am grateful for CELF and have been spreading the “good news” that CELF nonprofit organization is a premier organization through which to learn grow and teach others what is learned when participating in the collaborative planning.
I have had the privilege of working with the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) staff both in New York and in Texas and both online and in person. Katie Ginsberg and her team have created a phenomenal organization that focuses on educating the community about sustainability and civic science engagement practices. They are always available and helpful while working with me and the teachers within my district. This year, together with the CELF staff, we are working to build student knowledge about sustainability and promote self-awareness of the world around and how students can affect change in their local environment, which impacts the global environment.
I was extremely lucky to participate in TWO summer institutes AND a school PD from CELF. I am so impressed with the professionalism, their goals and easy lessons to bring back to the classroom. I can not recommend them enough to any district, school, or individual that wants to make a difference in our world. The sustainability focus is relatable and I can't even think of how I used to think before my training. I was excited that I could help bring them to our school and I am a cheerleader for their summer institute. It was a life changing experience! One that I would want everyone to have!
CELF has been a great asset to our school and community. I was lucky enough to attend a summer institute and participate in a PD at our school. It has helped our students become more aware and accountable in creating a more sustainable future.
CELF continues to provide resources and professional development that are geared toward integrating curriculum around the idea of sustainability. Having been a part of CELF’s summer institute as well as PD at my school, their ideas are simple to implement and have made a long lasting impact on our science instruction and curriculum!
CELF is hands down the best professional development organization focused on sustainability. I have been working with and supporting CELF for many years because they make a needed difference for schools and student outcomes. Their teacher trainings are deep and thorough. They help schools with systems thinking needed to create whole school change, and teachers with the connections they need in the large themes of sustainability to make teaching relevant. I am a current Board member because no organization meets schools and teachers where there are as well as CELF. At this moment in time it is particularly critical because we students need be prepared to meet the global and climate challenges they currently and will face.
This past summer I had the pleasure of attending my first CELF Seminar at Manhattanville College and was introduced to a new way of thinking and empowered to take it back to the classroom with the . assurance that support would be readily available to us even after the conference. I am a seasoned professional and appreciate well run professional development. CELF ranks at the top of my experience. I met many new peers and colleagues and came away with a wealth of new ideas for sustainability and the care of our world. My young students benefit from the wealth of materials I returned to school with and look forward to putting into practice the many ideas we planned together.
I have been consistently in touch with CELF from 2012 . I live in Sharjah , UAE . I had a wonderful opportunity to attend the summer institute in 2012 and 2019 . The learning that I have acquired enabled me as an administrator and an instructional leader to improve sustainable best practices in the school that I work with . From lesson plans to projects, campaigns ,morning assemblies and parent engagement activities , I was able to bring in a lot of innovation and creativity by integrating areas such as place -based education , system thinking , geo-enquiry and UN Sustainable Goals that I learnt . The CELF staff work with perseverance and determination to frame the summer classes every year. Each day is made memorable with unique and informative sustainable activities . I wish to keep in touch with them always for improving my learning each year .Best wishes to CELF in their future ventures .
I am writing this review because over the summer I was fortunate to spend several days learning and growing as a teacher with the CELF's program. CELF brought in wonderful guests speakers, from book authors to motivational speakers to school administrators. All of their guests had such a positive impact on me that it moved me to improve my teaching strategies. I learned so much from CELF I could not wait for the school year to start so I could apply some new strategies.
During the summer program I met great people that love teaching. I highly recommend taking a CELF course and I look forward to their school visit this year.
As an elementary educator, CELF has helped me raise the level of my teaching in order to better meet the needs of my students. They supported me as I went through the grant-writing process and then went above and beyond to help fulfill the goals of our grant. CELF worked with me to reinvigorate our elementary school's nature walk program by creating a curriculum aligned to the new science standards that connected to hands-on, place-based learning. Their summer institute and the connections I developed while there were incredible, too.
I've been fortunate to be a CELF board member for a number of years and feel honored to be supporting this talented, passionate education team. It has been incredibly powerful to watch students become inspired to make sustainable changes in their communities and the world thanks to teachers who brought the CELF training and curriculum back to their students. CELF is helping all students become sustainability leaders.
I am the Asst. Supt of Warwick Valley Central School District. We have done a lot of work with CELF for the last 5 years. However, the most impactful was when they were able to help us with attaining the Federal Green Ribbon Award. All four schools have won this prestigious award and we have been the only school district to win the last two years in the state of New York. CELF was an integral part of the third pillar of the Green Ribbon award, which centers around education. They were able to work with our teachers and create performance task units at every grade level and/or subject area. They also helped me as a leader to grow the sustainability effort throughout the District.
I attended my first CELF conference last summer. Without a doubt, CELF cares deeply about children and the environment. Their work with teachers and schools is something to be emulated. Their staff is knowledgeable and organized. When it comes to sustainability and environmental education, no task is too great.
Our partnership with CELF has helped to create discussions surrounding sustainability in our district. Working with our K-12 science vertical team, the CELF staff developers have taught key concepts around sustainability and had the team look at our surroundings in a new way. A small team of teachers also attended the CELF summer institute and left that week inspired to bring new learnings back into our district. We are looking forward to working with CELF for a second year.
Director of Curriculum- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
I have worked with and for CELF over the past 5 years in various manners. Collectively, we have helped train high school age students to organize and take action against injustices around the world, raise funding to send water treatment materials to schools in countries without access and train teachers on how to help support education for sustainability in their classrooms and surrounding environments. Anyone involved with leading children toward a more conscientious and sustainable future should strongly consider working with CELF to improve your effectiveness and scope of knowledge. Aside from their expertise in these fields and quality work, all the individuals involved are simply a joy to work with. Most recently they have helped provide a focus for our school district and have helped lead to some important breakthroughs for our buildings. I always look forward to opportunities to work with their talented and dedicated staff and strongly urge you to consider adding them to your network going forward.
I began my work with CELF a few years ago through the partnership my school district formed with them. I attended the Summer Institute with no expectation other than to possibly better understand sustainability. However, I have to say I gained so much more than that. Through CELF's guidance and support, I was able to better understand the Big Ideas of Sustainability, and therefore share those connections with my students. With their support, I was able to help find curriculum connections in all subject areas. We have done an enormous amount of work within the district to bring more awareness to students and the community. All of this was possible because of the work we were able to do with CELF. They helped to jump start our sustainability efforts and have helped to empower teachers and students alike. I am now a co-chair of my district's Sustainability Committee, helping to promote sustainability K-12. If you ever get the opportunity to work with CELF, I highly recommend it!!
The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) has been, and still is, an oasis in the environmental and nutritional desert of East Harlem. CELF encouraged the sustainability efforts in our former school, that was eventually closed, during its most challenging years, with a positivity, and can-do/hands-on attitude and follow through, that was authentic, contagious, and inspiring. They provided Professional Development (PD), expertise, and support for our sustainability team school during the years I spent fundraising for the Vito Marcantonio Community Peace Garden and throughout the time we spent securing and nourishing 15 trees we received from the Million TreesNYC program. And they have backed every effort to 'green' our school environs and asphalt yard. I met my most progressive and thoughtful colleagues while attending their workshops. The deep-hearted intelligence and generosity of its staff members, the thoroughness of its curriculum and PD workshops, and the flexibility of its programming to custom fit the unpredictable and sometimes chaotic school setting, exemplifies what it means to be sustainable. They enter the fray and get their hands dirty–they literally helped us build our outdoor raised beds and shovel the mountain of soil we received from the New York City Parks Department. For the last two years, the Citizen Science project that CELF introduced to our middle school students has awakened their interest and curiosity about air pollution in their neighborhoods and how it contributes to wide spread asthma. Their emerging environmental literacy empowers them and raises the likelihood that they will make a difference in their communities and their lives. Central Park East 2's principal, Naomi Smith, who leads the school community for the second year in a new building, has recently welcomed a re-energized partnership with CELF. Their mutual passion and commitment to sustainability is a propitious sign for the new year.