NJ Educators for Sustainability @ FDU


Mission:

NJ Educators for Sustainability is a team of educators dedicated to integrating problem-based learning into the curriculum using sustainability topics.  Located in the School of Education (SOE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) our mission is that educators will become engaged with meaningful interdisciplinary instruction that allows students to actively research and problem-solve solutions to pertinent problems confronting all of us, locally and globally.

Too often classrooms focus on a narrow vision of the curriculum, teaching skills and concepts within a discipline that supposedly will help students pass a standardized assessment.  As the curriculum narrows, teachers and students become disengaged and lose sight that education is about connecting concepts and using differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.  

What We Do:

  • Provide training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators, and administrators on critical content in the field of sustainability that focuses on enhancing teaching and learning skills that are aligned with the Core Common State Standards and will be tested in the PARCC assessment.
  • Help educators develop problem-based units focused on sustainability topics that teach deep reading of complex texts, how to synthesize and draw evidence from multiple sources for an essay, problem solving and modeling in mathematics, and advancing literacy and mathematical skills.
  • Support teachers as they implement their units of instruction during the school year.
  • Provide resources and guidance to help schools become certified by  NJ Sustainable Schools.

Summer 2017 Two-Day Workshop: Using Problem-based Learning and Sustainability to Address Local and Global Issues 

WORKSHP DATES:  JUNE 26 AND 27, 2017   9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Purpose

To provide training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators, and administrators on problem-based learning using sustainability themes. The two-day workshop is designed to show how critical content in the field of sustainability will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning of critical skills needed to solve problems. Using sustainable topics that deal with local and global issues, this workshop will show teachers how to develop units of study that involve students in solving authentic and local problems that are interesting and relevant.

Approach

Approximately 20 participants from New Jersey school districts will be accepted into this unique program. It is preferred that teams (two or more) of educators from one school will work together to develop the unit. Single applicants will be considered.

Project faculty will work with educators to develop problem-based units with sustainable local or global themes, focusing on critical skills needed to solve problems. Educators will learn about sustainability and how problem-based learning can be implemented successfully in the classroom. They will develop units that teach deep reading of complex texts, how to synthesize and draw evidence from multiple sources for an essay, problem-solving and modeling in mathematics, and how to promote advancing literacy and mathematical skills. Project staff will continue to support educators via e-mail, visits, and chats throughout the year.

Project Highlights:

  • Each educator will receive a $200 stipend for attending the two-day Summer Workshop and writing and submitting a problem-based unit. An additional $200 stipend is available if the unit is implemented and documentation and work samples submitted.
  • Teachers will receive professional development credits for completing the project.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP

For More Information:

Dr. Vicki Cohen at cohen@fdu.edu or Meredith Kates at mjkates@optonline.net

This project is funded by the Arconic Foundation and the Bayer Foundation.