Apply for the Teacher Leadership Institute for Sustainability: "Every Classroom a Green Classroom"
TK-12 Teachers are invited to apply to be part of the 2024-25 Cohort by submitting this form. 

The goal of this teacher leadership institute is to increase TK-12 teacher capacity for integrating environmental sustainability with classroom curriculum in any content area and leading students in sustainability efforts at school and in their communities.

To accomplish this goal, participants will:

  • Engage as learners in deepening understanding of environmental literacy and sustainability frameworks

  • Identify environmental issues relevant to students and potential connections to classroom curriculum

  • Connect with local environmental education partners for support of outdoor learning and stewardship action projects

  • Engage students in taking action on an environmental issue relevant to their classroom community as part of the pilot “Every Classroom a Green Classroom” recognition program

  • Share their green classroom profile at the final showcase in April

  • Explore opportunities for student action projects to contribute to green school certification and other existing district greening efforts


NOTE: The program includes synchronous virtual sessions, in-person sessions, and independent work. 

  • 2 session in-person kick-off: 10/13/24 & 10/20/24 9:00am - 2:00pm (please note weekend dates) at the beautiful oceanside Seymour Marine Discovery Center

  • 3 Virtual Afterschool Sessions: Tuesdays 10/22/24, 11/12/24, & 12/3/24, 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm (on zoom)

  • 1 collaborative planning session: 1/25/25 9:00am - 12pm (please note weekend date)

  • March 8 STEAM Expo (optional opportunity to share project progress) 

  • In-person Green Classroom "Share Fair" & Celebration: Saturday 4/26/25 9:00am-2:00pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Stipend: Classroom teacher participants will receive up to $1,200 for participation based on attendance at in-person and virtual sessions and submission of green classroom profiles and final survey.  Stipends will be paid by districts at the end of the 2024-25 school year.

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Email *
First name *
Last name *
School Name *
Principal Name *
Principal email *
District  *
School type *
What is your current role in your school? *
Do you have any additional roles at your site or district that you feel may relate to this Teacher Institute? If so, feel free to share here.
Grade Level(s) Currently Teaching (select all that apply) *
Why do you want to join this Teacher Leaders for Sustainability cohort? *
What strengths would you bring to the group? *
What areas of your professional practice are you interested in developing?  *
Please share any specific resources or support you hope this Teacher Institute will provide to help you integrate outdoor learning and sustainability actions into your core content instruction. *
Please rank the characteristics that you see in yourself. *
Does not describe me
Willing to try it out
Currently growing in this area
Willing to work collaboratively
Has a growth mindset
Desire to deepen understanding of systems change
Interest in problem based learning
To what extent do you already bring in the environment or environmental topics/issues into your classroom instruction?
*The level of environmental topics you already integrate or not, will not affect your acceptance for this program.
To what extent do you already engage students in outdoor learning on your campus or on field trips?
*The extent that you do or do not engage students in outdoor learning will not affect your acceptance for this program.
Please assess your understanding of environmental literacy and the California Environmental Principles and Concepts
*The level of understanding you have or do not have of environmental literacy will not affect your acceptance for this program.
If you are already engaging students in an action project related to sustainability, please share a brief description. 
Please check all of the set professional development dates you are able to commit to (to the best of your ability)? *
The expectation is that you are able to commit to all professional development opportunities.
If you have conflicts with above dates, please explain your situation here.
Professional Reference First & Last Name (optional)
Professional Reference's role or connection to you
Personal Reference email 
Any questions or additional comments you would like to share?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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