Environmental & Sustainability Education for All Fellowship 2017/2018: Call for Applications

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. In AY 2017/2018, the Teachers College Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) will offer one fellowship to enhance ESE in schools serving marginalized populations.

With support from the Working Group on ESE, the Zankel Fellow will begin ameliorating this gap by supporting educational change on two levels: 

  • First, the Fellow will work with students on enhancing the school engagement with ESE topics by establishing and mentoring a student-led Green Team. As an after school program, the Green Team will be open to all students in the school and empower students (and the schools community as whole) to address sustainability challenges through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention. The Fellows will help the Green Team to coordinate events and will serve as a bridge to community-based organizations and the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability.
  • Second, the Fellow will collaborate with teachers in order to introduce ESE to the school curriculum. For example, the Fellow could prepare a module on ways to measure air pollution in the school’s neighborhood at different time points. This module could be linked to subjects such science, math, and computer science. The Fellow could also prepare a lesson plan on environmental activism in the school’s neighborhood, which could be linked to social studies and civics.

Internship criteria:

  • Interest in working with K-12 students
  • Interest in environmental education, sustainability, and climate change
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Classroom leadership skills

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