Monday July 17, 2023 – Thursday July 20, 2023

The 2023 Summer Institute will focus on K-5 teachers (subsequent years will focus on middle and high school teachers). The institute is FREE; participants will receive a stipend ($1,000) and they may earn up to 28 CTLE credits. Join us!

What if, in just one week, you could develop a better understanding of climate change, become a more confident educator, build a network of wonderful colleagues from around the City, and return to your school with new ideas on how to engage students with climate change?

The Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers College, Columbia University and NYC Public Schools Office of Sustainability are partnering on a Summer Institute dedicated to climate education. The Institute is a four full days of professional learning as part of the Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP), an NSF Science and Technology Center at Columbia University. Bringing together faculty, doctoral students, expert teachers, and DOE leaders, the Summer Institute creates a learning community to explore, make sense of, and provide tangible support for incorporating climate change across different subjects. 

The Summer Institute has four main goals:

  1. To develop new knowledge and understanding of climate change among teachers. 
  2. To empower teachers to engage their students with climate change across different subjects, including: English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Arts, and Science. 
  3. To co-design innovative teaching materials about climate change in New York City.
  4. To establish a learning community of teachers from different schools and neighborhoods.  


As the need and demand grows for the integration of climate change in schools, this Summer Institute will help catalyze the preparation of K-5 teachers to develop and lead lessons aligned with standards and place-based learning.

Application is available here. This will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. 

Application deadline: May 1, 2023
Admissions decisions will be released by May 15, 2023.
Early decisions are available upon request.

For inquiries, please contact Summer Institute Team: 

To request disability-related accommodations, please fill out the Accommodations Request Form or contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) at, (212) 678-3689, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.