OVER A HUNDRED EDUCATORS AND ORGANIZERS ATTENDED A SERIES OF EVENTS LED BY ENVIRONMENTAL CHARTER SCHOOLS TO EXPLORE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN ACTION
This year, more than 100 educators, students and community partners gathered at Environmental Charter Schools campuses to explore environmental justice in action through a series of events facilitated by our own students and teachers. Green Ambassadors Institute (GAI) — the learning lab and professional development incubator of Environmental Charter Schools — is working to reframe environmental education in the urban setting, modeling how schools can be sites of civic action and solutions-based thinking by authentically engaging youth, educators, community leaders and environmental advocates as partners.
“GAI has created a collaborative, transformational experience for educators to get the knowledge and support that they need to go beyond the classroom, to address community needs and to engage their students on sustainability issues in LA.”
– GAI participant
In a series of three events, participants engaged with groups steeped in hands-on environmental work in Southern California and then collaborated on how to take ideas back to their own communities. A ‘curriculum hack,’ piloted at the final GAI session, gave participants the opportunity to co-create community-based curriculum aimed at engaging students in addressing our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.