Educational Institutions

Childrens Environmental Literacy Foundation

Sustainability Education for our Rapidly Changing World

aka CELF

Valhalla, NY

Mission

The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation was founded in 2003 on the principle that education for sustainability is essential for today’s K-12 students. Education for sustainability is a teaching methodology that develops critical thinking skills necessary to understand complex, interconnected issues. Students today face unprecedented challenges and an imperative to balance economic, social and environmental problems. They need to feel inspired and be prepared to innovate new solutions. CELF programs use real-world problem solving to prepare students with the holistic thinking skills and motivation to become agents of change for a healthier, more stable and sustainable future.

Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Katie Ginsberg

Main Address

200 Summit Lake Road Suite 130

Valhalla, NY 10595 USA

Keywords

K-12 Education, Teacher Training, Sustainability Education

EIN

36-4540146

 Number

2254023108

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The growing environmental and related economic and equity challenges facing this and future generations require an educated population with the skills to understand, analyze, and take part in complex decisions regarding issues such as water use, climate change, and preservation of natural places. K-12 school systems recognize the need for professional learning for educators to be able to equip students with the attitudes, behaviors, and skills that lead to responsible engagement with their communities. In order to prepare students to thrive in our complex and interconnected world, systems-thinking is a critical skill to develop. Our current education systems lack consistent and robust programs addressing this essential skill. CELF guides teachers in experiences outside the classroom that build students’ systems thinking skills and stimulates them to ponder, and question, the relationships between culture, design, economics, and environmental issues.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Whole Systems Change in K-12 Education

Annual Summer Institute

Civic Science: Inquiry to Action

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of teachers trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric reflects the number of teachers CELF has trained in education for sustainability concepts through all of our programs offered - Summer Institutes, Whole School Change and Civic Science.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We estimate that each teacher we educate on the concepts of sustainability, reaches 100 students.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Since its inception, CELF has provided consulting services, professional development programs and student training programs with a goal of making sustainability education an integral part of the K-12 learning experience. Our programs for educators and students complement our consulting services by providing training in education for sustainability and offering a multitude of ways to bring sustainability education into the classroom.

Working with school districts and educational organizations, CELF creates custom programming that addresses whole school change. Using a proven framework, strategically developed to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and current K-12 best practices, CELF provides educators with project-and place-based learning strategies and curricular access points for Education for Sustainability (EfS). Our professional learning model engages educators in interactive learning experiences, with CELF Facilitators working side-by-side to design curricula and school programs that integrate EfS instructional practices and the “Big Ideas of Sustainability”, creating EfS classroom and school-wide learning opportunities. Applying community-building principles of EfS in every aspect of our work, CELF creates a learning community among students, teachers, administrators and the community at large. When teachers belong to an effective culture of collaboration and cooperation, they are inspired to create this culture with their students. The concepts of sustainability are universal, but every district and school starts from a different place. Whether you have a handful of knowledgeable teachers or one enthusiastic administrator, CELF will partner with a school or district, and navigate the steps necessary to ensure today’s students will become tomorrow’s Earth Citizens.

CELF is an award-winning educational organization that specializes in K-12 environmental literacy and STEM learning through sustainability. CELF has received recognition awards for our transformative work with teachers, students and school communities from the EPA Region 2, NY League of Conservation Voters and the Clinton Global Initiative. CELF has helped schools and districts achieve the National Green Ribbon Award (Warwick Valley Central School District and Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies) through professional development that focuses on connecting STEM curriculum with campus energy, water, waste and transportation projects.

Evaluation of our progress will include teacher reflections, implementation reports, school action plans and evidence of success, as well as student artifacts. Project tracking reports will be completed throughout the year. Focus will be on the extent to which participating educators show changes in their knowledge of EfS pedagogy, comprehensively integrate multiple disciplines through EfS approaches, and model sustainable behaviors in the classroom and campus. Annual public forums will showcase students' sustainability achievements in school communities. Identified promising practices will be disseminated to participating schools and will be compiled in an online portfolio of model case studies, providing a link to schools undertaking similar school change efforts toward a sustainable future.

CELF has received recognition awards for our transformative work with teachers, students and school communities from the EPA Region 2, NY League of Conservation Voters and the Clinton Global Initiative. CELF has helped schools and districts achieve the National Green Ribbon Award (Warwick Valley Central School District and Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies) through professional development that focuses on connecting STEM curriculum with campus energy, water, waste and transportation projects. We are proud to say that since its inception, CELF has worked with more than 13,000 teachers and school leaders and more than 1 million students from 4,000 schools. This is just the beginning of our work to bring systemic change to K-12 education and we look forward to working with you.

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Childrens Environmental Literacy Foundation

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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