COURSE DATES: APRIL 20, 27 & MAY 4, 2020
Are your students concerned about environmental and justice issues? Do they want to know what they can do? This course will show you how to empower them!
Mid-Hudson Teacher Center invites New York State educators to join our Civic Engagement & Democracy Course — an online 3-part synchronous series of 2-hour sessions facilitated by a master teacher. This course is based on the work of YVFP Founder & Director, Lynne Cherry. Employ the power of peer success-stories (social modeling) to help young people overcome fear and “motivated avoidance” and develop self-efficacy through civic action.
Inspire youth with YVFP’s award-winning documentary films, featuring diverse role models on the front lines of global change, reducing the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities—while saving money and improving health. Learn how to use the YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum (with lessons bfor grades 3-12 based on the films) and develop an A.C.T.I.O.N plan that helps your students find their team, their passion and their power. Give young people hope and the tools to change minds, change laws and change the world, even though they’re still too young to vote.
Please note: This course is open to all New York State formal and informal educators. Not in NY? Please contact us.
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Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Join Young Voices for the Planet partner, The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, for their 2020 Summer Institutes to learn how to transform education by engaging students in ways that connect them to the world around them and develop their understanding of how everyone has the ability to change or impact a system, community and themselves. CELF Summer Institute welcomes K-12 formal and informal educators from all subject areas.
Lynne Cherry, YVFP Founder & Director, will be a featured presenter at the CELF Summer Institutes. Learn more about the YVFP & CELF partnership here and explore how CELF’s program “Civic Science: Inquiry to Action” incorporates place-and project based learning in school communities.
Please note: Due to Covid-19, the Summer Institute Sessions may be held online instead of in-person. To be kept informed, please signup for CELF’s newsletter. Or, email email@example.com for information.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MODEL
Learn how to inspire young people with our award-winning documentary films, featuring diverse role models on the front lines of global change, reducing the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities—even though they’re too young to vote! These uplifting success stories, along with our Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum (with lessons based on the films for grades 3-12) give children hope and the tools to change minds, change laws and change the world. These workshops are inspired by the pilot series we conducted in the greater Pittsburgh area in 2019, made possible through generous funding by The Heinz Endowments and support from the Garden Club of Allegheny County (see ‘Past Events’ below).
HOST AN EVENT OR WORKSHOP!
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with schools, environmental and educational organizations, and formal and informal teachers from all subject areas. We customize our workshops to your audience with interactive programs ranging from 2 hours to a full day. Many of the workshops are currently presented by Lynne Cherry, YVFP founder/ filmmaker/New York Times best selling children’s author and illustrator. The young stars of the YVFP films are often included as well.
Each workshop engages participants in discussions and break-out sessions, screens the films, presents the Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum and shares the psychological research and pedagogy of teaching with hope and success stories. If your school or organization is interested in partnering with YVFP to offer a Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop, please complete the Program Interest Form to the right.
“The Young Voices for the Planet Curriculum is the golden key that gives children the opportunity to engage on three primary levels: through motivation, creativity and cognition. This program will enhance equitable learning opportunities for all students through its emphasis on democracy-in-action.”
— Michelle Martoni —
New Paltz Central School District Educational Programs Office Deputy Superintendent
FUNDED BY THE HEINZ ENDOWMENTS
In 2019, Young Voices for the Planet hosted a series of Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshops throughout greater Pittsburgh and Western PA. Thanks to generous funding from The Heinz Endowments and support from Garden Club of Allegheny County, these day-long professional development courses welcomed formal and informal educators of all grade levels and subjects areas to explore ways to empower and inspire their students in the face of climate change and other environmental concerns.
Each workshop was led by a professional facilitator who, with author/illustrator/filmmaker and YVFP founder, Lynne Cherry, engaged teachers in discussions and break-out sessions, screened the Young Voices for the Planet films, presented the Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum and gave a presentation about the pedagogy of teaching with hope and success stories.
The workshops also gave a brief background of democracy in the U.S. — the history of public participation and civic engagement. They explored the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and how citizens can change norms and laws. Using the Young Voices for the Planet films as examples, they showed how young people, even those who may be too young to vote, can change minds, change laws and change society.
Credits: Keith Parish, Cameraman; Editor: Beth Ebisch, Editor