PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & DEMOCRACY EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

NYS MID-HUDSON TEACHER CENTER’S ONLINE COURSE

THIS COURSE TOOK PLACE APRIL 20, 27 & MAY 4, 2020. PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO LEARN ABOUT OUR NEXT ENROLLMENT.

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 Young Voices for the Planet Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshops series conducted in Greater Pittsburgh in 2019, generously funded by The Heinz Endowments with support from the Garden Club of Allegheny County.

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 young 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 for 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.

COURSE DETAILS 

  • 1st Cohort: April 20, 27th and May 4, 2020 from 7-9pm EST
  • 3 Synchronous 2-hr trainings over Zoom video conferencing
  • Facilitated by a master teacher
  • Space for 15 people, to encourage dialogue & collaboration
  • Stay-tuned for registration details

NYS Mid-Hudson Teacher Center Online Professional Development Course: Young Voices For the Planet - An ACTIONable Framework for Teaching Civic Engagement

COURSE  HIGHLIGHTS

THE CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY FOUNDATION SUMMER INSTITUTE – NOW ONLINE

*** THE SUMMER INSTITUTE IS NOW OPEN TO EDUCATORS NATIONWIDE ***
JULY 8-10 — LONE STAR COLLEGE, KINGWOOD, TX
JULY 13-16 — MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE, PURCHASE, NY
JULY 14-16 — UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CLEAR LAKE, TX
AUGUST 4-6 — CUNY SCHOOL OF LAW, L.I. CITY, NY

Please note: Due to Covid-19, the Summer Institute Sessions will be held online instead of in-person. To be kept informed, please signup for CELF’s newsletter. Or, email victoria@celfeducation.org for information.

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.

INSTITUTE  HIGHLIGHTS

  • Civic Science: Engage your students as environmental health researchers by connecting real world issues while supporting student learning from inquiry to action
  • Social Justice: Learn about modes of change and legislative processes while developing action plans to share with community leaders
  • Environmental Literacy: Connect sustainability concepts to Next Generation Science Standards and 3D STEM learning framework
  • Local relevance: Guiding teachers in place-based projects
  • Curricular connections: Tying together your school and district initiatives into a unified approach to curricula

Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation - Summer Institute 2020 - New York & Texas

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MODEL

  • Big Ideas of Sustainability: A learning lens for an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, campus and community
  • Place, Problem and Project-based Learning: Engage students in real-world problem solving to create relevant and purposeful curriculum units while meeting academic standards
  • Three E’s of Sustainability: Connect learning to relevant environment, equity and economic issues

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & DEMOCRACY EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS — NOW ONLINE

OVERVIEW

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 a workshop series we conducted in Greater Pittsburgh in 2019, made possible through funding from the  The Heinz Endowments with 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.

VIEW THE WORKSHOP TRAILER

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about YVFP’s theory of change and approach to youth empowerment.
  • Consider psychology and social science when teaching troubling environmental issues.
  • Learn how to overcome students’ “motivated avoidance” when faced with troubling issues.
  • Learn how to use the A.C.T.I.O.N. plan framework.
  • Guide students in creating their own A.C.T.I.O.N. PLAN to address local issues they care about.
  • Examine the YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum and associated standards through the lens of your current teaching assignment.
  • Help students overcome doom and gloom, be energized by hope for the future, and gain tools for civic action on local to global issues.
  • Help your students develop self-efficacy.

TESTIMONIALS

FROM ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS & PARENTS

ADMINISTRATOR TESTIMONIAL

“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

PAST EVENTS

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & DEMOCRACY EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & DEMOCRACY EDUCATOR WORKSHOP SERIES IN GREATER PITTSBURGH, PA

FUNDED BY THE HEINZ ENDOWMENTS &
GARDEN CLUB OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY

In 2019, Young Voices for the Planet hosted a series of four Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshops throughout greater Pittsburgh and Western PA. Thanks to generous funding from The Heinz Endowments and support from the 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 YVFP Founder/Director/Filmmaker, 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.

Garden Club of Allegheny County Logo

Credits: Keith Parish, Cameraman; Editor: Beth Ebisch, Editor

PILOT WORKSHOP SERIES

LA ROCHE COLLEGE
January 27, 2019

YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop at La Roche College, PA

Flyer for YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop - La Roche College, PA

CAMP LUTHERLYN
March 9, 2019

YVVP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop at Lutherlyn, PA

Flyer for YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop at Camp Lutherlyn, PA

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY
April 28, 2019

YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop - Phipps, PA

YVFP Civic Engagement & Democracy Educator Workshop - Phipps Conservatory, April 28, 2019

PITTSBURGH BOTANIC GARDEN
June 26, 2019

Flyer Image for YVFP Workshop Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens

PILOT WORKSHOP PRESS

YVFP Press: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE
February 15, 2019
Kids, Teach Your Teachers Well About Environmental Awareness
by John Hayes

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YVFP_Press_Parentology

PARENTOLOGY
August 12, 2019
Climate Change Activist: Jaysa Mellers Proves Words Have Power
by Bekah Wright

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YVFP Press: Next Pittsburgh, Heinz Grant

NEXT PITTSBURGH
June 21, 2019
Young Voices for the Planet is Making a Lot More Noise With $90,000 Heinz Endowments Grant by Kristy Locklin

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YVFP Press: Neighborhood Voices

NEIGHBORHOOD VOICES
August 27, 2019
In Studio Pop-Up: Young Voices for the Planet
Interview with slbradio

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