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Education for Sustainability-Philly
Every month throughout the 2017-18 school year, starting in August….14 School District of Philadelphia teachers and 3 Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) faculty came together in an effort to support the School District’s GreenFutures Sustainability Plan. These educators worked all year long on finding connections in their discipline’s scope and sequence where they could integrate topics of sustainability as well as Education for Sustainability standards and performance indicators. Facilitated by project PI Victor Donnay and Co-PIs Margaret Stephens (CCP), and Paul Morgan (West Chester University), the teachers developed place-based Units, connecting their students to their communities in actions that modeled what their students are learning about sustainability and education for sustainability. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, educators are encouraged to join us at the GreenFutures and Education for Sustainability-Philly Symposium to see some of the amazing projects teachers and students have done throughout the school year. In the picture gallery on the right you can see some pictures of a project developed by Cheryl Henry, art teacher at Lincoln High School. Dr. Henry’s PA art standards required her to teach her students about form and function, design elements and media. She turned this study into one in which her “Da Vinci Team” not only learned about and practiced these are standards, but incorporated learning about biological systems, particularly in relationship to Panamanian Tree Frogs, how global sustainability issues impact local issues, and how service to the community can engender pride and empowerment in students in addition to the development of skills and knowledge.
In addition to teachers engaging students in meaningful learning, sustainability community stakeholders were invited to be part of this project as both resources to teachers and in order to get support from teachers to fulfill their missions. In May, 25 of these stakeholders came together to learn about and share ideas on how they could more intentionally incorporate Education for Sustainability standards into the work that they do with communities in the Phila. area. Sustainability Ecosystem stakeholders provide a wealth of support to classroom teachers by providing workforce development speakers, materials, student internships, resources for parents, etc. 12 of these sustainability ecosystem members will also be available to share resources at the GreenFutures and Education for Sustainability-Philly Symposium.
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Spotlight on Scholars
Featured Scholar – Joji Thompson
Joji Thompson attended Drexel University and graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering. During his undergraduate study, he was recruited into the school of education, and after graduating, with the financial support of the Noyce scholarship, was able to get his MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching.
Feeling undereducated by the schools he attended as a child, Joji went to college feeling very behind his peers. He felt that he had not been prepared for college or the real world. He wanted to go into high needs education and provide for students the things he felt were not available to him as a student. He wanted his students to go into college with skills and concepts that would be required of them.
At his current school, Camden Promise Charter, Joji teaches physics and mathematics. In addition to this, he runs a robotics and computer engineering club after school. At this club, he teaches students real life skills that would prepare them to be successful at either a job or in college. His students learn how to be a basic electronic’s technician and how to build basic electronic devices. For instance, one of the projects he has his students do is repair headphones. Each year, he purchases a large amount of broken headphones and gives these to his students, teaches them the circuitry involved in headphones and then has them repair them (and they get to keep them!). His students also design their own flash lights (or light up gear), their own phone chargers, police sirens, and many other things.
One of Joji’s passions as a teacher is updating the math and engineering curriculum to reflect the kinds of skills students need in a digital world. He believes the current information that students learn is not preparing them for the issues or jobs they will deal with in our more technical society. His teaching goal is to be able to incorporate his engineering curriculum into a high school such that his students would have a course that would be hands-on, inquiry based, provide real world skills and solutions, and better prepare students for college. He dreams of working in a school environment that allows and supports this.