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Education for Sustainability-Philly
Teacher Leadership Program Highlights
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, these educators presented at the GreenFutures and Education for Sustainability-Philly Symposium, sharing the exciting units/projects they and their students had 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 art 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. See some pictures from the June 9th Green Futures and Education for Sustainability-Philly Symposium here!
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 – Somi (Sridevi) Somireddy
Sridevi Somireddy (Dunddumalla) has a master’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from India. Growing up in India, she saw education as a path towards success. Somi’s school teachers expressed the importance of education in breaking cycles of poverty and disprivilege, highlighting the United States of America as a beacon of hope with its world-class education. Recognizing how education has shaped her as a person, Somi became a mathematics teacher in India with the hopes of offering not only instruction in the classroom but also guidance through life to her students. After giving birth to her first daughter, Somi pursued a teaching position with The Philadelphia School District.
Over the past eighteen years, Somi watched herself and her family grow in their new country. Adapting western ideals, they embraced new people and new ideas. Somi’s teaching style changed from the methodical approach she used in India to a more creative and investigative approach, instilling her core belief that education is a path towards success.
After seeing the importance of project based learning and a multidisciplinary teaching style, Somi felt the need for her students to develop creative and problem-solving skills to become lifelong learners. She implemented EFS teaching strategies in her classroom by bringing sustainability and mathematics together to give a more holistic approach to education that helps students recognize the importance of math in creating a better future.
At her current school, Mastbaum, Somi teaches mathematics and is the mathematics department head. Somi believes that teaching is an ever-changing profession that constantly adapts to new generations, technologies, and resources. As department head, she works hard to strategize with other teachers the best way to address all student needs. She believes that teaching cannot be confined to one approach. She encourages teachers to make their classrooms exciting by experimenting with different approaches and openly share what worked and what might not have worked to learn from both successes and failures.
Somi is most excited about the adaptive nature of teaching. Technology in the classrooms twenty years ago was seen as a privilege but now it becomes almost a necessity. Moving forward, Somi hopes to educate other teachers on the constantly changing process of teaching and learning and to help bring EFS standards more prominence in classrooms across the math curriculum.