Our teachers are the link between theory and action in our classrooms. We can hope for behavioral change with our students, but without lessons and hands-on experiences in the classroom, those behaviors don't become second nature. Here are some options for professional development in the Education for Sustainability field.


Annual Sustainability Initiative Trainings

Previously only offered to sustainability coordinators, the trainings are now open to anyone on the school green team. This includes coordinators, principals, teachers, staff, custodian engineers, or parent volunteers. 


After School Professional Development Program

All teachers are eligible to take "P" In-Service courses from the New York City After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). In-Service courses offer teachers high-quality, convenient, low-cost alternatives to college courses that may be applied toward salary differentials and New York State professional development requirements. Courses are designed to improve student achievement through the professional development of teachers. Many of our partners offer courses through the ASPDP.  

Travel Opportunities for Teachers

Get out the classroom and learn about cutting edge research and conservation efforts, develop professional skills and make a difference for the environment. A diverse selection of travel and learning opportunities for educators – both within the U.S and abroad is currently availble.
  • Student and teacher centered environmental education and development. These programs are available in Alaska, Hawaii and the Rockies through Earth Explore Foundation.
  • Ecology Project International offers five programs in four virtually important conservation regions: Costa Rica where the focus is on turtles; Mexico -whales and islands; Galopagos- ecology and Yellowstone- wildfire.
  • SEE Turtles is a non-profit conservation project that helps teachers arrange participatory field trips to volunteer at nesting beaches for the giant leatherback turtle in Costa Rica or help with in-water turtle research studies in Baja, Mexico.
  • Fund for Teachers provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences.Fund for teachers provides Pk-12 teachers with up to $5,000 per $10,000 per team to support professional development activities during summer breaks.  
  • This fellowship program from the Ocean Exploration Trust immerses formal and non-formal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration - specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) - to a global audience
  • Join Steve Spangler for a once in a lifetime experience as you explore Alaska’s inside passage. The Science at Sea experience sets sail from Vancouver on a journey to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Ketchikan. It includes customized excursions, on-board lectures and access to award-winning naturalists.