Professional Development & Workshops

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Short-term professional development programs are available to K-12 educators and administrators who are interested in educating for sustainability. Sessions can be customized to fit your needs and can be delivered on-site, in conference centers, or in our office in Santa Fe.


We offer a range of workshops that vary from 1 day to 5 days in length. For upcoming workshops dates and registration information, please sign up for our newsletter or check back again soon. Contact us if you would like to schedule a workshop series for your school or organization.

Summer Teacher Institute in Sustainability Education and Service Learning

Earth Care’s annual Teacher Summer Institute in Sustainability Education is designed to teach the thinking, content, and pedagogy necessary to begin implementing Sustainability Education in your classroom and connect it to the world through service-learning. In this one-year Institute we will explore the connections among economics, community, culture, and the environment in a way that draws from teachers’ passion and empowers young people to create change in their community. Building on existing expertise and teaching styles, the Institute will supports teachers in developing concrete ideas for extending and deepening content and implementing service-learning methodologies to connect the classroom to community. The program provides teachers with on-going support to implement Sustainability Education throughout the school year. The Teacher Summer Institute is open to all Santa Fe K-12 teachers with at least 2-3 years classroom experience. Teachers of grades 8-12 and teams from schools are given first priority. Earth Care is not currently able to offer the Summer Teacher Institute. Check back in the near future as we will hold it again as funding becomes available.

Learning for Sustainability

This experiential workshop highlights strategies and activities for teaching the fundamental concepts and practices of sustainability and explores the shift in thinking the sustainability paradigm requires. Using the EcoSchools framework of [workshop can be tailed to various EcoSchools Pathways: Food Systems, Waste, Energy, Water, etc] we will develop essential questions, map community assets, conduct an school environmental audit, examine sustainable case studies, facilitate a community visioning process, and plan for action. Teachers will leave with a broad and deep understanding of the connections among economics, community, culture, and the environment needed to educate for sustainability.

Educating for Sustainability

Sustainability Education is a dynamic system of relevant content, competencies, and habits of mind coupled with a pedagogical system that is learner centered and inquiry based (just two of the instructional attributes that characterize it). This workshop introduces teachers to a framework for educating for sustainability that includes curriculum, pedagogy, facilities, and school vision and culture. Teachers will be inspired by examples of teacher-developed units and student work, classroom projects and models of whole-school initiatives from around the country.

Whole systems thinking & design: Problem solving in the 21st century

Participants will learn the basic concepts of sustainability—Economy, Society, Culture, and Ecology—and explore the shift in thinking the sustainability paradigm requires. Participants will improve their understanding regarding the connections among economics, community, culture, and the environment and contextualize each within the larger systems of society and the ecosystem.

Curriculum Coaching

Bring a lesson plan or unit to work on integrating sustainability into your curriculum. We will use a blend of peer coaching, collective sharing and a think tank to exchange what we know works. Take back new and practical ways to work with your students in educating for sustainability.

Student Leadership & Empowerment

Rarely does the latest content hook, educational trend, or new initiative keep students engaged in learning unless it is built on a foundation of an authentic relationship between teacher, curriculum, school culture and the student. This workshop will explore how to authentically engage students in their learning in a way that has them experience themselves as valued decision-makers and contributors in their community. We will explore best practices from the field of positive youth development and hear directly from students to inform the design of a learner-centered classroom that enables young people to achieve their fullest potential.


Service-learning is a methodology for realizing real-world experience in schools and the community that allows students to see practical applications of their academic studies while developing their leadership and citizenship skills. Using the EcoSchools framework as an example, this workshop focuses on the nuts and bolts teachers need to start sustainability focused service-learning in the classroom. Topics include: setting the context for project work, project development, meaningful service experience, reflection, assessing SL, building community partnerships, media, and funding.

Place-based Learning

Place-based education, similar to service-learning, seeks to help communities through employing students and school staff in solving community problems. In this workshop teachers will learn how to use students’ local community as one of the primary resources for learning, grounding in the history, culture and ecology of their surrounding environment before moving on to broader subjects. Teachers will explore how to build students’ “sense of place,” whether that place is their schoolyard, neighborhood, town or community, essential to cultivating caring and responsibility for one’s community.

More Workshops Coming Soon!

Authentic Assessments

School Food: Training and support for school gardens, kitchens and healthy meal programs.