Teaching For Sustainable Communities:

Summer Institute for Educators, July 24-28

@ Environmental Technology Center, Sonoma State University

Enrollment is full for the 2017 Summer Institute, but you can still register for Better Together on the 28th!

California International Studies Project's Signature Program


Participants will collaborate with academics and professionals to develop content-knowledge of sustainability. They will learn how to develop students’ global competence and eco-literacy through the design of a “Sustainable Communities Action Project.” Teachers will engage with design thinking and other pedagogies that address equity, inspire authentic, context-relevant learning and develop active citizens.

Teachers commit to participating in a local showcase with their students; options include attending one of several identified local showcases/youth summits, or collaborating to design their own. In addition to learning and collaborating with academics and community professionals, teachers will have planning time to design and align their project with curriculum and standards.

Are you curious about how to teach social, environmental and economic sustainability through a standards-aligned action project?


  • Authentically develop content knowledge about social, ecological and economic sustainability
  • Learn to use action-oriented pedagogies to design lesson plans and an action project that prepares your students to see themselves as active global citizens
  • Participate in a professional learning community that is committed to the development of the next generation of ecoliterate global citizens


June-July (3-5 hours): Online orientation - Independently explore curated readings, videos and web resources.

July 24-27th, Teaching for Sustainable Communities: CISP Summer Institute for Educators

  • Design a sustainable communities action project plan for your school site.
  • Collaborate with teachers, university faculty, sustainability professionals, community leaders and student representatives to ideate, develop, and create lesson plans for a year-long student project.

July 28th: Optional Leadership Practicum

    • Join forces with the World Savvy facilitators to share your learning and practice your Design Thinking skills with the California Teacher's Summit participants, in an afternoon workshop.

Fall 2017-2018: Fieldwork Training and Professional Learning Community: California International Studies Project (CISP) will offer training and support for teachers via fieldwork placements, webinars, salons, collecting and documenting student and teacher reflections that relate to developing global competence and ecoliteracy.

Fall 2017-2018: Sustainable Communities Action Project : The Sustainable Communities Action Project is a collaborative effort to learn about and sustain life on the planet; students develop a solution aimed to advance the sustainability of our local and, by extension, our global community. Teachers will design the framing of a SCAP during the 4-day Summer Institute, and implement the SCAP with their students over the course of the 2017-2018 school year.

Spring 2018: Project Showcase with Students, 1 day, various locations: Students and teachers present their action projects at local showcases.

We will tailor content, case studies, and resources to you and your student’s needs, to best support equity and engagement for youth from vulnerable populations and families. Responses from the applications we receive will inform the course materials to match the interests and goals of the participants.



1. Minimum of 1 year teaching in the school you will return to Fall 2017.

2. Curiosity about global competence, ecoliteracy, and pedagogies that invite active citizenship

3. Motivation and availability to dedicate the time needed for ongoing transformative professional learning, including self-reflection and communication that goes beyond the walls of your classroom.


A $500 stipend is available for participants who complete the project deliverables. An additional stipend is available for teachers who participate in the Optional Leadership Practicum Space is limited: Applications are due by April 30, 2017 Apply Here!