Green Ambassadors Institute 2016-17
$15 – $50
Green Ambassadors Institute 2016-17

Green Ambassadors Institute 2016-17

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Environmental Charter High School

16315 Grevillea Avenue

Lawndale, CA 90260

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Join us for this year's Green Ambassadors Institute.

Dates: Oct 3, 2016 - Feb 25, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Green Ambassadors Institute 2016-17. 'Research in Action:' A 3-part professional development series on incorporating real-world environmental sustainability issues in your curriculum.


[Icons] Connect to research being conducted by LA’s leading environmental organizations // Get localized content knowledge you can use in any classroom // Leave with tools to help your students drive relevant solutions of their own

The Green Ambassadors Institute — the learning lab and professional development incubator of Environmental Charter Schools — invites K-12 educators, university partners, community leaders and policymakers to join us for three daylong summits that explore best practices in environmental education, service learning and urban sustainability.

Through workshops, hands-on field trips and community partner collaboration, educators and community leaders from across Southern California will co-create youth-led environmental sustainability solutions throughout the year. Read about last year's Green Ambassadors Institute.

Educators in formal and informal settings, as well as community partners, are encouraged to attend all 3 summit dates for 2016-17. Sub costs will be reimbursed for K-12 classroom teachers. Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to support an environmental service learning project with students.

Experience our living campuses, engage in collaborative curriculum planning, explore relevant environmental issues across Los Angeles and walk away with partnerships and tools to take back to your colleagues!

Bring a team! Groups of 3 or more from a school/organization will receive a discounted flat rate registration.

Sign up today. Click Register above.

[Date] Oct 3, 2016 Research in Action: Tools for Changemaking

MONDAY OCTOBER 3, 2016 [PAST EVENT]
8:00am - 3:00pm, networking event to follow

Environmental Charter High School | 16315 Grevillea Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260 | Driving directions
Learn from workshops and community partner collaboration. Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to implement an environmental service learning project with students. Proposals due Oct 30, 2016. Sub costs reimbursed for K-12 classroom teachers.

[Date] Feb 25, 2017 Field Trips: Los Angeles as a Learning Lab

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Various Locations
Explore and gather data as we sail, bike or walk Los Angeles.

SET SAIL ON THE PACIFIC TO EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF PLASTIC POLLUTION IN OUR OCEAN
with 5 Gyres and Los Angeles Maritime Institute


RIDE BIKES THROUGH LA'S STREETS TO IMAGINE THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

STROLL THROUGH DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES TO EXPLORE THE CITY AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY
with Los Angeles Conservancy

[Date] May 6, 2017 Service Learning Showcase

SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm, networking event to follow

Environmental Charter High School
See how students and educators researched environmental issues in LA and took action.

LOCATION

Environmental Charter High School (unless otherwise noted)

16315 Grevillea Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

QUESTIONS?

Contact Sammy Lyon sammy_lyon@ecsonline.org.

[Logo] A Program of Environmental Charter Schools


Green Ambassadors Institute is the learning lab of Environmental Charter Schools, offering professional development for educators and organizations looking to implement hands-on sustainable education.


MONDAY OCTOBER 3, 2016 [PAST EVENT]
8:00am - 3:00pm, networking event to follow
Environmental Charter High School | 16315 Grevillea Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260 | Driving directions
Learn from workshops and community partner collaboration. Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to implement an environmental service learning project with students. Sub costs reimbursed for K-12 classroom teachers.

KEYNOTE [PAST EVENT]

FLORIDALMA BOJ LOPEZ
Floridalma is Maya K’iche’ and traces her family’s migration from Quetzaltenango (Xela), to Guatemala City and South Central Los Angeles. She is currently a doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and member of the Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative. She will share how educators and students can engage in relevant community-based research to inform youth-led environmental action.

SCHEDULE [PAST EVENT]

8:00-8:30am Breakfast + Registration

8:30-9:30am Keynote speaker: Floridalma Boj Lopez

9:45-10:45am Workshops Session 1

11:00am-12:00pm Workshops Session 2

12:00-1:00pm Lunch + Student-Led Campus Tour

1:00-2:40pm Community Partner Collaboration

2:45-3:00pm Closing + Appreciations + Evaluation Raffle

3:00-5:00pm Networking Event at Flights

WORKSHOPS [PAST EVENT]

[Workshops Session 1: 9:45am-10:45am]

MARINA PANDO STUDENT-LED RESEARCH GALLERY WALK

Floridalma Boj Lopez, Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative [Room 130]

Follow up with keynote speaker Floridalma Boj Lopez and see hands-on environmental research presented by students in the latest cohort of the Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative, a program of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.

FROM GARBAGE ISLANDS TO POISONOUS PLASTICS: DISPELLING MYTHS AND CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHIER OCEANS & COMMUNITIES

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff & Steph Whyte, 5 Gyres Institute [Room 134]

If you recycle that plastic bottle, it’s okay—right? Not so fast. The amount of plastic we use has overwhelmed our ability to deal with it, and toxic chemicals like BPA, phthalates and flame retardants in plastic affect our health. Join 5 Gyres to examine the impacts of, and solutions to, the plastic pollution problem—from that mythical “Texas-sized trash island” in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to the ways that teachers and students can get involved to jumpstart change. [Featured field trip: Sail with LAMI & 5 Gyres on Feb 25]

COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION

Vicente Perez, Samueli Academy [Room 131]

Making a link between STEM content and its use in the community has always been a challenge for many instructors because of resources. How can teachers tap into issues of concern in their local community? How can teachers raise student awareness of issues in their community by collecting data? How can teachers have students use their science/math research to impact their community? During this workshop teachers will learn how to inspire young minds to use data collection to create a testable research project in their community.

MAKING DATA BEAUTIFUL: INSPIRING CREATIVITY AND DEVELOPING ANALYTICAL SKILLS BY CREATING INFOGRAPHICS WITH STUDENTS

Sophie Korn, Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena [Room 120]

You'll work together to create infographics by hand and explore digital tools you can use. Leave prepared with a lesson plan and resources to engage your students and/or constituents in the act of making information beautiful!

[Workshops Session 2: 11:00am-12:00pm]

ENGAGING GLOBAL SCIENCE ISSUES AT THE HYPERLOCAL LEVEL: YOUR SCHOOL AS A LIVING LABORATORY

Dr. Eric Strauss, Center for Urban Resilience at Loyola Marymount University [Room 130]

Urban ecology is the study of the built environment and how organisms interact with it, change it, and adapt to it. Research is a powerful tool to engage students in the real-world environmental issues children care about. Students can “do” real science and develop data and tools that can be used to change their world. Hear a few examples and learn some tools that you can use in your own classroom.

CHARTING YOUR CLASSROOM: USING NAVIGATION TO CHART THE WORLD OF MATH

Captain John Kraus, Los Angeles Maritime Institute [Room 134]

Use the navigation component of Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s STEM focused TopSail Youth Program to enhance students’ interests in mathematics and put math into a real-world setting. You’ll be introduced to the basics of navigation and dead reckoning by turning your classroom into a chart and learning to navigate through the room! Learn how to use a simple chart, dividers and parallel rulers to determine a course, find a current position, extrapolate a future position and understand the relationship between speed, distance and time. Extra activities will be introduced and some materials will be provided. [Featured field trip: Sail with LAMI & 5 Gyres on Feb 25]

PUBLIC POLICY AND LA’S TRANSPORTATION LANDSCAPE

Tamika L Butler, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition [Room 120]

How do communities engage in public policy? With Measure M on the November ballot there are opportunities for students and community members to help transform the urban landscape. Learn how an initiative gets on the ballot, how research informs (or doesn’t inform) public policy and how educators and students can engage with relevant public policy that has a tangible effect on Los Angeles’ transportation culture--before and after the election. [Featured field trip: Ride bikes with LA County Bicycle Coalition on Feb 25]

COMMUNITY PARTNER COLLABORATION

The 5 Gyres Institute // LMU Center for Urban Resilience // Los Angeles Maritime Institute // Los Angeles Conservancy // Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots // Generation Earth // TreePeople // Heal the Bay // West Basin Municipal Water District // South Bay Environmental Service Center // California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) // Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) // Moonwater Farm // Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion // Los Angeles County Arboretum // Tetra Tech // Newport Landing Whale Watching // Crystal Cove Alliance


FACILITATORS




  • Jessica Diaz

    Jessica Diaz

    Environmental Charter High School

    Teacher, Environmental Science

  • Ginnia Hargins

    Ginnia Hargins

    Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena

    Coordinator, English Language Development

  • Vanesa Iniguez

    Vanesa Iniguez

    Environmental Charter High School

    Student Intern, Green Ambassadors

  • Lindsey Jurca

    Lindsey Jurca

    Environmental Charter Schools

    Programs & Outreach

  • Sammy Lyon

    Sammy Lyon

    Environmental Charter Schools

    Environmental Service Learning Coordinator

  • Betsy Rivera

    Betsy Rivera

    Environmental Charter High School

    Teacher, Green Ambassadors

  • K.C. Villoria

    K.C. Villoria

    Environmental Charter High School

    Principal


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Lawndale, CA 90260

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