2024 NYC Summer Institute

What if, in just one week, you could develop a better understanding of climate change,
become a more confident educator, build a network of wonderful colleagues from around New York City,
and return to your school with new ideas about how to engage students with climate change?

Integrating Climate Education in NYC Public Schools

The Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers CollegeColumbia University, and NYC Public Schools Office of Sustainability are partnering to present the 2024 Summer Institute: Integrating Climate Education in NYC Public Schools from July 15 – 19, 2024.

A vital part of LEAP’s education programming, the 2024 Summer Institute constitutes five full days of professional learning, bringing together faculty, doctoral students, expert teachers, and leaders from the NYC Department of Education to create a learning community that will explore, make sense of, and provide tangible support for incorporating climate change across different subject areas.

The 2024 Summer Institute is free. 
Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend, and may earn up to 28 CTLE credits.

Summer Institute Goals

As the need and demand grows for the integration of climate change education in schools, LEAP’s Summer Institute will help catalyze the preparation of middle school teachers** to develop and lead lessons aligned with standards- and place-based learning.

The goals of the 2024 Summer Institute are:

  • To develop new knowledge and understanding of climate change among teachers.
  • To empower teachers to engage their students with climate change across different subject areas, including: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, Arts, and Science.
  • To co-design innovative teaching materials about climate change in New York City.
  • To establish a learning community of teachers from different schools and neighborhoods.

** Subsequent Summer Institutes will focus on preparing high school teachers.
    Read about the 2023 Summer Institute for K-5 teachers HERE.

Application, Dates, and Other Details

Middle school teachers throughout NYC are eligible to apply to the 2024 Summer Institute.

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Decisions released by: April 8, 2024
  • Early decisions are available upon request


Questions? Please contact the Summer Institute team.

To request disability-related accommodations, please complete the Accommodations Request Form or contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) [phone: (212) 678-3689; video-phone: (646) 755-3144] as soon as possible.