NYC Summer Institute


Each summer, The Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers CollegeColumbia University, and NYC Public Schools Office of Sustainability partner to present the NYC Summer Institute: Integrating Climate Education in NYC Public Schools.

A vital part of LEAP’s education programming, the NYC Summer Institute constitutes 4-5 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.

Each Summer Institute cohort then presents the results of their climate lesson plan pilots in a final showcase event at Teachers College. Cohorts represents all five boroughs, and presentations will provide insights into bringing climate change education to the diversity of students in New York City. 

The NYC Summer Institute is free. 
Participants receive a stipend, and may earn up to 28 CTLE credits.

Read about the 2023 Summer Institute.

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 NYC 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.