Center for Environmental Literacy 2019 Summer CO-LAB

Date & Time:
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9 a.m. to Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 5 p.m.
Filippi Academic Hall, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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River of Words and Saint Mary’s College would like to invite you to the Center for Environmental Literacy 2019 Summer CO-LAB, hosted by Director, Luz Casquejo Johnston.

This 3-day CO-LAB's aim is to enhance environmental literacy and student-directed learning in the classroom.

For the first two days, collaborators from TIDES (Transformative Inquiry Design for Effective Schools and System) will lead participants in a discussion of innovative curriculums and introduce a strategy called Inquiry Design. Inquiry Design is a type of project-based learning that engages the learner as the co-creation of knowledge and the teacher is a facilitator of knowledge rather than a lecturer. This strategy can be applied any grade and encourages cross-disciplinary learning.  

On June 28th, participants will be given the tools and space they need to build a new inquiry-design unit of study on STEAM. Art and poetry consultants as well as experts on River of Words’ Watershed Explorer Curriculum will be available to provide direction and assistance.

This is a free event for professionals in the field of education. Participants will be provided with room and board at SMC in Moraga, CA, and limited travel stipends are available. Space is limited to 15 participants. Applications will be due Monday, June 17th.

How to Apply

To apply, send an email to with the heading "2019 CEL Summer CO-Lab." Attach to that email a 1-2 page cover letter, in a commonly used document format (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt).

In that cover letter, please tell us...

  • How long you have been teaching, where you teach, what grade(s) and subject(s) you teach
  • How you plan to incorporate River of Words’ Watershed Explorer Curriculum or STEAM lessons in your classroom.
  • How your participation in the CEL Summer CO-LAB will impact in your school and community

If you would like to attach additional materials, such as photos or examples or previous STEAM lessons you have implemented in your classroom or school, you are welcome to do so. 

Please note that we can unfortunately not accept nominations of teachers outside the U.S. at this time.

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