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Bring Sustainability to Life in Your Classroom: Educator Professional Development Opportunities

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Bring Sustainability to Life in Your Classroom: Educator Professional Development Opportunities

Free Virtual Educator Workshops on Waste and Recycling

If you’ve ever wanted to start your students thinking about trash and recycling, but didn’t know where to begin, we have something for you. This FREE workshop will provide teachers with the resources, tools, and knowledge needed to bring sustainability related topics to the classroom, virtual or in-person.

This workshop, happening on Wednesday, February 3 from 6-8 p.m., will specifically focus on how to help students collect and analyze data at home or at school to help create a more sustainable world through the 8-Step Action Plan. We will also touch on best practices in recycling and composting.

In this workshop, teachers will:

  • Develop students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Help students plan, implement, and evaluate projects with real-world impacts.
  • Access cross-curricular, inquiry-based materials and lesson plans.
  • Get an understanding of what happens when we throw things “away.”
  • Build confidence in your own content knowledge.
  • Learn best practices to encourage environmental stewardship in students.

After attending this workshop, teachers in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County will be eligible to apply for one of four supply stipends worth $200 to help start a waste reduction project with your students. EarthWays Center staff will help support teachers through the development of their projects. Contact Maggie McCoy at with any questions.

Register here!

Clean Water Educator Workshop


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6 to 8 p.m.

Get started in building your knowledge and understanding of stormwater issues in our area at an upcoming virtual teacher workshop. This virtual workshop is designed to help facilitate teachers’ desire to learn more about stormwater management and water quality while discovering new ways to bring this topic back to their classroom.

During the workshop we will:

  • Discuss issues related to stormwater management and water quality such as non-point vs point source pollution, pollution impact, and best management practices for our community.
  • Review curriculum ideas that tie to state standards while still providing meaningful, engaging, and hands-on learning opportunities you can do with your students!
  • Train YOU on how to use the popular EnviroScape® watershed model; models are available for loan FREE from the MSD Clean Water Education program. Work with staff to learn how to present and use this model in your classroom, virtually or in-person.

Eligible Educators will receive a $75 stipend for completing Certification by attending this workshop and participating in the program. Educators must teach at a school located in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's service area to be eligible for stipend.

Register here!

Contact Maggie McCoy at with any questions. We hope to see you online!

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