Networking and alliances help teachers of environmental science in unique ways that are changing how teachers cope with scarce resources in new areas.
“Everyone always has questions about ECS,” said Butch Reffert, math teacher at Pittsburgh’s Environmental Charter School.
“We’re new and get a lot of publicity. Some people think our presence threatens Pittsburgh Public’s pool of potential students, but that’s not what good charter schools are about.
“We get to try new and innovative approaches to education, with the idea that we give back what works.”
A grassroots pool of Pittsburgh teachers and curriculum specialists have been connecting with one another on Twitter and in each others meeting spaces, bringing together ideas and resources. The unique thing about their collaboration is that they have stepped outside their own districts, sharing resources from urban and suburban schools.
“And really, it’s about time,” said Trisha Craig, director of curriculum for Fort Cherry School District.. “For so many years, everyone’s been living in their own district. Technology has made it so much easier to collaborate across those boundaries to share and spread each others strengths to the benefit of all our kids.”