Teaching Our Cities: The Project

Teaching Our Cities is rooted in the belief that schools learn best from other schools -- that, working together with peer educators, we can create urban public high schools that help our students grow into powerful environmental leaders and successful college students. 

We are putting this belief to the test. In 2015-16, Teaching Our Cities brought together educators from urban public high schools across the region and the country for a series of day-long Learning Exchanges — on topics from City Math to Student Projects for Social Justice.

In fall 2016, six urban environmental public high schools across the Northeast United States launched a year-long collaboration – building our capacity to mobilize the urban environment as a learning laboratory, create urban public schools that are responsive to our cities, and grow a new, more diverse generation of environmental and community leaders. These six schools will build a community of practice – supporting each other as we build our schools’ capacity, and as we document and share our school’s practices.

Between September 2016 and December 2017, each Teaching Our Cities partner schools will:

  • Create a team of 4-8 individuals – teachers, school leaders, students, community partners and other stakeholders – who will lead the school’s participation in the project.
  • Plan and execute a year-long capacity-building project – focused on a tackling a significant challenge facing your school, directly related to your school’s urban environmental theme or mission.
  • Identify and document effective practices related to teaching the urban environment and growing a new generation of environmental leaders – creating videos, curricular tools, blog-style reflections, and practice descriptions to be shared on the Teaching Our Cities web platform.
  • Join in six day-long, face-to face learning exchanges, each one hosted by a different partner school.
  • Share lessons learned and practices documented through Teaching Our Cities with other schools and educators.