January 12, 2019

Become an EF Educator

Interested in education that inspires a lifetime of problem solving?

We offer a practical, tested, and scalable framework that informal and formal educators can employ to meet both their curricular needs and foster authentic student engagement.

Earth Force Educators Guide

The Community Action and Problem Solving Process is an award winning six-step model that gives you the framework to guide young people from environmental awareness and scientific inquiry to civic action for sustainable change while building community and honing leadership and civic skills. The Educators Guide provides a framework for project-based teaching and learning that can be readily adapted to any age group or topic area, as well as to a range of timeframes for working with students.

The Guide lays out a series of six steps that, taken in sequence, will lead you and your students to a civic action project that meets a real community environmental need, is of interest to them, aligns with your curricular goals, and is feasible to conduct. The tasks, decisions, and products of each step prepare you and your students for the following step’s tasks. Educators across the country use the Guide to transform their science, engineering, math, and humanities classes into exciting, student-led laboratories.

For information on integrating theCommunity Action and Problem Solving Process into your classroom contact us at earthforce@earthforce.org.

Professional Development

Our professional development focuses on our Community Action and Problem Solving Process, a six-step model that combines the best of civic engagement, environmental education, and STEM. Through a mix of in-person and online workshops, professional development attendees gain the skills necessary to facilitate a group of youth as they explore the root causes of a problem, identify barriers to solving the problem, and design and implement a project that addresses the root cause.

Professional development sessions range from half-day trainings to multiple day workshops. Each experience is customized to state standards and content. Educators receive a copy of our Educators Guide, Tips Cards, and one-on-one or small group follow up from certified trainers at least three times a year. These follow up sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the individual educator.

Earth Force Resources

The Earth Force Resources website is an ever growing online educator support resources. Here you will find videos on each step of the Process to reinforce what you learned in professional development, activities and templates to use with your students for each of the steps, informational resources on each of the elements of the Process, and additional resources on environmental topics commonly studied in middle school. We are constantly adding new resources to the website so check frequently for new information. If you don’t find what you need, let us know. We also invite and encourage you to share your favorite resources with us as well.

To learn more, contact us at earthforce@earthforce.org.