Professional Development

Summer Workshops

The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation will be hosting two Summer Institutes in July, and local Houston-Galveston teachers are encouraged to apply for scholarship opportunities connected to these two virtual learning events.

At these Summer Institutes, teachers will focus on creating versatile PBL-styled lessons for in-person and virtual learning environments. The goal this academic year is to consistently provide teachers with the supports they need to implement class/student projects with the purpose of showcasing student final products at the virtual Student Symposium in the spring of 2021.

Institute #1: Big Ideas of Sustainability

2 Weeks: July 7-9 and July 14-16


This six-day (15 hours CPE & 6 G/T) online institute will focus on Education for Sustainability: an interdisciplinary learning lens for integrating the Big Ideas of Sustainability into your curriculum, campus, and community.

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Non-formal Educators (Interdisciplinary PBL Focus) 

A limited number of scholarships are available:

Institute #2: Civic Science Inquiry to Action

2 Weeks: July 21-23 and July 28-30


This six-day (15 hours CPE & 6 G/T) online institute will enhance participants' understanding of project-based learning and place-based education, principles, and practices within the context of your school community modeling CELF’s Inquiry to Action Framework.

Audience: Teachers of Grades 5 - 12 (science, STREAM, health, social studies, civics, PBL)

A limited number of scholarships are available:

L.A.N.D.S. Outreach Teacher Workshops

Now that you're wrapping up the school year it's time to start thinking about your continuing education hours! Texas Wildlife Association has converted their summer workshops to a virtual format for this year! Workshops still provide 6 hours of CPE credit and include GT differentiations for all of the lessons. Virtual workshops will consist of a three-hour "live" Zoom portion and three hours of self directed work through Google Classroom. You can find a full schedule of the Zoom workshop portion at:

You are welcome to register for whichever live portion works best for you although we do recommend that you choose one with your local educator if possible. Contact Ali Kuehn if you have any questions about the workshop format.

More PD Opportunities

Artist Boat - Learn strategies to integrate art and science

Children's Museum of Houston -  Introduce students of all ages to fun and learning in new ways

Junior Master Gardener - Workshops and leader training for the JMG certification program

Texas Project Learning Tree - Workshops, online training, summer institute

Texas Project WILD - Teacher and facilitator workshops for Project Wild, Project Wild Aquatic, and Growing Up Wild

American Museum of Natural History: Seminars on Science - Online courses for educators

Educator Academy in the Amazon - Immersive training for educators

The GLOBE Program - Grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program - Hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists. Application published in the fall.

National Science Teachers Association - Live and archived web seminars and other learning opportunities through the Learning Center

National Wildlife Federation - Webinars and other environmental education resources from around the country

PolarTREC Educators - Spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists.

Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program - The TRT program provides a unique professional development experience by linking national park units with teachers from predominantly Title 1 school districts


  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002