A year-long program to deepen your practice and advance education for climate action

Begins August 13–15, 2024

The Climate Resiliency Fellowship is a year-long professional learning opportunity for teachers in the northeast committed to learning, teaching, and taking action for the climate through interdisciplinary and place-based approaches. We choose to engage with the realities of climate change with hope and justice, while tending to individual and collective well-being.

We’ll work together to create authentic educational experiences informed by the needs and interests of our unique communities. During our seasonal in-person and virtual gatherings, our learning cohort will explore climate change education through dialogue, practice, and solutions-based approaches.

Applications are Closed

Applications for 2024–25 are now closed. Please check back for future offerings.

What to Expect

  • Strengthen your confidence in teaching about climate change through research-based instructional practices 
  • Develop skills for building youth voice and for working in partnership with students for climate solutions
  • Center relationships across diverse groups in your community as a source of strength and creativity in planning for climate action
  • Professional learning rooted in right relationship to land, community, and self
  • Space to nourish well-being, hope, and justice within climate change education

The details

  • The fellowship is offered at no cost to participants. Three graduate credits are available through Vermont State University for an additional fee.
  • Educators working with students in any discipline in grades 5–12 are welcome to apply. A background in climate science or climate change education is not required.
  • You'll have ample space and opportunities for personalized learning and professional networking.

What Participants Say

This fellowship has re-energized and re-focused my attention on climate change…It has deepened my commitment to inspire my students to take action.

S'ra Desantis
Teacher, Williston, Vermont
  • Courtney Ley

    Connect with fellow educators working toward a more just, sustainable future.

  • Courtney Ley

    Build a peer network with colleagues from around the northeast.

  • Bear Cieri

    Two virtual check-ins in the winter keep the cohort engaged with each other and offer continued support as teachers apply learning to practice and implement projects with students.

  • Andrea Estey

    A majority of the summer gathering is spent outdoors in our forest and farm lands bordering Lake Champlain here at Shelburne Farms along with local food, beautiful scenery, engaging company, and time for restorative practices.

  • Bear Cieri

    Teacher participants reflect and grow their practice with climate change education throughout the school year. 

Gathering Dates

We gather seasonally throughout the year in various locations across the northeast, beginning with a summer gathering at Shelburne Farms.

The 2024–25 gathering dates are:

  • Summer Kick-Off: Tuesday, August 13–Thursday, August 15, 2024
  • Fall Gathering: Friday, October 11–Saturday, October 12, 2024
  • Winter Virtual Gathering: Friday, January 17, 2025
  • March Interstitial Cohort Calls
  • Spring 2025 Gathering: Thursday, May 15–Friday, May 16, 2025

Meet the Facilitators

You'll be supported throughout the year by the cohort of educators, Northeast Climate Change Education Collaborative partners, and these facilitators.

Create Your Learning Pathway

You may also be interested in these year-long programs, which have an emphasis on education to inspire climate action:

Education for Sustainability is an approach that empowers students to strive for, and thrive in, a more sustainable future, learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action so students can create positive change now and carry this activism into their adult lives. To grow your knowledge, take our series of three EFS-focused courses:

  1. First, Foundations in EFS;
  2. Second, Immersion in EFS; and
  3. EFS Leadership Academy third.

Or, take all of these classes within the Education for Sustainability Graduate Certificate.

Start a conversation with professional learning facilitator Aimee Arandia Østensen at aostensen@shelburnefarms.org to talk about our programs and available graduate credits. Or, complete our request for information form and someone will be in touch.