Shelburne Farms' Climate Resiliency Fellowship

  • July 15, 2019

The Climate Resiliency Fellowship is a year-long professional learning opportunity for educators committed to learning and teaching about climate change through interdisciplinary and place-based approaches. Educators apply to attend as school teams of 2-4 educators and work together to design and implement interdisciplinary climate change education and service learning projects back at school. The Fellowship is primarily suited for educators working with students in grades 6-12.

Teams work together to create authentic service learning projects that are shaped by youth interest and voice. During our seasonal sessions and check-ins we use new lenses to explore climate change education through arts integration, STEM learning, and solutions-based approaches. Educator teams are supported throughout the year by the network of educators, program facilitators, and regional partners. This program kicks off in July 2019 with a summer gathering and culminates with a spring celebration in April 2020.

2019-2020 Fellowship:

Summer Gathering at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont : July 15-17, 2019

The summer gathering provides a variety of foundational content on climate change and climate change education accessible to teachers of all subjects presented through diverse pedagogy.  Educators who wish to delve deeper into specific learning areas can do so during choice sessions. The summer gathering emphasises hands-on learning and practice, time for reflection and integration, and planning sessions for teacher teams to share and work collaboratively on their action plan.  There will also be opportunities to spend time outdoors in the forest and farm land bordering Lake Champlain here at Shelburne Farms along with good food, music, and self care.

Off Site Regional Fall Gathering: November 8-9, 2019 (Location TBD)

The fall gathering builds on content knowledge and action plans created at the summer gathering with the opportunity for peer feedback.  

Winter Virtual Check In: January 2020

An online virtual check in occurs over the winter months to address emergent needs and questions and offer support in implementation of classroom lessons and service learning projects.  

Spring Culminating Gathering at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont: April 2020 (Date TBD by group)

A culminating spring gathering will be scheduled with the input of the participants for April 2020.  We will reconvene to celebrate our efforts and share our successes with climate change education and our service learning action projects.   

Course Goals:

Participating Teacher Teams will:

  • Build content knowledge, pedagogy practice, and collaboration for interdisciplinary climate change education in schools across Northern New England.
  • Plan and implement a climate action-focused service learning project involving student voice.
  • Participate in seasonal, in-person, and virtual gatherings held throughout 2019-2020.
  • Develop a community of learners that support, sustain, and advance the practices and pedagogies of climate change education.

Example Assignments may include:

  • Teacher Team Action Plan
  • Participate in Consultancy Protocol
  • Participate in Virtual Check In Discussion
  • Reflective Writing Pieces
  • Contribute to Collective Resources via Annotated Bibliography
  • Final Share Out and Presentation

Graduate Credit:

Available through Castleton University

Registration Details:

Each individual on a team must complete an application. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2019. Notification and registration for accepted teams begins in April, 2019.  Space is limited to 40 participants. 

For questions or inquiries about the Climate Resiliency Fellowship please contact Aimee Arandia Ă˜stensen, [email protected].



Climate Resiliency Fellowship - 2017-2018 from Courtney Ley Photography.

Event Location
1611 Harbor Rd
  • Shelburne
  • Vermont
Applications are due first
shelburne farms
Contact Name
Aimee Ostensen
Contact Email
[email protected]