Lead the way to a sustainable future.
As educators, you inspire your students to change the world. Now, give them the tools they need to make a difference. The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Teachers’ Academies provides educators with the knowledge and resources you need to bring the science of sustainability into any K-12 classroom. Our approach leverages the expertise of education professionals like you from across the nation to cultivate a community of sustainability change makers. Together, we work to develop innovative strategies addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges we face.
Our professional development opportunities incorporate contemporary research by sustainability professionals, scientists, and scholars from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. Our goal is to translate this research into effective practices that you can use to evaluate and address the complex problems faced by your school and community. We promote researcher-practitioner partnerships, learning communities, and project-based learning to position teachers, students and others as change agents to bring about a more sustainable future.
Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy (June 13-24)
The Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy provides intensive, in-person and virtual professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. Teachers of any subject and grade should apply. Participants receive a thorough introduction to sustainability science and develop tools for bringing sustainability to life in their schools and communities.Through ample networking opportunities, teachers become part of a dedicated community of sustainability activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other educators.
The National Academy views sustainability through an interdisciplinary lens that can be incorporated into any K-12 curriculum. From the triple-bottom-line of sustainable economies to the dangerous effects of climate change, sustainability studies systemic and interconnected environmental and socio-economic issues through a variety of perspectives. Participants in past workshops have employed sustainability science and practices to engage students through art, literature, social studies, math, science and other subjects.
If you are interested in developing a site-specific training for your team, contact us about available opportunities.
Teachers who have participated in the Academy’s in-person or online professional development workshops during the summers of 2019 or 2020 are eligible to receive additional stipends for completing a sustainability project in their schools or districts.
If you have questions about your project, or to apply for a stipend, please contact the following:
Use this interactive map to discover how teachers across the nation are promoting sustainability in their schools and communities. Each teacher is an alum of the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy.
The Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is committed to creating and providing curricular resources that span a diverse range of topics—including food systems sustainability, quality of life and well-being, decision-making for sustainability, and much more. Our lessons are applicable for grades 6-9 with variations presented that will enable you to tailor the activity for a younger or older audience. Because sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, these lessons are relevant across all class subjects.
For National Academy inquiries, contact:
Program Manager, National Sustainability Teachers' Academy, School of Sustainability
For Regional Academy inquiries, contact:
Program Manager, Regional Sustainability Teachers' Academy, School of Sustainability