Teresa will focus on strengthening GHSA’s relationships with PreK-12 educators and students across the region, fostering innovative projects that provide experiential learning opportunities with real-world sustainability issues. For example, this fall Teresa will lead the design and launch of intensive learning labs that focus on sustainability and systems thinking. The Systems Design Lab for Educators and Students will position teachers and youth as key decision makers in effecting change by challenging them to address a community-based problem using systems thinking.
She is also working on series of events meant to provoke, inspire, and support the increased teaching of relevant topics in the areas of the environment and equity and provide practical frameworks for integrating these topics at the classroom, school, and district level. With the guidance of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and other community partners she is working to design a Data and Democracy Walking Tour of East Liberty for Teachers, which will illuminate hidden points of data in our built environment and how we might create systems that allow for more inclusive and equitable uses of data so that we can co-create a vibrant and viable future for all.
Likewise, in June, we will host the Sprout Fund’s Maker Meetup which will explore connections between the maker movement, education, ethics, and sustainability.
Previously, Teresa worked with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, The CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, The Sprout Fund, Remake Learning Network, and Winchester Thurston School. We are thrilled to add someone of such high regard to our staff, and are confident that Teresa will help GHSA become recognized as a leader in regional and national innovative learning!
This post is a modified version of one that appeared on the Green Building Alliance blog.