About the K-12 & Teacher Education Sector

The K-12 and Teacher Education Sector Team of the US Partnership includes experienced educators who help guide the development of a national ESD networking and outreach effort.

K-12 and Teacher Education Sector Team aims to:

  • Develop a network of formal K-12 educators who are engaged in sustainability-related education, and who share the goal of preparing students to be informed participants in the development of sustainable communities.
  • Promote the teaching of sustainability-related skills, knowledge and experiences through publications, professional associations, policy, and events.

To get the latest in our work, join the national listserv for k-12 educators focused specifically on the topic of education for sustainability. There are two ways to join the listserv: 1) Go to https://listserver.itd.umich.edu/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?enter=sustaink12 and join; or 2) Send an email message to "sustaink12-request@umich.edu" with the word "subscribe" in the Subject line of your message.”

Intent & Priorities

The intent of the K-12 and Teacher Education Sector is to focus on promoting ESD and its network as a whole, not to provide ESD services directly. By working together, ESD educators can better find niches for publicity and promotion, nourish these niches with ongoing stories of success, and foster synergy among US educators so we can better participate with and learn from international networks during the UN Decade. 

Priorities for Promoting ESD in K-12 and Teacher Education:

  • Develop K-12 learning standards that define what students should know and be able to do to be responsible citizens for a more sustainable world.
  • Develop and maintain web-based tools for educators including a clearinghouse of K-12 ESD resources and a national ESD listserv.
  • Promote ESD activities among K-12 and Teacher Education national associations by building ongoing relationships and providing support as needed (eg. national calls, webinar, articles, etc.).
  • Provide EfS speakers for national organizations and Colleges of Education.
  • Publish a white paper defining ESD in the formal K-12 sector.
  • Represent formal K-12 interests with regards to ESD in policy arenas.
  • Promote ESD among Colleges of Education.
  • Represent K-12 interests and initiatives within the larger US Partnership.



 Jen Cirillo

Steering Committee Members (not active at this time)

  • Kim Corrigan (Co-Chair),  Partnerships and Professional Development Director, Facing the Future
  • Jefferson Burnett, VP, Government and Community Relations, National Association of Independent Schools
  • Wynn Calder, Director, University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; Consultant, Education for Sustainable Development; Chair, NAIS Institute for Leadership in Sustainability
  • Jen Cirillo (Co-Chair), Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
  • James Cole, Assistant Principal, Middle School 328, NY, NY
  • Madelyn Colon, Connecticut Partnership for Sustainability Education
  • Susan Gentile,  Professor of Environmental Studies, Urban Sustainability, and Education at Antioch University. 
  • June Gorman, Education Chair, United Nations Association of the USA (UnitedNationsAssoc.) Board Faculty Representative, International Model United Nations Assoc. (imuna.org)
  • Leah Mayor, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
  • Sherie McClam PhD, Manhattanville College
  • Victor Nolet, Professor, Secondary Education, Western Washington University
  • Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; Co-Chair, Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium; Senior Advisor, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; Senior Fellow, Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; Professor, Sustainable Energies and Behavioral Sciences
  • Lori Stole, Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative
  • Gilda Wheeler, Environmental and Sustainability Program Coordinator at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Melinda Salazar, Professor/ MAT - Elementary/ Secondary Gallup Graduate Studies Center Western New Mexico University