Tania Goicoechea is an environmental educator and a mechanical engineer currently working at the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at New York University. Though she is a native of Costa Rica and lived there most of her life, Tania has been immersing herself in the urban environmental field in New York City for three years. Her growing interest in STEM education has allowed her to create workshops and classes for students and teachers that focus on green technologies and clean energies. Tania holds a master’s degree in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU. As part of the T3 Accelerator program, she plans to help develop an online course that supports teachers to pursue service-learning projects in their schools and their communities.
The NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, established in 2000 at New York University, focuses its efforts on environmental literacy through courses, workshops, trainings, and field experiences. Recently, the Collaborative has developed service-learning programs for K-12 students and professional development opportunities for teachers. The online course developed through T3 will focus on K-12 teachers and non-formal educators who want to create and engage in service-learning projects. The course will introduce them to the concepts of service-learning and will expose them to examples and lessons learned from other teachers who have successfully pursued these types of projects. The online platform will serve as a support system and hopefully as an inspiration as everyone shares their projects. This program will help to promote environmental literacy and engage teachers and their students in meaningful learning while also providing a service to their communities.
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