Our Justice Education Programming
We believe: Education is a vehicle for social and environmental change. By helping teachers build curriculums they are truly passionate about and centering student voice, we can contribute to a society where everyone thrives.
(From left to right) Our co-founder, Kier Blake, with Celia Cruz's (CC) Assistant Principal, Vern Ram + HSTP teacher, Alex Goasdoue + CC's Oliver Eduardo and Xiomara De Los Santos holding microgreens cultivated by the students at Celia Cruz's indoor hydroponic garden (behind the individuals).
March 10, 2022. Photo by Nikol Mudrová
We pride ourselves on the divergent, equity-based, and justice-centered focus we bring to our curricula. This ensures rich, insightful meaning in all aspects of our service from providing complimentary teacher support, add-on school garden tower and/or hydroponics implementation, and curricula customization to fit the standards and expectations for your classroom.
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Hybrid & Distance Learning Development
Your distance or hybrid learning program should be responsive to the needs of your community, address barriers to success, leverage the new opportunities virtual learning provides, and be sufficiently supportive of students, teachers, principals, and families. We can help you achieve all of this and more.
Curriculum development is no longer about textbook adoptions that happen every few years. Districts today need a strategy for curriculum adoption and selection that takes into account district goals, student needs and new dynamic and student-centered environments.
Class Dean and English Teacher at the Horace Mann School
Start: Empowerment’s involvement in my class been a tremendous boon for my students. As I continue to teach them how they can be change agents in their local community, S:E has provided us with the tools to build the very foundation of our work. I find myself incredibly lucky to call them my partners.
Alexander "Alex" Goasdoue
Teacher at the High School for Teaching and the Professions
I have been implementing the Environmental and Climate Justice Curriculum in my Environmental Science classes and I am very impressed that the curriculum is well organized with four separate modules that focuses on specific environmental justice and climate change issues that relate to my students in the Bronx, NY. I am also very impressed with how well curated the curriculum is with four interactive Google Slides presentations filled with informative videos, maps, diagrams and pictures. There are multiple activities with teacher prompts designed to engage the students. I recommend this curriculum to all teachers who want to educate their students about Environmental and Climate Justice!
Director of Placement, High School Programs, Alumni Relations, and Curriculum Coordinator at Summer on the Hill
Start Empowerment's guest speakers were a wonderful supplement to our Saturday curriculum centered around the election, media literacy, and climate justice as one of the most important issues of our time. During the session, the Start Empowerment speakers shared information about climate change and how young people can play an active role in the fight for climate justice here in the Bronx. The material was engaging, relevant, and appropriately scaffolded for our third and fourth grade students, who came away with knowledge and resources to further their budding curiosity about climate justice. We at Summer on the Hill are so grateful that our students had the opportunity to engage with this subject in a real-world way and are looking forward to a continued partnership with Start Empowerment at the high school level as well.
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