Dozens of Staten Island, NY science teachers learned strategies necessary to share the science behind recycling with students as part of a free training workshop presented by JASON Learning.
Sponsored and coordinated by ISRI member Pratt Industries, the June 8 training was based upon ISRI’s standards-based recycling curriculum.
Myles Cohen, president of Pratt Industries, kicked off this year’s day-long training that included valuable interaction on how to improve recycling within the schools. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and NYC Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia also addressed the workshop, stressing the importance of recycling and teaching about it in the schools.
This is the third consecutive year that Pratt coordinated this training on Staten Island where ISRI’s recycling curriculum was originally piloted in 10 Staten Island schools in 2015. The initiative took off due to the program’s synergies with one of the borough president’s major initiatives: litter reduction. To date, with the encouragement of Borough President Oddo, and the support of New York City Departments of Education and Sanitation, this private-public partnership has achieved multiple goals on Staten Island: increased recycling, reduced litter, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning in K-12 schools.
More than 100 teachers have been trained and thousands of Staten Island students have learned about recycling through ISRI’s curriculum over the past three years.
ISRI’s recycling curriculum suite includes 30 age-appropriate activities and readings for teacher lesson planning, interactive web-based experiences, and classroom posters featuring life cycles for each recycled commodity. It is available online free to ISRI members, teachers, and others interested in recycling education.
To learn more about how your company can utilize ISRI’s recycling curriculum, contact Bob Ensinger at (202) 662-8510.