For Instructors

Summer Institute

The LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) is hosting its sixth annual urban ecology professional institute on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. Designed to create synergistic research and teaching opportunities, the Institute introduces teachers and informal science providers to our urban ecology curriculum and inquiry-based research activities designed for students in grades 4-12. This year participants will work with community partners and staff to create hyper-localized versions of our Urban EcoLab curriculum and new modules that address some of the pressing interests of the Los Angeles community.  See our section on the Summer Institute for more information.

The CURes Institute sets participants on the acceptance path to our Urban Ecology Teacher Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Curriculum is aligned to NGSS with meaningful connections to CCSS math and language arts, history/social studies and restorative practices.

Stacy Sinclair, EdD, Acting Director of Education for CURes stacy.sinclair@lmu.edu

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For Instructors

CURes leads multiple programs in education including pioneering urban ecology curricula. We offer services for both formal and informal science providers. By developing strategic partnerships with the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Youth Science Center, Heal the Bay, The Bay Foundation and the Council for Watershed Health, we reach beyond the borders of Los Angeles County serving a broad scope of communities throughout Southern California.

CURes curricula and professional development services emphasize urban science and policy as interactive and participatory subjects. Our approach treats the ever-changing city landscape as a distinct ecosystem. By applying urban ecology principles, instructors gain practical knowledge and tools of environmental assessment.   Science lessons and accompanying field-study activities are adaptable for K-12th grade students.

CURes Teaching Philosophy:

Students are best served by providing content-rich and diverse learning environments with opportunities for the broad exploration of scientific inquiry in a social context by engaging students with diverse learning styles through:

  1. Participating in inquiry-based science
  2. Researching relevant literature
  3. Initiating relevant research
  4. Connecting ecological challenges to vocational discernment

Where We Work

CURes serves schools of high need throughout Southern California. Our community of science and curriculum programs include LAUSD, Culver City Unified, Wiseburn Unified, Bassett Unified and neighboring charter and Catholic schools.

Student Projects

  • monarch butterfly studies
  • tree swallow boxes construction and installation
  • crow trap construction
  • hummingbird studies
  • pollinator gardens
  • hydroponic gardens
  • bioacoustics