Ms. Emily Sprowls

Faculty Lecturer
Academic title(s): 
  • MESc, Social Ecology, Yale University, USA
  • Secondary Science Teacher Certification, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
  • BA, Biology, Kenyon College, USA
Ms. Emily Sprowls
Contact Information
Email address: 
emily.sprowls [at]
Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Professional activities: 
  • International Facilitator
  • National School Reform Faculty
Social Action & Sustainability Education
Areas of expertise: 
  • Science Education
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • Environmental justice
  • Participatory science
  • Collaborative learning

Emily Sprowls' work aims to collaborate with youth and teachers to address students’ concerns about sustainability issues, environmental justice, and climate change. Her interests lie at the intersections of science teacher education and environmental and sustainability education, and reflect her experiences as a K-12 science teacher and environmental educator in alternative, informal, and international settings.  She has worked on curriculum development, teacher training and student assessment with schools and environmental non-profits throughout North America. Her action-oriented research seeks to work with teachers and students in co-creating more just ways of teaching and learning science. She studies collaborative, transdisciplinary learning among youth, teachers, and scientists in community-based initiatives that focus on student-led inquiry, such as after-school STEAM clubs.  Her teaching and research are informed by her roles as a facilitator of professional learning communities of educators, and as a Critical Friends Group coach, as well as by collaborations with participatory, citizen science programs.  As both a teacher and a researcher, Emily aims to connect science learning to the contexts of land and community in ways that are inclusive of diverse ways of coming to know, and that broaden understandings of what it means to do science or be a scientist.

  • B.Ed. K/Elementary
  • B.Ed. Secondary Science & Tech
  • MATL Secondary Science & Tech
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