In Schools

Our In-School Program

Streets Education has an interactive residency program designed to weave pertinent concepts in urban livability with school day Learning Standards.

  • Projects designed for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students highlight literacy, math, science and social science standards.
  • Middle School projects integrate math, science, and technology.
  • High School programming focuses on design, environmental stewardship and community service.

Strets Education is available to work in schools that would like to pilot our residency program. We are seeking motivated educators who are interested in collaborating.

  • Our Education Specialists will work with classroom teachers to create projects that address livability issues relevant to your school population.
  • In-school residencies are generally eight to ten sessions.
  • The residency concludes with a culminating event that allows children to demonstrate their mastery of the subject.

All pilot residencies are fully funded at no cost to your school.

Streets Education’s Recent Projects

New York City students are using the streets around their schools as classrooms. Their voices are changing the face of their neighborhoods.

Featured Project:

Middle School Street Redesign Photo Simulation Project (PDF)

Street Redesign Photo Simulation Project

In collaboration with the District Manager of the Columbus Amsterdam BID, Streets Education completed an intensive study with 7th graders at Mott Hall II. We asked: how can we improve our neighborhood streets for the local community? How can we make public space greener, safer, and better for local business? We completed our study in the area around the school, which is located at 109th between Broadway and Amsterdam. The students worked in groups to create digital photo simulations (photosims) and wrote letters to present their ideas for better streets. Read our full description of the project.

Other recent projects:

Dear Commissioner

Students in First Grade at P.S. 87 in Manhattan became stewards of the environment around their school. They learned about traffic signs, signals, and street designs. Students measured car speeds and observed traffic. They studied potential traffic calming measures that could create a safer environment. Then they wrote to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan with their suggestions. They may even have a speed bump on their block by the end of the year!

The Air That I Breathe

Seventh graders at MS 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn worked with their teacher and a Streets Education Specialist to study the environmental impact of car traffic around their school with hands-on experiments. They measured carbon emissions and particulate matter, and observed whether people carpooled or idled their cars. Students also worked with a videographer to create a film about their study and their suggestions for how we can choose greener ways to get around. Watch the Streetfilms video.

Survey Says…

This social science-based project used surveys and speed data to help students to gather information about the impact of traffic around their school. Students in the Second and Third grades at P.S. 87 in Manhattan embarked on a school-wide survey project. They compiled information about students’ modes of transportation to school and perceptions of traffic, and used a speed radar device to record car velocity. Based on their findings, the students presented traffic-calming recommendations at a student-led event attended by an official from the Department of Transportation.

Public Service Announcements

As part of the afterschool program at P.S. 163 in Manhattan, students surveyed the area around their school. They learned about how the Department of Transportation marks school zones and made observations about the safety. Based on these observations, they created public service announcements that were designed to educate students about the dangerous conditions on their block – and also ask drivers to change their behavior. The project culminated in a display of the PSAs for their peers in the afterschool program.

My Ideal Street

Kindergarten students learned about street signs, markings, and safety conditions around their school. They then tried to imagine what the street would look like if cars did not dominate the neighborhood. They expressed their ideas with two wall murals that depicted streets where pedestrians and bicyclists had most of the space. Watch the Streetfilms video.