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Sustainability Ambassadors


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Career Skills

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington



Community Educator

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  • This resource is a six-page informational brochure about the community educator career path, including a detailed job description and a spotlight on an individual with this career from Seattle, Washington.
  • Students will learn the average salary, educational background, necessary skills, and responsibilities of a community educator.
Teaching Tips


  • Selena Ligrano shares candid insight into the career path that will help students decide if community education is something they are interested in pursuing.
  • The resource emphasizes the importance of following your passion in your career choice.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The Garden Hotline link on page three is broken.
  • Some students, especially English language learners, may need the terms prerequisite, horticulture, ecology, networking, and others defined before reading the article.


  • Students can identify organizations in their area that, similar to Tilth, are working in community education related to climate change.
  • Using Selena Ligrano as an example, students can journal about their work experiences and passions and how these might fit with this career or other green career paths.
  • English language arts classes can use this resource to practice reading informational text.
  • Social studies classes can use this resource to discuss career paths as a means to solve societal problems like climate change.
  • Classes with limited time or students with low reading stamina can read the narrative as a class and assign sections of the article as a jigsaw activity.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Sustainability Ambassadors introduces students to the community educator career in general before turning to a personal narrative of Selena Ligrano, who works as a community educator and operates a "garden hotline" in Seattle, Washington. The text is exceedingly clear, laying out the necessary education and skills to be a community educator and what the job looks like day to day. This resource provides an excellent description of an impactful green career and is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
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