Clinical Professor of Teaching and Learning and Director of The Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education
Phone: 212 998 5474
Mary Leou is Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation Education and founding Director of the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, established in 2000 with a generous gift from the Johanette Wallerstein Institute. She is also the Director of the Environmental Conservation Education Graduate Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Over the past 13 years, she received over $1.5 million in grants and gifts for developing environmental education programs at NYU serving teachers, K-12 schools, and non-formal organizations. In 2012 she received a $250,000 gift to launch the Jane Wallerstein Children and Nature Project. Formerly the Director of Education of City Parks Foundation, she worked on one of the largest urban forest restoration projects in New York City, affording her the opportuntiy to educate people of all ages about New York City's natural areas. She serves on numerous boards and state-wide committees, and is the former Chair of the Environmental Education Advisory Council of NYC. She has over 27 years of experience in urban environmental education developing programs for teachers, K-12 students, and curricula for formal and non-formal education settings. She has received numerous awards for her work, including two Environmental Quality Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in environmental education. In 2012 she was recognized by the National Audubon Society as a "Woman Greening the City", and at present co-chairs the NYS Environmental Literacy Committee, a state-wide coalition of organizations engaged in developing an environmental literacy plan for the state of New York.
- BA Columbia University
- M Ed Columbia University, Teachers College
- Ed D Columbia University, Teachers College
Grants and Awards
- 1986: Rudin Fellowship, American Museum of Natural History
- 1996: NYS Outdoor Education and Conservation Program of the Year Award
- 1997: Fay and Henry L. Sobel Award for Distinguished Dissertation
- 1998: EPA Environmental Quality Award
- 2007: EPA Environmental Quality Award
- 2011: Environmental Leadership Award, NYS Outdoor Education Association
- 2012: Audubon's "Women Greening The City" Award
- School Reform
- Sustainability Education
- Teacher Development (pre-service and in-service)
- Place-Based Education
- Non-Formal Education
- Environmental Education Curriculum
- Experiential Learning
- Urban Environmental Education
- Leou, M., (2005) Readings in Environmental Education: An Urban Model. Kendall Hunt: Iowa.
- Leou, M., Abder, P., Riordan, M., Zoller, U. (2006) "Using 'HOCS-Centered Learning' as a Pathway to Promote Science Teachers' Metacognitive Development". Research in Science Education, Springer 36:69-84.
- Milne, C., Kirch, S., Basu, J., Leou, M., Abder, P. (2008) "Understanding conceptual change: connecting and questioning". Cultural Studies of Science Education 3: 417-434.
- Urban Environmental Education: Keynote Speaker. Trail Blazers Spring Benefit 2013, New York, New York.
- HOCS Learning in Informal Science: Using self-reflection to expose metacognitive development: Abder, P., M. Leou, U. Zoller, M. Riordan. "HOCS Learning in Informal Science: Using self-reflection to expose metacognitive development". Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Vancouver, Canada, April 2004.
- Perceived Needs for Professional Development: Leou, Mary and A. Rutter. "Perceived Needs for Professional Development". Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, April 1996.
- Inquiries into Teaching and Learning II
- Using New York City's Non-Formal Resources to Teach Science
- Internship in Environmental Conservation Education
- Environmental Education: Theory and Practice
- Final Seminar in Environmental Conservation Education