Ellen Schultz

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Eastern Regional Network
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Associate Director for Education
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center/Philadelphia Water Department
Philadelphia, PA

Since 2004, Ellen Freedman Schultz has developed and managed environmental education programs related to water quality, watershed management, and the history of Philadelphia’s municipal water system for the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. In 2012, she developed and published a comprehensive curriculum framework and activity guide called Understanding the Urban Watershed for Philadelphia. Subsequently, she wrote a companion Regional Guide for Wilmington, Reading and Camden and one for New York City (pending publication by NYDEP). The Guide became the foundation for her more recent project started in 2014, the development of a middle-years watershed curriculum, which was supported in large part by the William Penn Foundation. The completed project is a comprehensive 6-unit, cross-disciplinary, hands-on curriculum for students in grades 6,7 and 8th grade. In 2018, the District agreed to make this a partnership project and to support teacher training for full implementation in District schools, starting Fall 2019.  Since 2015, she has served as Co-chair of Curriculum Committee of the School District of Philadelphia’s GreenFutures Plan for Sustainability and is currently a member of the Network Development Team of the Alliance for Watershed Education, a network of 23 watershed education centers in the Delaware River Watershed.


Schultz has applied her broad and varied non-formal education experiences to program development, teacher training, hands-on lesson and program design and implementation throughout her career.  In addition to her extensive work in utility education, she also has a varied and broad background in built environment education. She has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Historic Preservation, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History from Vassar College.  She has been an adjunct professor at Bucks County Community College in the Historic Preservation Certificate Program for nearly 20 years. Although she has taught a variety of courses at the College, she currently teaches the History of American Architecture online.  In 2012, she was given the Outstanding Part-time Faculty award from the College.  She also served as Director of Education at the former Philadelphia non-profit organization, the Foundation for Architecture, and led their K-12 built environment education program called “Architecture in Education.”