Our project helps teachers to explore environmental challenges with a critical eye. They focus on the connection between environmental and social justice, while searching for the common roots to problems and questioning false solutions. Teachers are challenged to build their own bridges from despair to hope, from surrender to resistance, and from apathy to community empowerment. We work internationally with our counterparts in El Salvador and Oaxaca, Mexico to better understand our students and more effectively teach them literacy skills, especially those who are learning English as a second language or native English speakers needing extra support with literacy. We do this critical work by weaving relevant environmental and social justice themes into curriculum through documentary film, engaging teaching strategies, art, music, and discussion.