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Why Educate for Sustainability?

Our Core Services

Our work with schools, school systems and Higher Education institutions all revolves around the curriculum, instruction and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability. We are committed to the roles that teaching, learning and thinking play in contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future. We have strategic partners that work on the aspects of EfS that involve buildings, grounds, food and operations.

Each of our short term services can run in length from a half-day (Awareness, Skill Development) to five days (Design and Leadership) depending on the depth of knowledge and skills desired. (See: Schools Learn for our comprehensive 3-5 year initiatives.) The length of each engagement depends on the readiness, the needs and the aspirations of each individual client.  Some places have been educating for sustainability for a long time and others are only just beginning.  Whatever your situation, we can tailor a program or service to meet your needs.

Contact us online or call 212-645- 9930 ext. 18 to learn more about our educational services.

 Consulting & Leadership Development (onsite or offsite via SKYPE)

We provide consulting, leadership development and coaching to Administrators to:.

Develop, implement and monitor a strategic plan for EfS including organizational learning and systemic change, curriculum development and assessment, and individual and organizational performance assessment (3-5-10 years.) Project details generally include: consensus on a theory of change, goals, timeline, success measures, benchmarks and alignment to faculty and administrator performance assessment instruments and innovation of curriculum frameworks to include EfS.

Administer the Cloud Institute EfS Reality Check to determine a baseline and to assess and continually improve the quality of your progress, policies and practices over time.

Co-create a research agenda that correlates EfS with the accelerated improvement of student health, academic achievement, teacher effectiveness, school culture and sustainable community indicators.

Questions we'll answer together:
How can Education for Sustainability increase our student’s health and their academic achievement?
How can we get the faculty to buy in to EfS when they are already under so much pressure?
Will EfS ensure Teachers’ and Principals’ performance continues to be proficient and distinguished over time?
How can EfS help us to retain the best and brightest young teachers?
How can EfS stimulate and sustain whole school improvement?

 Professional Development & Faculty Coaching

Introduction to Education for Sustainability 1-2 days onsite
*(This is highly recommended as a Pre-Requisite to all other PD and Coaching)

During this interactive introductory session participants will:

  • Develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of Sustainability and Education for Sustainability  (EfS)

  • Generate personal rationales for educating for sustainability

  • Become inspired and hopeful about contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future through education

Day one of this two day interactive introductory session is designed to increase participants’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the core concepts, content, and habits of mind that characterize Sustainability and Education for Sustainability(EfS).

On day two, we will go deeper with EfS standards and performance indicators, and begin an informal EfS curriculum alignment process.  We will map participants’ findings to determine where EfS content, skills and attitudes are aligned to existing curriculum in order to A. Determine where to conduct the strengths assessment and/or B. Embed EfS into units of study.

Questions we'll answer together:
What is Sustainability? What is Education for Sustainability? Why Educate for Sustainability?

Once there is a shared understanding and vocabulary, we:

Deepen participants’ understanding of the core content areas of EfS and look for curriculum alignment and applications.

Discuss the rationale and applications for curriculum documentation and mapping, and review the components of “backwards designed”/UBD curriculum units in the context of EfS.

Engage with faculty and administrators in a comprehensive examination and application of EfS standards and performance indicators, design, documentation, mapping and alignment.

Work with instructional teams to map out pacing calendars and to begin to sketch the scope and sequence of unit flow.

Explore the attributes of Assessments that Produce Learning and self - assess your own practices in an effort to produce evidence of strengths and improve gap areas.

Questions we'll answer together:
Is this another “add on”? Where am I going to get the time?
How can I educate for sustainability when I have to teach to the test?
Can EfS enhance students’ experiences in Service Learning?
Can you give us some exemplary Project Based Learning ideas that educate for sustainability?

 

Contact us online or call 212-645- 9930 ext. 18 to learn more about our educational services.

 Curriculum Design, Assessment, Mapping & Alignment

When faculty and curriculum developers are ready, we:
Coach in a series of one-on-one and/or department/grade level sessions with teachers to review and innovate unit designs and lessons, assessments and performance criteria, address mapping and alignment questions and issues, discuss differentiation strategies and content revisions, provide feedback, and discuss and make progress toward curricular and instructional goals.

Design a school, an EfS Curriculum Framework, a full course of study, a scope and sequence, performance assessments, performance criteria and/or Professional Development Protocols embedded with EfS attributes.

Review and assess exemplary EfS units, assessments and performance criteria for the attributes of EfS and Quality Curriculum. Discuss innovations.

Analyze student work for evidence of EfS using EfS Performance Criteria and discuss next steps.

Conduct a formal strengths assessment and review gaps of the operating curriculum for evidence of EfS attributes. Faculty and administrators analyze results and make decisions about next steps with the goal of fully integrating vertically and laterally the EfS Standards and Performance Indicators into the curriculum scope and sequence in the appropriate disciplines and grade levels.

Questions we'll answer together:
Is EfS aligned to the Common Core Standards?  Is EfS aligned to our Content Standards?  
What other popular frameworks align to the Cloud Institute’s  EfS Standards and Indicators?
What does UBD/Backwards Design have to do with Educating for Sustainability?

 School & Community Partnerships

No school change happens without the support of the community. At the same time, if communities want to move toward sustainability, they cannot go too far without all the children, young people and their teachers and mentors. In order for EfS to produce real school improvement and promote sustainable community development, schools and communities must learn and work together for a sustainable future. We work with schools and school systems to:

Identify authentic learning opportunities for students in the community through service and project based learning.

Develop relationships with key community stakeholders who are valuable resources to the school/district.

Position the school as an authentic resource to other schools and to the community to address the needs of local sustainable community development.

Create opportunities for schools and communities to learn together through workshops, “World Café” discussions, speaker series, book clubs and study circles and “Green Team” events.

Prepare students and teachers to monitor sustainable community indicators to track and produce evidence of change over time.

Celebrate together as much as possible the successes, and the learning that comes from worthy failures.

Questions we'll answer together:
How can EfS accelerate the shift toward healthy and sustainable communities?
How can we ensure that our students will be educated for a healthy and sustainable future over time?

Also available is our Summer Design Studio

During our summer curriculum design intensive, teams and individual educators and administrators learn how to design and embed EfS into their curriculum,assessments, and programs. Administrators and supervisors learn how to develop performance assessments, professional development plans, and organizational learning strategies that educate for sustainability. Over five days participants will get familiar with and begin using EfS design tools, have personalized coaching on demand, and spend work time developing their curricula or project plan. They will participate in learning circles and peer review sessions, and participate in optional mini sessions presented by Jaimie Cloud. Learn More

 

Contact us online or call 212-645- 9930 ext. 18 to learn more about our educational services.

Coach in a series of one‐on‐one and/or department/grade level sessions with teachers to review and innovate unit designs and lessons, assessments and performance criteria, address mapping and alignment questions and issues,

discuss differentiation strategies and content revisions, provide feedback, and discuss and make progress toward curricular and instructional goals

 

Design a school, an EfS Curriculum Framework, a full course of study, a scope and sequence, performance assessments, performance criteria and/or Professional Development Protocols embedded with EfS attributes

 

Review and assess exemplary EfS units, assessments and performance criteria for the attributes of EfS and Quality Curriculum.  Discuss innovations

 

Analyze student work for evidence of EfS using EfS Performance Criteria and discuss next steps 

 

Conduct a Formal Strengths Assessment  and review gaps of the operating curriculum for evidence of EfS attributes. Faculty and administrators analyze results and make decisions about next steps with the goal of fully integrating vertically and laterally the EfS Standards and Performance Indicators into the curriculum scope and sequence in the appropriate disciplines and grade levels