New Jersey Learns: Educating Leaders for a Sustainable Future
Apply to the New Jersey Learns Program
The NJ Learns program unites schools and communities to learn and change together to instigate, sustain, and scale up the innovations and best practices that contribute to sustainability.
By participating in this leadership program, you will build knowledge and skills that will help you to move your community toward a sustainable future. Participants in this 9 month leadership development program will join a robust cohort of sustainability leaders and will become part of a social and professional network of experts and organizations. We will empower you to accomplish great things in your communities.
We can accelerate the shift toward a Sustainable New Jersey by linking schools’ and communities’ efforts. Education for Sustainability (EfS) will secure the role of children, young people and adults as participants, innovators and leaders in transforming our future. alumni videos alumni stories NJ schools learn
The training sessions are led by Jaimie P. Cloud, a thought leader in the field of Education for Sustainability and founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. This year, Jaimie will be accompanied by Sustainable Jersey staff to forge a deeper connection between NJ Learns and Sustainable Jersey.
In partnership with Sustainable Jersey the NJ Learns Program serves community and school-based green team members and other sustainable community stakeholders from Registered/Certified Sustainable Jersey Municipalities. The goal of the leadership training is to facilitate and accelerate actions and systemic change in towns and school districts that are participating in the Sustainable Jersey certification programs.
Eight days of expert professional development, best practices, and leadership tools
Knowledge, skills, materials, and habits of mind to approach community interests from a sustainability perspective
Constructive peer and expert feedback to help you take action and measure progress
Practicum opportunities to apply what you learn in the program in an authentic way in real time
Learning portfolios to track your participation and change in thinking over time
Resources from Sustainable Jersey and networking opportunities to build capacity in New Jersey’s sustainability initiatives
Access to Cloud Commons digital library, with hundreds of reference materials to supplement your training
Membership in an on-going learning community of all NJ Learns participants
A NJ Learns Introductory EfS Certificate of Completion from the Cloud Institute and Sustainable Jersey
- Apply as a member of a stakeholder team
Live or work in a municipality that is registered with Sustainable Jersey
Are on a community or school based green team
Are passionate about sustainability and contributing to it in their community or school
Have experience in leading formally or informally in their school or community
Have an interest in developing and/or implementing a vision and action plan for reaching their goals
Have an orientation to collaboration
Consider diversity of all kinds an asset
We are seeking change agents. Teams made up of Sustainable Jersey Green Team members, leaders from community and faith-based organizations, the Environmental Commission, municipal government, local businesses, and schools come to learn to build sustainable communities together. Applicants will be assessed based on their potential to work collaboratively with their green team to be catalysts for change in their community or school as demonstrated by their leadership experience, orientation to teamwork and team-building, and goals for applying Education for Sustainability to accelerate the shift toward sustainability.
After certification, all of our participants remain connected through local community networks and partnerships, and continue the ongoing work of creating fundamental and lasting change for a sustainable New Jersey.
NJ Learns begins with a two day introductory session October 24-25. Subsequent sessions are held on Saturdays from 9am - 5pm, on: November 15, December 13, January 10, February 7, March 14, with graduation on May 9. A total of 8 days is involved during the year.
Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough NJ, 08844
The fee to participate in NJ Learns is $945, but thanks to generous funding through the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Sustainable Jersey, tuition is now $275 per person.
Space is limited, applications are due Oct 1st. Acceptance notifications will be sent by Oct 10th.
The Leading Change Series is part of our NJ Learns Advanced Leadership program. The series is designed to build on what you learned during the Keystone Year by strengthening those habits of mind you need to educate for sustainability and to provide additional tools to help you lead the shift toward a sustainable future in our communities and schools.
In each session of the Leading Change Series, we’ll draw on the real-life leadership challenges you face in your own communities and schools through various topics. We’ll work together to strengthen your skills of catalytic leadership and delve into the complex processes of change management. You’ll learn to anticipate and mediate challenges better, build them right into your process, and handle them creatively and effectively when they arise.
By participating in the Leading Change Series, you will:
Gain strategies for expanding your target audience
Build connections with your fellow NJ Learners from all cohorts
Strengthen the collective capacity of the NJ Learns network
Deepen your resolve and resiliency as you navigate the change-making process
Leading Change is open to Keystone Alumni only. Apply using the link above, or contact us for additional information.
The aim of NJ Schools Learn is to create school cultures that inspire young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way. In order for schools to learn and change over time, they must have the support of their communities.
Our partnership with Sustainable Jersey,”a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term”, provides favorable conditions for school systems throughout the state to play an active role in contributing to the vibrant future of their communities by securing student achievement, civic engagement and successful schools that learn.
Cranford and Cherry Hill are the first two certified Sustainable Jersey municipalities to formally partner with their school districts to educate for sustainability. Take a look at the Cranford Resolution and the Cherry Hill Resolution.
The Cloud Institute works with both of these “early adopter” districts at the organizational and classroom levels. Every year, we spend between 10-14 days on-site in the schools providing direct support in the three following areas:
A) Administrative Planning and Coaching
B) Professional Development
C) Faculty Coaching
Districts that partner with the Cloud Institute through NJ Schools Learn do so for a minimum of three to five years. Over time, we aim to engage as many of the school districts as possible among the 57 communities now represented in Sustainable Jersey AND the NJ Learns Community. Therefore, every year, there is “open enrollment” in the NJ Schools Learn program and new districts may engage as soon as they are ready so that more and more schools and communities across the state are learning and changing together to accelerate the shift toward sustainability. Funding for those additional districts comes from a combination of district funding and local foundations and sponsorships. NJ Schools Learn demonstrates that educating for sustainability makes a vital contribution to our children’s achievement, their health and their well being, while securing the viability of sustainable communities in the state of New Jersey.
Contact us to inquire about bringing The Cloud Institute to your school.