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The Cloud Institute EfS Summer Design Studio


Our Annual Summer Design Studio offers teachers, administrators and program designers structured time, space, coaching and peer reviews to create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Participants gain access to expertise, resources and tools required to design elegant curricula for use in the classroom, protocols for professional development, or action plans designed to implement EfS change initiatives in schools and communities.

1-Day Intro to Education for Sustainability (EfS) (this workshop is a prerequisite for the 5-day)
In this workshop, we will create a learning community that engages participants in activities that combine systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability. This full-day workshop is designed to increase participants’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the core concepts, content, and habits of mind that characterize living and working toward a sustainable future.

This full day session includes the interactive 'Fish Game' simulation, the 'Diminishing Resources' group activity, and discussions on Quality of Life Indicators and Natural Laws and Principles.

One Day Workshop Outcomes
     • Develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of Sustainability and Education for Sustainability (EfS)
     • Generate a personal rationale for educating for sustainability
     • Become inspired and hopeful about contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future through education.

5-Day EfS Summer Design Studio
As teams or as individuals, educators and managers will learn how to design and embed EfS into their curriculum, assessments, and programs. Administrators and supervisors will 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 and worktime towards the development of their curricula or project plan, participate in learning circles and peer review sessions, and participate in optional workshops presented by Jaimie Cloud.

Optional Workshops:
Backwards Design Process, Assessments that Produce Learning, Assessing for the Attributes of EfS, Analyzing Student work for Evidence of EfS.

Who Should Attend?

  • Formal & Non-Formal Educators

  • Administrators

  • Curriculum Supervisors

  • Community Leaders

  • Program Designers

What are the fees?
1-Day Intro Workshop ($150)
5-Day Design Studio ($850)
or attend both for $945 (save $55!)

What’s Included?

  • 5 days of Worktime, Personalized Instruction & Coaching

  • EfS Curriculum Design Workbook (Hardcopy & Digital)

  • Supplemental Workshop Materials

  • Access to the Cloud Commons Digital Library

  • Complimentary Lunch all 6 days

  • Welcome Mixer and End-of-week Celebration

Objectives: 

  • FAMILIARIZE - Become familiar with EfS Enduring Understandings, EfS Standards and Performance Indicators

  • DESIGN - Use backwards design to create EfS curricula, protocols and/or plans

  • ASSESS - Learn how to develop EfS assessments  that produce and measure learning

  • ANALYZE - Practice analyzing student work and units of study for evidence of EfS Attributes

  • REVIEW - Take the time to review exemplary "off the shelf" EfS curricula that the Cloud Institute recommends

Some Questions That Will Be Addressed Include:

  • How can we design elegant units of study that educate for sustainability and what explicit criteria can we use to assess student work for evidence of EfS?

  • What are the core EfS content, performance standards/outcomes and indicators we can use to design learning opportunities and assess student learning?

  • How can we align EfS Core Standards/Outcomes with the ones our school/ State require?

  • Can we integrate EfS units into our curriculum mapping software?

  • How can Understanding by Design or a “backwards design” approach contribute to the design of EfS curricula?

PRE-REGISTER FOR THE 2015 SUMMER DESIGN STUDIO