Workshop | Introduction to Education for Sustainability

jaimie debriefing the fish game

What is Sustainability?
What is Education for Sustainability?
Why Educate for Sustainability?

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 1 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).

DAY 2 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 determine where to conduct the strengths assessment and/or embed EfS into units of study.

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?
Are there any Project Based Learning exemplars that 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.