The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a Task Force Member (Student Learning, Learning Envirnment, and Leadership and Capacity Building), Advisor and Service Provider to Sustainable Jersey for Schools, and we can assist you. We have selected the actions required that best suit our expertise and we stand ready to serve the NJ schools and districts seeking certification.
Is Your School or District Ready for Sustainable Jersey Certification?
Contact us today to schedule a 30 minute complimentary consultation with Jaimie Cloud,
Founder and President, to discuss how we can help you reach your goals.
Our work with schools and districts revolves around the curriculum, instruction and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability (EfS), as well as the policies and practices related to organizational learning and leadership. 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. Our comprehensive 3-5 year initiatives yield systemic improvements and lasting results. The length of each engagement depends on the readiness, the needs and the aspirations of each individual school or district. Whatever your situation, we can tailor a program or service to meet your needs.
Professional Development for Sustainability
The Cloud Institute will facilitate participants’ ability to:
Develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of Sustainability and Education for Sustainability.
Generate personal rationales for educating for sustainability.
Become inspired and hopeful about contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future through education.
Increase participants’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the core concepts, content, and habits of mind that characterize Sustainability and Education for Sustainability (EfS).
Explore the attributes of Assessments that Produce Learning and self - assess their own practices in an effort to produce evidence of strengths and improve gap areas.
The Cloud Institute will also work with leadership teams to explore and assess for the attributes of a learning organization, to determine the favorable conditions for continuous improvement and systemic change, and to support faculty in their efforts to educate for sustainability.
District Sustainability Policy, Strategic Plan Implementation of Green Initiatives, Green Enhancement of District Strategic Plans
The Cloud Institute can support your school and/or district's sustainability team through development, implementation and monitoring of a strategic planning process 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, professional development and coaching, and innovation of curriculum frameworks to include EfS.
The Cloud Institute will 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, vision and 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, civic engagement, teacher effectiveness, school culture and sustainable community indicators.
School Community Asset Mapping
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 encourage students and their teachers to do asset (and liability) mapping through interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction in the school/district. What better way to learn to map, use GIS mapping tools, develop interview protocols, write social histories, provide authentic, project based, place based, service- learning opportunities for students, build partnerships and get to know your neighbors by forging relationships with them? Students of all ages can participate in community asset mapping.
Our goal is to continually improve our schools' capacity to integrate the EfS Standards and Performance Indicators into the curriculum scope and sequence vertically and laterally in the appropriate disciplines and grade levels.
The Cloud Institute will:
Facilitate in depth discussion of the rationales and applications for curriculum documentation and mapping.
Review and apply the process of “backwards design”/UBD in the context of curriculum mapping to educate for sustainability.
Align, design/ innovate, document and map curriculum with faculty to embed EfS and other voluntary and required standards.
Map scopes and sequences, develop year-long contexts and pacing calendars with instructional teams.
Determine with the leadership team what types of analytics and reports are useful to them over time and analyze with them the results over time so we can determine next steps.
The Cloud Institute will:
Coach in a series of one-on-one and/or department/grade level sessions with teachers to review, innovate and integrate courses, unit designs and lessons, assessments and performance criteria with EfS enduring understandings, standards and performance indicators; address standards alignment questions and issues; discuss differentiation strategies and content revisions; provide feedback, and discuss and make progress toward curricular and instructional goals.
Design and/or co-design with faculty an EfS Curriculum Framework, a full course of study, a scope and sequence, year- long contexts, performance assessments, performance criteria embedded with EfS attributes.
Review and assess existing units and courses, assessments and performance criteria for the attributes of EfS and Quality Curriculum. We will also discuss and support revisions and innovations.
Analyze student work with faculty and/or administrators for evidence of EfS using EfS Performance Criteria and we will 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 long term 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..
We encourage students and teachers to conduct authentic, project based, place based, service-learning opportunities through the curriculum with a focus on civic engagement and student learning. Once they have completed mapping the school community assets and liabilities, students can decide whether they want to protect an asset or address a challenge or liability in the community. They can design a project of their choosing, implement, assess and reflect on the results of their intervention.
The Cloud Institute will assist educators 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.
Email us or give us a call to schedule a 30 minute complimentary consultation. Tel: 212-645-9930 x10
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. www.sustainablejerseyschools.com