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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

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a Task Force Member (Student Learning, Learning Environment, and Leadership and Capacity Building), Advisor and Service Provider to Sustainable Jersey for Schools. Getting Certified isn't hard and we can come in or remotely help you throughout the whole process! Check out the Actions that we can help you complete below. 

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Curriculum Mapping

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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.

Let's get to work on getting you those points! Contact Us to get started: 


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Education for Sustainability K-12

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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..

Let's get to work on getting you those points! Contact Us to get started: 


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Innovated Project #1 & #2 - Civic Engagement & Student Learning

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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.

Let's get to work on getting you those points! Contact Us to get started: 


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