to Oct 20

Drawdown Learn: Teaching a Solutions-Based Approach to Climate Change

Project Drawdown is perhaps the most unexpected and hopeful development in the critical effort to reverse global warming.

With a modest budget and little fanfare, a group of 200 scientists and researchers mapped and modeled the 100 most effective ways to draw down greenhouse gas emissions. The Drawdown team did the math to calculate what humanity can achieve with tools already in use around the globe.

Since the findings were published in April 2017, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming has become aNew York Times best seller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide.

Now, there is a need for a collaborative effort to develop tools, training, and curriculum integration to unpack the rich learning opportunities of Drawdown and its data.

In 2018, along with our partners at the PNW BOCES Center for Environmental Education, SCI21, and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is inviting educators, curriculum developers, parents, students, librarians, community groups, researchers, local officials, and other interested parties to learn together and chart a path forward.

Time will be provided for breakout groups to discuss key linkages to the new science standards (K-12) and explore how Drawdown can be more fully integrated into K-16 education, youth leadership, community-based projects, and municipal and civic engagement. There will also be opportunities for cross pollination between the groups.

This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team, and continues with interactive sessions throughout the weekend.

Intended outcomes for this October 2018 Drawdown Learn event in Rhinebeck, NY:

  1. Create a shared understanding of what Project Drawdown is—the math, science, and models used—and the movement that has emerged around it, so that a solutions-based approach to climate change becomes part of mainstream discourse and education.
  1. Demonstrate that the solutions for reversing global warming are clear and tangible, and that they can be worked on in our communities, homes, and schools.  This event will include resources, ideas, and options for practical next steps that can be taken directly after the gathering.
  1. Explore avenues to get Drawdown information into the hands and minds of young people so they can both participate in and lead necessary action and innovation.
  1. Provide opportunity and resources for schools and communities to begin or deepen relationships, collaboration, and mutual support toward learning and implementing Drawdown solutions.
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to Aug 10

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Educating For A Sustainable Future - The Cloud Institute

Tuition $495, for Accommodations please see Tuition page.

Program Agenda

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education prepares pre-K-12 school systems to educate for a sustainable future by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered instruction.

Education for Sustainability (EfS) teaches students the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind necessary to become responsible citizens who can achieve economic prosperity and restore the health of the social and ecological systems upon which we depend. EfS has multiple, positive effects on student achievement, commitment to democratic participation, teacher effectiveness, and school culture.

In this 5-day curriculum design studio, educators, administrators, and program designers learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time.

You get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability.

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to May 4

2018 Green Schools National Conference

  • Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and Meet Jaimie at this year's Green Schools National Conference!

Jaimie will be presenting at the Pre-conference Workshops this year on Wednesday May 2 from 1pm-5pm! This mini Education for Sustainability (EfS) Design Studio demonstrates how to transform existing units of study into units that educate for sustainability. To educate for sustainability, we start by looking for opportunities to innovate existing curriculum units in their current time frames. The highest and best use of the term “sustain-ability” is as an aspiration for the purpose of a good education. Using a “backwards design” approach we will choose and embed EfS enduring understandings, standards and performance indicators into participants’ existing core units of study. We recommend you bring a laptop with a memory stick, and a unit you want to “sustainablize”. We will provide you with the tools, materials, and resources that you will use during the EfS Studio! 

Sign up now and register for Jaimie's workshop!

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Staying Hopeful: Gathering strength for the work ahead - Webinar

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Event Timing: December 7th, 2017
Contact us at (212) 645-9930 or admin@cloudinstitute.org

Are you finding it hard to stay inspired and optimistic in the face of the endless bleak news that flows across your timelines and TV screens?  You’re not alone. I’ve heard from many friends and colleagues that this constant grind of negativity results in feelings of sadness, anxiety and a sense of being overwhelmed.  Many describe great difficulty concentrating and staying motivated for the important work that lies ahead. We understand and can offer some help. While online resources are useful, we know there's no substitute for the encouragement that only real time interaction can provide. Join Jaimie P. Cloud next Thursday and Stay Hopeful!

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to Oct 26

New Jersey School Board Association Conference

  • Atlantic City Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The NJSBA Conference is the largest professional development event for school leaders in New Jersey. The conference offers training, networking and events for the entire district team, including school board members, school business administrators, superintendents, school technology professionals, school facilities managers and staff, and curriculum professionals.

Come meet us at the Conference!

Meet Us at the Booth! Look for The Cloud Institute at the Sustainable Schools Center!

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to Aug 11

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Educating For A Sustainable Future - The Cloud Institute

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Cost: $495 + 33 for materials per person PLUS Accommodations

(Prices vary see: Accommodations

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. It is based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability.

Instead of teaching kids about sustainability, it teaches them the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind required to become responsible citizens who can achieve economic prosperity and restore the health of all living systems.

In this 5-day design studio, educators, administrators, and program designers learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.

In a structured context, you get access to expertise, coaching, resources, and tools to design elegant curricula for classroom use, create protocols for professional development, or lay out action plans to implement EfS in schools and communities.

Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional workshops, you are supported as you create and develop units and   protocols that educate for sustainability. 

Save $100 on Educating for a Sustainable Future when you register for the Sustainability Education Conference. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Green Schools National Conference - Green Schools National Network
to Mar 22

Green Schools National Conference - Green Schools National Network

  • The Westin Peachtree Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year’s Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held in Atlanta, GA, from March 21 – 22, 2017 and will bring together hundreds of green school leaders, educators, administrators, advocates, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the nation. This event presents a unique opportunity for the brightest and most influential individuals in the fields of education, building design and construction, facilities management, public administration, and more, to gather, share, and learn from one another while advancing the green schools movement.

For more information and to register to attend, please visit http://greenschoolsconference.org/.


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to Feb 28

Grant Funding for New Jersey Municipalities - Sustainable Jersey For Schools

  • Sustainable Jersey for Schools (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Applications are due on February 28, 2017 for the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for municipalities to implement sustainability projects. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, this municipal cycle will award four (4) $20,000, eight (8) $10,000 and twenty (20) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey actions.

For more info: http://bit.ly/2hg3puJ

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