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Educating for a Sustainable Future: 1-Day Workshop

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Design curriculum to educate your students for a healthy, sustainable future, meet academic standards, and increase performance, with Jaimie Cloud.

Jaimie Cloud on Education for Sustainability.

To learn more and register for the full Educating for a Sustainable Future 5-Day Design Studio program, click here. Both the 1-day and 5-day programs are also offered in-person at Omega’s Rhinebeck campus.

Research shows that the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework has multiple positive effects on student achievement, commitment to democratic participation, teacher effectiveness, and school culture.

Introduction to EfS will immerse participants in systems thinking games and simulations, group discussions about economics and quality of life, and the science of sustainability. Stories and case studies will be shared, we will explore contemporary ideas in EfS and we will envision what is possible when we educate for sustainability.

This special, single-day offering 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).

This is the first day of the full 5-day program and can be taken on its own as an introduction. This course can be counted toward Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits, if approved by your school district.

Continuing Education

This course is co-sponsored by Dutchess County BOCES Center for Sustainability and Climate Education. You may apply for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit hours directly with your district.

Meet the Teachers

  • Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education ...


Please Note: All times are EDT.


10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Introduction and “The Fish Game” Simulation

This hands on workshop engages participants in an interactive, replicable learning experience that combines systems thinking tools with interdisciplinary content for a deeper understanding of our role in moving toward a sustainable future. A discussion of ‘mental models that contribute to sustainability’ and ‘behaviors and strategies that contribute to sustainable outcomes’ provide participants with a hopeful paradigm for education and community action.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Quality of Life Indicators

What is an indicator of progress? What indicators do we currently use in our society? Are these the best measures of our quality of life and, if not, what would be better measures?

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
“Diminishing Resources” Activity

How can you, your colleagues, and your students use systems thinking to address problems? How do you know you are distinguishing the problem from the system? How can you ensure that you don’t make your problem worse in the long run and create new problems? This session will make use of critical systems thinking tools of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in order to create a framework for effectively identifying and solving problems.

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Educating for a Sustainable Future: 1-Day Workshop


Continuing Education

Credit Hours: 5

WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board)$50

This course is co-sponsored by Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. You may apply for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit hours directly with your district.

Learn More About Continuing Education Credits


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