Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Online Learning

Educating for a Sustainable Future: 5-Day Design Studio

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The program’s first day, Introduction to Education for Sustainability, is also available as a one-day option for a tuition cost of $149 ($139 Members). To learn more, click here.

The unique challenges that define our time require fundamentally new ways of thinking. If we intend to transition to a sustainable way of life, educators and young people have an important role to play. Join us as we explore what’s possible through education for sustainability.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainable Education prepares pre-K-16 school systems by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered, place-based, inquiry-based, and project-based instruction.

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.

In this 5-day curriculum design studio, we use backwards design, or Understanding by Design, to reorient, innovate, build, and map curricula designed to meet academic standards and EfS standards, performance indicators, and enduring understandings—without additional class time or add-ons.

Educators, curriculum specialists, administrators, and program designers learn what EfS is and how to embed EfS into curricula, assessments, performance criteria, and performance tasks. Gain access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you develop units and protocols that prepare students to participate in, and lead with us, the shift toward a sustainable future.

Meet the Teachers

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

Schedule

MONDAY

Please Note: All times are EDT. 

9:00 a.m.–Noon
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.

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Break

1:00 p.m.–2:15 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?

2:15 p.m.–3:15 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.

3:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Natural Laws and Principles
What are the operating instructions for the planet? Are we abiding by them? Do we have a choice?


TUESDAY

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Introductions and Overview of the Week’s Activities
Meet, greet, and identify participants who might form affinity groups during the week. Review of Studio agenda and goals, design workbook, and resources available from the Cloud library and the Cloud Commons digital library. Participants will be given the wireless code for the facility and asked to begin developing their Work Plan—either online or in hardcopy.

10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Presentation: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Framework
Why educate for a sustainable future? This session will introduce the EfS framework, including the core content and habits of mind of EfS.

11:00 a.m.–Noon
Getting Started
Find and set‐up work spaces, view exemplars, and plan the week’s work.

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Break

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Choose 1

  • Work Time:
    Identify target audience, enduring understandings, and learning outcomes for design project.
  • Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud
    Backwards Design Process: Jaimie will walk through the backwards design process and address questions regarding the Curriculum Design Components and the EfS Design Worksheets and Templates. For those who haven’t become familiar with and chosen EfS Standards, performance indicators, and Enduring Understandings to work with, they can do so in this session. In addition, we will cover how to conduct a strengths assessment and analysis. Work time will be included.

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Work Time and Coaching

  • Work Time:
    Design lessons and units, assessments, rubrics, mapping curriculum, sketches, and pacing calendars. Vertical and lateral curriculum mapping (teams) and integration of EfS across curriculum and project plans.
  • Coaching:
    Receive one on one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions, and promote idea generation.

WEDNESDAY

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Check-in

9:30 a.m.–Noon
Work Time and Coaching

  • Get familiar with and begin using EfS Design Tools, Templates, and Exemplars
  • EfS Standards and Enduring Understandings
  • Design Worksheets
  • Unit Overview Template
  • Lesson Templates
  • View Exemplars
  • Work on Maps, Design Worksheets, and Unit Overview Template (for interdisciplinary grade level teams, we recommend reviewing the EfS Grade Level Curriculum Alignment Grid to look for interdisciplinary connections)

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Break

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Choose 1

  • Work Time
  • Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud
    Overview ‐ Assessments that Produce Learning: Assessments should produce learning—not just measure it. In this mini‐session we will explore the attributes of assessments that produce learning, and participants will conduct a self‐assessment on their own assessment practices. We will then talk about our findings and the implications for the design work in which we are engaged.

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Work Time and Coaching

  • Work Time:
    Design lessons and units, assessments, rubrics, mapping curriculum, sketches, and pacing calendars. Vertical and lateral curriculum mapping (teams) and integration of EfS across curriculum and project plans.
  • Coaching:
    Receive one‐on‐one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions, and promote idea generation.

THURSDAY

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Check-in

9:30 a.m.–Noon
Work Time and Coaching
Design work and coaching continues.

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Break

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Choose 1

  • Work Time:
    Design work continues.
  • Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud:
    • Part I Assessing for the Attributes of EfS: Participants will learn how to design performance assessments that produce learning and evidence of student learning outcomes in EfS. (Please bring current work with you so we can work with your outcomes.)
    • Part II Analyzing Student work for Evidence of EfS: Participants will analyze student work exemplars for evidence of EfS to practice recognizing what performance indicators look like in student work products.
    Receive one on one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions, and promote idea generation.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Work Time and Coaching
Design work and coaching continues.


FRIDAY

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Check-in

9:30 a.m.–Noon
Work Time and Coaching
Design work and coaching continues.

  • Work Time:
    Design lessons and units, assessments, rubrics, mapping curriculum, sketches and pacing calendars. Vertical and lateral curriculum mapping (teams) and integration of EfS across curriculum and project plans.
  • Coaching:
     Receive one-on-one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions and promote idea generation

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Break

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Peer Reviews
Participants will provide feedback to one another using the ‘Critical Friends’ protocol.

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Close Out and Reflections
 


The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Tuition & Fees

Unlimited slots available
Title Price

Educating for a Sustainable Future: 5-Day Design Studio

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

$445
regular
$495

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