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.
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.
Please note there is an additional $40 commuter fee for this program.
Please Note: All times are EDT.
9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
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.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
0 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes lunch and use of amenities and facilities. A list of local hotels and inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Credit Hours: 5
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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.