Educating for a Sustainable Future: 5-Day Design Studio

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Rhinebeck, NY

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Educating for a Sustainable Future: 5-Day Design Studio

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Rhinebeck, NY

Program Tuition

member

$445

regular

$495

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.

The program’s first day, Introduction to Education for Sustainability, is also available as a one-day option for a tuition cost of $149 ($134 Members). To learn more, click here. Both the 1-day and 5-day programs are also offered online via livestream.

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.

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: All times are EDT.

SUNDAY

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)

MONDAY

9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Commuter check-in

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.
Break

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.

TUESDAY

10:00 a.m.–11:00 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.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 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?

  • Presentation, Education for Sustainability (EfS) Framework: This session will introduce the EfS framework, including the core content and habits of mind of EfS.
  • Getting Started: View EfS Curriculum Design Manual, exemplars, and plan the week’s work.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Break

2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Work Time or Workshop

  • Work Time: Identify target audience, enduring understandings, and learning outcomes for design project.
  • Professional Development Workshop: 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.

3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Q&A

WEDNESDAY

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Check-in

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Work Time and Coaching

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

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Break

2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Work Time or Workshop

  • Work Time
  • Professional Development Workshop: 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.

3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Q&A

THURSDAY

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Check-in

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Work Time or Coaching (choose 1)

  • 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.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Work Time or Workshop

  • Work Time: Design work continues.
  • Professional Development Workshop:
    • 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.

    3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Q&A

    FRIDAY

    10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
    Check-in

    10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Work Time or 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.

    1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
    Break

    2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Peer Reviews

    Participants will provide feedback to one another using the ‘Critical Friends’ protocol.

    3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Close Out and Reflections

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

Program Tuition

member

$445

regular

$495

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

Stay With Us


Accommodations cover your room, lunch each day, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, paddling on the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.

A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).

Commute

5 nights commuter fee
$200.00

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: 25

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.

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