The Cloud Institute’s mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future. We monitor the evolving thinking and skills of the most important champions of sustainability, and transform them into educational materials and a pedagogical system that inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way. We believe that K-12 education can substantially influence beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors related to sustainability. This is the most fertile ground for helping to shape a society committed to sustainable development. We develop in young people and their teachers the new knowledge and ways of thinking needed to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend.

What We Offer

Our work with schools, school systems, and Higher Education institutions all revolves around the curriculum, instruction, and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability, as well as the strategic planning, organizational, and leadership development that is required.

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Introduction to Education for Sustainability

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of sustainability and Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  • Generate personal rationales for educating for sustainability
  • Become inspired and hopeful about contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future through education

Day one is designed to increase participants’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of core concepts, content, and habits of mind that characterize sustainability and EfS.

On day two, we go deeper with EfS standards and performance indicators and begin an informal EfS curriculum alignment process. We map participants’ findings to determine where EfS content, skills, and attitudes are aligned to existing curriculum to determine where to conduct a strengths assessment and/or embed EfS into units of study.

Scheduled PD Offerings

Equity in Education: Can we educate for sustainability without educating for diversity, equity, and inclusion?

December 1, 2020 @ 12:00 – 1:00pm ET

What do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Educating for Sustainability (EfS) have to do with one another? Where are the “twofers”—the power standards that are rich enough to do both? What does it look like to deliver instruction that honors DEI and also prepares students to participate in, and lead with us, the shift toward a sustainable future? In this webinar, we will explore these and other questions about the intersection of EfS and DEI and discuss unit exemplars that honor both.

Presented by: Jaimie P. Cloud, Founder and President of The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and Robert Greene, Principal at Cedar & Burnwell Strategic Consulting.

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