Foundations in Education for Sustainability 2022 (formerly known as Education for Sustainability: Summer Institute)

The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (Courtney Ley Photography)
Monday, July 25, 2022
Time: 9-4
Event Type: 
Educator Workshop
Location: Shelburne, VT
Fee: $600, includes light breakfast and lunch. Optional accommodations. Optional 3 graduate credits for additional fee.

Spend five rich days with colleagues from around the country at an informative and restorative institute created to give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Education for Sustainability. This week is part conference, part workshop, part retreat.

Designed to be dynamic and democratic, the Institute offers teachers the time and space to develop projects of personal interest while providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and other leaders in the field of Education for Sustainability. Interactive sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, peer-to-peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on learning experiences, and large and small group discussions. Our overall goal is to ensure participants have the opportunity to develop connections between curriculum and community, work and dialogue together, and reflect in an inspiring setting that models sustainability and systems-thinking.

The agenda for the Summer Institute varies from year to year in order to provide a unique experience for participants. We design the agenda to align with your specific learning goals and teaching contexts.

To get a feel for the Institute check out this sample agenda from a previous year.

Course Goals/Objectives

Educators attending this course will:

  • Gain familiarity with and practice the skills to apply Education for Sustainability as a unifying framework for education that helps students contribute to creating a healthy economic, social and environmental future for their communities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of sustainability, promising practices and big ideas (concepts) and its application in formal and non-formal education settings to address social, environmental and economic issues.
  • Deepen understanding of complex systems and systems dynamics in social and ecological contexts.
  • Understand and practice the strategies and pedagogies employed for integrating sustainability into schools (curriculum development, campus ecology, collaboration, and community partnerships).
  • Build knowledge about community sustainability efforts, resources, and opportunities to integrate them into curriculum.

Watch more about our climate change education in the elementary classroom:

Registration Details: 

Registration is required.


Participant Fee: $600, includes light breakfast and lunch each day. 
Limited on-site accommodations are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
Rooms are double occupancy with a shared bath.

Scholarships may be available on a need-based scale. Participants interested in receiving three graduate credits for participation in the Summer Institute will register on-site for an additional fee. A completed project plan or curricular unit is the typical final product required for the course.

For Institute questions, please contact Director of Professional Development Jen Cirillo at [email protected] or 802-985-0315.

For registration and scholarship questions, please contact [email protected].

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