The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability

  • The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (Courtney Ley Photography)
  • The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (SF Staff)
  • The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (SF Staff)
  • The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (SF Staff)
  • The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability (SF Staff)

Save the Date: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 2019


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 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.

The 2019 Summer Institute will use the lens of sustainability to focus on local, regional and global food systems.  Topics might include:

  • Food Systems Education
  • Culturally Sustaining Nutrition
  • Ecological, Economic and Cultural Connections
  • Cultivating Food Sovereignty 
  • Climate Change and Civic Action
  • Sustainable Food System Learning Journey

To get a feel for the Institute check, out a sample agenda from 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.


Program Details:

Cost $600, includes light breakfast and lunch each day.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available.  A scholarship application must be completed prior to registering.  Limited on-site accommodations are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Rooms are double occupancy with a shared bath at $65/night. 

Participants interested in receiving three graduate credits for participation in the Summer Institute will register on-site through Northern Vermont University - Johnson Campus for an additional $600 fee. A completed project plan or curricular unit is the typical final product required for the course.

For additional registration and scholarship questions, please contact Kelly Foster at [email protected].  For Institute questions, please contact Jen Cirillo, [email protected]  or 802-985-0315.

Climate Change Education in the Elementary Classroom from Shelburne Farms on Vimeo.