Programs For Educators

Why participate in professional learning at Shelburne Farms? Find out in this video, as educators reflect at our Summer Institute on Educating for Sustainability. They capture the spirit of all our professional learning programs.

Shelburne Farms’ professional learning programs prepare PK-12 educators to facilitate learning experiences for students with a lens of sustainability.  All of our programs support you in educating for a more healthy and just future. Grounded in the pedagogies of Education for Sustainability, we endeavor to support educators to see themselves as agents of change in a dynamic system.  Together we’ll cultivate a sense of joy and wonder for the world around us and share strategies to connect you and your students to social-ecological communities. Our team uses a research-based, relationship-driven approach to professional learning that supports you in building content knowledge, deepening your practice, accessing resources and making connections to your schools or organizations.

Our educator workshops are offered throughout the year, with many programs in the summer. To bring you the richest programming, we offer many of these workshops in partnership with other organizations. Many of our programs can be taken for graduate continuing education credits. For questions, please contact our Director of Professional Development, Jen Cirillo.

Download our 2018 Professional Development Flyer

 

Workshops

ABCs of Farm-Based Education:  Spend three days in hands-on, discussion and activity-based learning and explore Shelburne Farms’ dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. This workshop is designed for farmers, farm-based educators, and non-formal educators.

Digging Deeper with Our Farm Connections: Calling all early childhood educators! Join us for a discovery and discussion of integrating cooking and connecting gardens and farms to your classroom.   You’ll have an opportunity to explore one of these three exciting tracks with shared learning in the morning and discussions and applications for your own practice in the afternoon.

Digital Storytelling for Community Engagement and Sustainability: Join VT Folklife Center and Shelburne Farms for a deep dive into tools and techniques for digital storytelling to engage students and communities in sustainability. 

Education for Sustainability Immersion: For those already have a strong foundation in Education for Sustainability, our two-day Immersion will provide you with the opportunity to reflect, learn, and collaborate with a small group of colleagues from across the country in a residential, retreat-like setting here at Shelburne Farms.

Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy & Wonder: A week long exploration of hands-on activities, shared learning, and facilitated discussions to engage and inspire curriculum for early learners.

The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability: 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. 

 

Year-Long Programs

Climate Resiliency Fellowship:  A year-long professional learning opportunity for educators committed to learning and teaching about climate change through interdisciplinary and place-based approaches.

Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy: A year-long, residential, leadership academy that brings together education leaders to form a peer network committed to better aligning education towards the goals of ecological integrity, economic vitality, and social justice. 

Forest for Every Classroom: Get inspired, learn, and gain the skills to use place-based education to transform your classroom.

Northeast Farm to School Institute: The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. Our year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms.

Watershed for Every Classroom: A year-long professional development experience for K-12 educators in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont, New York and Québec, brought to you by CBEI - the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. 

 

School-Based Programming

Sustainable Schools Project: Engage your students and improve your school using sustainability as an integrating context for your school’s curriculum, community partnerships, and campus practices.

Vermont FEED: Raise your school and community’s awareness about healthy food, the role of Vermont farms and farmers, and good nutrition.

 

View all of our Farm events.

 

Upcoming Workshops

  • May
    24

    Digging Deeper with Our Farm Connections

    Thursday, 9:00AM-4:30PMEducator Workshop

    Looking for ways to integrate your classroom curriculum in the garden?  Or are you hoping to connect with a local farm and not sure how or want to hear how others are connecting classrooms to...

  • Jul
    9 to 13

    Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy & Wonder

    Monday to Friday, 9:00 am–4:30 pmEducator Workshop

    Are you looking for new ways to connect your program to the community outside of your classroom? Join us at the Farm for hands-on, interdisciplinary activities and explore ways in which these can be...

  • Jul to May
    9 to 4

    Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy

    Monday to Saturday, all dayEducator Workshop

    A year-long, residential, leadership academy for those wishing to be part of a learning community exploring education for sustainability, systems thinking, and school transformation. ​ Our hope is...

  • Jul to May
    16 to 4

    Watershed for Every Classroom 2018-2019

    Monday to Saturday, Year-long Program Educator Workshop

    Watershed for Every Classroom (WEC) is a year-long professional development experience for K-12 educators in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont, New York and Québec, brought to you by ...

  • Jul
    23 to 27

    The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability

    Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm Educator Workshop

    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...

  • Oct
    20 to 21

    Cultivating Joy & Wonder Alumni Group

    Saturday to Sunday, All DayEducator Workshop

    Join a learning community of Cultivating Joy & Wonder (CJ&W) for Early Learners alumni. Educators like you, who were inspired by the community that was formed at CJ&W and are looking...

  • Oct
    21 to 23

    ABCs of Farm-Based Education October 21-23, 2018

    Sunday to Tuesday, All DayEducator Workshop

    This workshop is designed for farmers, farm-based educators, and non-formal educators. Are you looking to build a farm-based education program, or inspire your existing programming? At this workshop...

Recent Workshops

Sorry you missed these workshops. Most are offered annually, so check back often for updates, or contact Jen Cirillo ([email protected]) for more information.
  • May
    24

    Digging Deeper with Our Farm Connections

    Thursday, 9:00AM-4:30PMEducator Workshop

    Looking for ways to integrate your classroom curriculum in the garden?  Or are you hoping to connect with a local farm and not sure how or want to hear how others are connecting classrooms to...

  • Apr
    17

    The Farm as a Classroom: Fostering Farm-to-School Partnerships in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties

    Tuesday, 4-6 PMEducator Workshop, Adult Program

    Join farmers, teachers and community organizations from Northwest Vermont on April 17 and build your farm to school toolbox! Learn farm-based education activities you can adapt to your farm...

  • Apr
    14

    Cultivating Farm to Early Childhood

    Saturday, 9:00AM—5:00PMEducator Workshop

    Cultivating Farm to Early Childhood (FTEC) is an opportunity for Family Child Care, Head Start, Center-Based and Public Pre-K educators to explore and expand their personal and professional knowledge...

  • Mar
    23 to 24

    Digital Storytelling for Community Engagement and Sustainability

    Friday to Saturday, This program begins at 10AM on Friday, March 23rd and ends at 4:00PM on Saturday, March 24th. Educator Workshop

    Join Vermont Folklife Center and Shelburne Farms for a deep dive into tools and techniques for digital storytelling to engage students and communities in sustainability.  Together we'll...

  • Mar
    12 to 14

    ABCs of Farm-Based Education March 12-14, 2018

    Monday to Wednesday, All DayEducator Workshop

    Are you looking to build a farm-based education program, or inspire your existing programming? At this workshop, you'll fill your toolbox with kid-tested, educator approved...

  • Mar
    9 to 11

    ABCs of Farm-Based Education March 9-11, 2018

    Friday to Sunday, All DayEducator Workshop

    Are you looking to build a farm-based education program, or inspire your existing programming? At this workshop, you'll fill your toolbox with kid-tested, educator approved...