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. The specific agenda for the Summer Institute varies from year to year in order to provide a unique experience each summer in response to goals set by participants in order to focus on their specific teaching needs and goals.
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 2018 Summer Institute will draw upon the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals for inspiration, connecting you and your students to global movement. Topics in our institutes have included:
- Food systems
- Social justice and equity education
- Nature connection
- Climate change and action
- Pedagogical strategies of EFS: place-based education, project-based learning, service-learning
Participants interested in receiving three graduate credits for participation in the Summer Institute will register on-site through Johnson State College for an additional fee. A completed project plan or curricular unit is the typical final product required for the course.
To get a feel for the Institute check, out a sample agenda from previous year.
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.
- 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.
A few words from past participants:
“It was very refreshing to be around other individuals with common goals and intentions. My own personal experience working in public education has been making me exhausted and afraid of where the future of education is heading. I am re-energized and excited to look at the future of education with a new lens.” - 2016 Summer Institute on EFS Participant
“In over 35 years of teaching this is one of the best, most valuable workshops I have ever experienced. The schedule, facility, activities, presenters were top notch! I am hoping more of our school faculty and staff will come next year. Can’t thank you enough for all your passion and hard work!!” - 2016 Summer Institute on EFS Participant
“This Institute affirmed the strength of what I know and can do individually, as well as what the educators at my school know and can do. EFS incorporates passions, knowledge, and practices that I already have in my wheelhouse and helps me focus them.” - 2017 Summer Institute on EFS Participant