Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Educating for a Sustainable Future

The Cloud Institute's EfS Curriculum Design Studio

Aug 04 - Aug 09 2019 Rhinebeck, NY
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Housing is limited; register online as a commuter or call Omega at 877.944.2002 to inquire about campus accommodations. View our list of local hotels and inns.

Educate your students for the healthy and sustainable future we want—and meet academic standards, increase engagement, and improve performance.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education prepares pre-K-16 school systems by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered, place-based, inquiry-based, and project-based instruction.

Research shows that the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework has multiple positive effects on student achievement, commitment to democratic participation, teacher effectiveness, and school culture.

In this 5-day curriculum design studio, we use backward design, or Understanding by Design, to reorient, innovate, build, and map curricula designed to meet academic standards and EfS standards, performance indicators, and enduring understandings—without additional class time or add-ons.

Educators, curriculum specialists, administrators, and program designers learn what EfS is and how to embed EfS into curricula, assessments, performance criteria, and performance tasks. Gain access to expertise, resources, and tools to re-orient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you develop units and protocols that prepare students to participate in, and lead with us, the shift toward a sustainable future.

For those interested in attending the one-day Introduction to Education for Sustainability session on Monday only, click here for more information.

More Information

$33 materials fee; include when you register.

Schedule

Please note there is a special schedule for this course:

SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
 
MONDAY
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Introduction and "The Fish Game" Simulation
This hands‐on workshop engages participants in an interactive, replicable learning experience that combines systems thinking tools with interdisciplinary content for a deeper understanding of our role in moving toward a sustainable future. A discussion of ‘mental models that contribute to sustainability’ and ‘behaviors and strategies that contribute to sustainable outcomes’ provide participants with a hopeful paradigm for education and community action.
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Quality of Life Indicators
What is an indicator of progress? What indicators do we currently use in our society? Are these the best measures of our quality of life and, if not, what would be better measures?
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. “Diminishing Resources” Activity
How can you, your colleagues, and your students use systems thinking to address problems? How do you know you are distinguishing the problem from the system? How can you ensure that you don’t make your problem worse in the long run and create new problems? This session will make use of critical systems thinking tools of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in order to create a framework for effectively identifying and solving problems.
3:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Natural Laws and Principles
What are the operating instructions for the planet? Are we abiding by them? Do we have a choice?
 
TUESDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Introductions and Overview of the Week’s Activities
Meet, greet, and identify participants who might form affinity groups during the week. Review of Studio agenda and goals, design workbook, and resources available from the Cloud library and the Cloud Commons digital library. Participants will be given the wireless code for the facility and asked to begin developing their Work Plan—either online or in hardcopy.
10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Presentation: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Framework
Why educate for a sustainable future? This session will introduce the EfS framework, including the core content and habits of mind of EfS.
11:00 a.m.–Noon Getting Started
Find and set‐up work spaces, view exemplars, and plan the week’s work.
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (Choice #1)    Work Time
Identify target audience, enduring understandings, and learning outcomes for design project.
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (Choice #2)    Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud
Backwards Design Process: Jaimie will walk through the backwards design process and address questions regarding the Curriculum Design Components and the EfS Design Worksheets and Templates. For those who haven’t become familiar with and chosen EfS Standards, performance indicators, and Enduring Understandings to work with, they can do so in this session. In addition, we will cover how to conduct a strengths assessment and analysis. Work time will be included.
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Work Time and Coaching
Work Time: Design lessons and units, assessments, rubrics, mapping curriculum, sketches, and pacing calendars. Vertical and lateral curriculum mapping (teams) and integration of EfS across curriculum and project plans.
Coaching: Receive one‐on‐one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions, and promote idea generation.
 
WEDNESDAY
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Check-in
9:30 a.m.–Noon Work Time and Coaching
Get familiar with and begin using EfS Design Tools, Templates, and Exemplars
  • EfS Standards and Enduring Understandings
  • Design Worksheets
  • Unit Overview Template
  • Lesson Templates
  • View Exemplars
Work on Maps, Design Worksheets, and Unit Overview Template (for interdisciplinary grade level teams, we recommend reviewing the EfS Grade Level Curriculum Alignment Grid to look for interdisciplinary connections)
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (Choice #1)    Work time
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (Choice #2)    Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud
Overview ‐ Assessments that Produce Learning: Assessments should produce learning—not just measure it. In this mini‐session we will explore the attributes of assessments that produce learning, and participants will conduct a self‐assessment on their own assessment practices. We will then talk about our findings and the implications for the design work in which we are engaged.
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Work Time and Coaching
Work Time: Design lessons and units, assessments, rubrics, mapping curriculum, sketches, and pacing calendars. Vertical and lateral curriculum mapping (teams) and integration of EfS across curriculum and project plans.
Coaching: Receive one‐on‐one consulting to assist with thinking deeply about your design and development work, make resource recommendations, ask critical questions, and promote idea generation.
 
THURSDAY
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Check-in
9:30 a.m.–Noon Work Time and Coaching
Design work and coaching continues.
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Choice #1)    Work Time
Design work continues.
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Choice #2)    Professional Development Workshop w/ Jaimie Cloud
Part I ‐ Assessing for the Attributes of EfS: Participants will learn how to design performance assessments that produce learning and evidence of student learning outcomes in EfS. (Please bring current work with you so we can work with your outcomes.)
Part II ‐ Analyzing Student work for Evidence of EfS: Participants will analyze student work exemplars for evidence of EfS to practice recognizing what performance indicators look like in student work products.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Work Time and Coaching
Design work and coaching continues.
 
FRIDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Peer Reviews
Participants will provide feedback to one another using the ‘Critical Friends’ protocol.
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Note making, revisions work time and coaching
11:30 a.m.–Noon Close out
1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Meet the Teachers

  • Jaimie P. Cloud is founder and president of the Cloud Institute and author of the Education for S ...

Tuition & Fees

Housing is limited; register online as a commuter or call Omega at 877.944.2002 to inquire about campus accommodations. View our list of local hotels and inns.

Title Price

Educating for a Sustainable Future

$445
regular
$495

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

This workshop has no more housing available. Please consider Commuter option.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 5 Nights

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 495.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 590.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 790.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 750.00

B Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 865.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 975.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1065.00

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1200.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 1370.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 865.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 1260.00

$200.00

5 Nights Commuter Fee

If you are a commuter not staying in Omega accommodations, this non optional fee covers Omegas overhead costs, all meals, and use of the facilities, which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all guest services. An off-campus referral list is available.

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

 

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Continuing Education

Credit Hours: 29

Certificate of Attendance$25
WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board)$50.00

Learn More About Continuing Education Credits

Introduction to Education for Sustainability (One-Day Option)

Those wishing to attend only the first day (Monday) of this program may do so for a tuition cost of $149.

This tuition includes meals. Housing is not included.

To register, call 877.944.2002

For those attending the full program, attendance at the Monday session is required. 

To view the Monday schedule, click here.   

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