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- JSE "State of the Field" 2014
- USGBC Sustainability Benchmarks

- Useful Steps to Embed EfS

- Cloud Schools Learn Programming

- Professional Dev. Opportunities

- Upcoming Events & Conferences


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The Fish Game Facilitator's Kit 2014 Edition includes the Fish Game and instructions for  facilitating and debriefing the game, as well as the PowerPoint so that you can implement the Fish Game in your class or organization.

The Fish Game Playing Cards & SCH'ish! NEW! 2 Games in 1! This class- room set of 6 decks of cards is designed to be used along with the Fish Game Kit. Replace your paper cut outs of fish with these playing cards, and engage your students in a learning activity that transforms their thinking about the role they play in contributing to a sustainable future. Turn the cards over for SCH'ish!, the School of Fish Brain Break Game of memory and logic - fun for all ages! (Sch’ish! instructions included)


The Understanding Mental Models Facilitator's Guide & Cards Deck meet the demand for a deeper exploration (post the fish game experience) of the mental models of un-sustainability, the mental models of sustainability, and the brain based strategies for “paradigm shifting” from one to the other.


EfS Alignment Charts & Protocol

NEW! Our re-usable EfS Alignment Charts and Pre-Printed Post Its will save you time and provide the structure for the detail educators will need to move seamlessly from aligning to designing and/or innovating units of study.





2014-2015 NYSP2I Community Grant Program Request for Applications Now Open!

Interested in helping your community with a sustainability/ pollution prevention project?

NYSP2I is pleased to invite applications from community organizations, municipal departments, and other public sector and non-profit entities for support under the Community Grants Program.  The goal of the Community Grants Program is to support projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level. Applications are due Friday, Oct 10, 2014 by 5pm EDT. Learn More


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The Journal of Sustainability Education Publishes the 2014 “State of the Field” Issue

From Jaimie Cloud: I am proud to announce the first in a series of three issues of the Journal of Sustainability Education entitled, Sustainability Education:  The State of the Field.  As Guest Editor of this Journal series it has been my privilege to work with an outstanding Editorial team who designed this series for one purpose - To create benchmarks for Sustainability Education by asking the thought leaders and scholars who have created and continue to study EfS to address the following questions:

What is Education for Sustainability (EfS)?  What are the “essential ingredients” of EfS that distinguish it from other educational frameworks? What paradigms, knowledge, skills and attitudes characterize EfS?  What instructional and engagement practices are congruent? What are the favorable organizational conditions that will make it possible?  What types of school/community partnerships are key?
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Useful Steps to Embedding EfS Standards into your Core Curriculum using Backwards Design (UbD)

For those of you who understand what EfS is, who can articulate why you should do it, who are inspired and clear about the role that education plays in accelerating the shift toward sustainability… and just need some guidance on HOW to embed EfS into your core curriculum, this is for you. If you don’t yet have the tools and vocabulary you need to make sense of this, you can participate in one of our introductory professional development programs and receive follow up coaching services. Or take advantage of our “do it yourself” resources in our bookstore. The Fish Game and The EfS Curriculum Design Manual will get you started. continue reading

Coming Soon!  USGBC Center for Green Schools will Launch a New Benchmarking Platform in Early March, 2015

As a member of the Advisory Board of the USGBC Center for Green Schools, Jaimie Cloud has agreed to partner with the Center for Green Schools on their new online, interactive platform.  The new platform will give the public insight into schools in their community by featuring school-specific information related to physical and environmental conditions, occupant health and well-being, and sustainability and project-based education.  Jaimie will lead the effort to design the information this platform collects relative to EfS teaching and learning. This platform will give people a frame of reference for the essential elements of Sustainability Education (informed by the work of the thought leaders and scholars described in the aforementioned article about the State of the Field Series in the Journal of Sustainability Education); will give people benchmarks against which to assess their progress, and will provide a roadmap for schools who want to continually improve their efforts. This platform can also be a conduit for delivering on many of the recommendations made in the Center’s National Action Plan.

Cloud Schools Learns Programming

The Cloud Institute's Schools Learn Programming offers a comprehensive approach to developing whole school capacity to educate for sustainability. We support efforts to embed EfS into curriculum, instruction and assessment, and organizational learning practices, while working in partnership with the community.

This year, we are proud to announce our new partnership with the NYC Dept of Education's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. We will begin our work together this Fall with educators representing a few industry sectors with an eye to embedding Education for Sustainability across all secondary grade levels and industry sector career paths in NYC.

In the 2014-15 school year, we will also continue our work with Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS), Compass Charter School, The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, Trevor Day School and Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools in New York; Cherry Hill Public Schools and The Charles H. Bullock School in New Jersey; and Kapälama Middle School in Hawaii.

Learn more about our Schools Learn programming and our Core Services, and contact us if you'd like to discuss EfS efforts at your school.

Cloud Professional Development Opportunities

Intro to EfS Workshop - Join us for the popular Introduction to EfS One Day Workshop. Play the Fish Game, network and become inspired about the possibility of educating for a sustainable future. NJ educators earn 7 professional development credit hours for this workshop. Thursday, Oct. 2nd - 9am - 5pm at Duke Farms in Hillsborough NJ.

Apply to the New Jersey Learns Program - The NJ Learns program unites schools and communities to learn and change together to instigate, sustain, and scale up the innovations and best practices that contribute to sustainability. We are recruiting teams to learn and build sustainable communities together. Green team members, leaders from community and faith-based organizations, municipal government, local businesses, and school representatives are all invited to apply.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

September 21 - People's Climate March is committed to principles of environmental justice and equality, representing the communities that are being hit the hardest by climate change.

September 27 - The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.

October 17-19, San Rafael, CA - Join Jaimie Cloud and others for the 2014 Bioneers Summit Conference. This year's theme is, "Growing the Movement - The World We Want and How to Get There".

March 4-7, 2015, Virginia Beach, VA - The Green Schools National Conference is the only national conference bringing together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability throughout K-12 schools and school districts. Meet us at GSNC's 5th Annual gathering.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education prepares K-12 school systems and their communities to educate for a sustainable future by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered instruction. Our services include: consulting and leadership development; professional development and coaching; curriculum design, assessment, mapping, and alignment, and facilitating school and community partnerships.

We define Education for Sustainability (EfS) as a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers, and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend. EfS has multiple, positive effects on student achievement, school culture, community vitality, and ecological integrity.

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