The Education for Sustainability Starter Kit is a professional development tool that prepares educators and schools to start using sustainability as an integrating theme, and to catalyze school change with efficient use of existing resources through a series of self-guided learning opportunities.
The New and Updated Guide to Education for Sustainability (2015) provides an introduction and exploration of EFS practices and pedagogies. We are excited to share this FREE resource with you, follow the link to download the guide.
As we have worked with schools and individual teachers over time we collaboratively created units of study, lesson plans, and activities to engage a diversity of students in education for sustainability. We have also developed tools to assist educators in curriculum development.
BIE has some amazing project-based learning resources, including many free, downloadable templates, graphic organizers, and rubrics. Their Project-based Learning Handbook is a favorite with many of our teachers.
Best known for their pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula, the Center for Ecoliteracy has some great EFS publications , as well as a comprehensive listing of other resources.
Community Works Institute works to develop and promote exemplary teaching strategies, practices, programs and models that support students becoming caring, responsible and active members of their communities using a framework of service-learning. CWI is a Shelburne Farms' partner.
Creative Change Educational Solutions offers free sample lessons and unit outlines on multiple sustainability topics for K12 teachers. Visit www.creativechange.net and follow links to the Curriculum Resource Center (http://www.creativechange.net/what_we_do/curriculum_resource_center/).
This website provides teachers, parents, and volunteers with ideas for using children's literature to introduce economics to children. They review new books from leading publishers and makes selections for "Book of the Month" and "Top Five" categories. Unlike many of the existing websites on economics education, EconKids focuses on younger students in elementary school.
Facing the Future, out of Seattle, has some great curriculum on global issues and sustainability. Most of their resources are targeted at middle and high school, and have an environmental focus (though the units are integrated across other content areas). They have some great free resources, as well as some available for purchase.
Origins is the Midwestern regional provider of training in Responsive Classroom, as well as the creator of Developmental Designs, a framework for classroom management that extends the RC model to meet the developmental needs of students in grades 5-9. SSP believes that these practices are strongly aligned with EFS, and their use cultivates a strong sense of community and engagement for students.
This website is a resource that provides inspiration and practical ideas for K-12 teachers who seek meaningful and authentic ways to embed learning in local places. This website offers a vibrant view of place-based education and curriculum design incorporates standards, Understanding by Design and transformational educational practice.
Project Look Sharp is a is a media literacy initiative out of Ithaca College, working to promote and support the integration of media literacy and critical thinking into curricula at all grade levels and across instructional areas. They have fantastic, free curriculum guides on a broad range of sustainability topics.
Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary education that incorporate strategies for classroom management and democratic decision-making. SSP believes that this model supports many facets of EFS.
The Cloud Institute prepares K-12 school systems and their communities to educate for a sustainable future. They provide professional development to teachers and school administrators, and facilitate programming that supports schools and communities learning together.
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe developed the Understanding by Design® backwards design framework that SSP using for curriculum design. They granted us permission to adapt their 2.0 template to incorporate the lens of sustainability (see Tools section, above).
The U.S. Partnership consists of individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD). It acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator working across all sectors of American society. SSP’s Jen Cirillo is co-chair of the K-12 and Teacher Education Sector.
VT-FEED works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, the role of Vermont farms and farmers, and good nutrition. They have a variety of helpful resources available on their website, including A Guide for Connecting Farms to Schools & Communities, A Guide for Farm to School Community Action Planning, and A Guide for Using Local Food in Schools.