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Going Beyond "Buy-in" - Integrating Sustainability with All Faculty and Staff

Track: 07: Holistic, Healthy and High-Performing: Whole School Sustainability from Top to Bottom
Format: Breakout Session
Full Description: The Sustainable Schools Project of Shelburne Farms has been providing professional development to educators to integrate sustainability into their teaching, the behavioral practices and physical landscape of schools nationwide and globally. We have seen schools find success in establishing the vision and goals for Education for Sustainability at their schools, and then encounter many challenges in making that vision come alive and become fully integrated into school culture. Together with representatives from our partner schools, we’ll share specific facilitation, reflection, and organizational strategies for supporting faculty and staff development to integrate sustainability into their own practice. Through many years of on-the-ground work, we have refined a professional learning framework that addresses shifting culture and teaching practice through effective, on-going relationships. We will share examples from the sustainability coordinator at a Washington, DC public charter school, Mundo Verde Bilingual Charter School, and the principal and a teacher at a rural elementary school in Newbury, VT. Together, we’ll explore how to grapple with the challenges of integrating Education for Sustainability within the constantly shifting landscape of education standards and with diverse opinions about the value of sustainability integration in our public schools.

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