EFS Immersion - Online

  • July 7, 2021
  • 9am ET
  • July 30, 2021
  • 11:00am ET

Reflect, learn, and collaborate online with a group of teacher colleagues from across the country and globe, as you dive deeply into your sustainability work.  Our month-long Immersion program blends a design studio feel with self-directed learning.  For those who already have a strong foundation in Education for Sustainability.

Each module will explore a different essential question:
Module 1: What is Education for Sustainability?
Module 2: How do we design and educate for sustainability?
Module 3: How is place part of who we are? How does who we are impact how we teach?
Module 4: What can I offer, what can I gain from a network of EFS leaders?

This course is action-oriented with an expectation that participants will create an EFS portfolio that includes an EFS Action Plan, an EFS unit or project design, and a Sustainability Ethics and Values Statement.

For other online opportunities with Shelburne Farms summer, see:

Course Goals and Objectives

Educators in this course will:

  • Deepen your understanding about EFS in order to:
    • identify the associated pedagogies,
    • analyze and evaluate curriculum
  • Design and create EFS projects/curriculum with student voice and community relevancy.
  • Share your sustainability ethic and values as a practitioner.
  • Using a sustainability lens, self-assess your values in comparison to EFS key competencies.
  • Practice leadership skills and reflect on agency and collaborative capacities
  • Apply principles of systems thinking to your teaching and learning context and your practice to elevate strengths or make change in their systems.
  • Engage in a network of educators and leaders- within this course and and in your own setting - working collectively at a variety of scales to shift systems to wholeness, equity, and joy.


  • Jen Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
  • Aimee Arandia Østensen, Professional Learning Facilitator, Shelburne Farms
  • Emily Hoyler, Professional Development Coordinator, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, University of Vermont

Registration Details: 


Registration required; additional registration for graduate credit through the University of Vermont
Participant Fee: $250, excludes graduate credits. 

Scholarships may be available on a need-based scale. Please fill out the scholarship application prior to registering for the program.

Optional three graduate credits for an additional fee. $705 for in-state and $900 for out-of-state paid via Shelburne Farms; there are no refunds available for graduate credits. 

For program and graduate credit questions, please contact Jen Cirillo at [email protected] or 802-985-0315.

For registration and scholarship questions, please contact [email protected].

Event Location
$250, excludes graduate credits.
Shelburne Farms
Contact Name
Jen Cirillo
Contact Email
[email protected]