Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy

  • July 9, 2018

Leadership Academy Overview

As we gather seasonally throughout the year, we tune in to what is happening around us in the natural world to reflect on our professional practice. Between each session, we gather virtually to dialogue about shared readings, reflect with a peer partner, or support a peer’s work.

Gathering 1: Summer - GROWTH

July 9 - 11, 2018 [3 days]

In the summer, we take a cue from the natural world and look to what is alive and growing.  We experience summer on the farm, by the lake, and in the field and forest.  We spend time together as a new group reflecting on: What brought me here? Where do I want to go?  Who am I as a leader?  What do I need to know in order to create change?  We share what is alive for us as educators and leaders in our work.  

In this gathering you will:

  • Begin developing an EFS Professional Action Plan.  In the plan you consider your individual goals, hopes, expectations.  
  • Create a systems map of your work context as a way to better understand how you might leverage change in your school or organization.  
  • Practice professional collaborative protocols to deepen your practice.

Gathering 2: Fall - CHANGE

October 26-27, 2018  [2 days]

In the fall, we consider how you can effect change and what evidence of change looks like in your educational context. Again, we are inspired by our surroundings and look to the phenological events in the fall. We awaken our senses as we explore nature’s changing landscape and inhabitants’ activities. Together, we explore narratives, ethnography, and storytelling as powerful tools toward sustainability.  

In this gathering you will:

  • Begin to reveal more of your personal practice, sharing your work with each other, seeking feedback and the wisdom from the group.  
  • Deepen your practice using reflection and collaborative protocols.
  • Learn skills of interviewing and documentation and explore how storytelling can be a tool for your systems change efforts.
  • Develop a 90-day action plan for individual research and reflection.

Gathering 3: Winter - ADAPTATION

January 31 - February 2, 2019  [3 days]

In the winter we connect the concept of adaptation in the natural world to that of leadership practice.  We explore adaptive leadership techniques to respond to changing external conditions.  Outdoors we look for patterns and use them as metaphors for your work and systems map. We explore questions like: What have I been tracking? What do I need to do differently?  What perspectives do I need?  We dive into skills and address understanding of diversity, power and privilege.  Getting out on the land, we experience winter’s gifts of quiet and how stories are revealed in a different way.

In this gathering you will:

  • Reflect on your action plans and get feedback from peers who will help you consider alternative perspectives or next steps
  • Read articles on leadership practice and reflect with peers on applications for your own context.

Gathering 4: Spring - RENEWAL

Dates TBD  [2 days]

In the spring (the close of the year-long program), we explore the concept of renewal.  For your personal and professional practice we consider sustaining the practitioner in the hard work of systems change.  The land inspires us as we look for signs of animal and plant growth, rebirth, and migration.  

In this gathering you will:

  • Develop a plan and share your commitment to sustainability work.
  • Deepen your ability to advocate for EFS
  • Celebrate and rejuvenate!!

Registration Details:

Event Location
Shelburne Farms
  • Shelburne
  • Vermont
Program Details: Cost $1500. Includes meals and accommodations; excludes travel and graduate credit. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Limited to 16 participants. Optional 5 Graduate credits at additional fee of $1000 paid d
Shelburne Farms
Contact Name
jennifer cirillo
Contact Email
[email protected]