Antioch University New England’s MEd in Educating for Sustainability (EFS) was the focus of program co-founder Sue Gentile’s presentation at the Sustainability Education Institute in Bainbridge Island, Washington in July.
ANE’s Educating For Sustainability MEd is the first and only graduate program in the country that explicitly links sustainability and education. This program trains in-service educators nationally to apply sustainability at any grade level and every subject area.
In addition to an overview of ANE’s EFS program, Sue shared some of the master’s projects that students must complete in their schools and communities to promote and advance sustainability. These range from an oyster restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay to a school-wide sustainability assessment in Colorado. All are examples of how ANE graduate-student teachers are making positive change while earning this MEd in EFS.
Sue also provided examples from schools across the country that demonstrate how place-based, and inquiry-based problem solving is being used to integrate the three E’s of effective EFS. Participants had the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss possibilities for this in their own schools.
The Sustainability Education Institute was hosted by Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education and partners. The institute’s focus is to provide practical strategies and resources for integrating sustainability concepts into K-12 curriculum, school operations, and teacher preparation programs. The July 27 through 29 program was sold-out.