Teaching and Learning

Resources for those involved in bringing knowledge of living systems and sustainability to K-12 audiences.


The Center leads systems change initiatives, publishes original books and resources, facilitates conferences and professional development, and provides strategic consulting. We work at multiple levels of scale, with local, regional, state, and national programs.

The Center supports leaders in cultivating conditions for social impact and sustainable systemic change. Major projects include California Thursdays®, their implementation strategy for healthy, freshly prepared school meals from California-grown food, advanced through our statewide network of school districts serving more than 334 million meals a year. Their Education for Sustainable Living seminars have attracted participants from five continents and 40 states.

They have authored or co-authored eight books, including Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World; Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability; and Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence. Their Rethinking School Lunch Guide has provided structure and insight for districts across the country. Their online educational resources include Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment; Making the Case for Healthy, Freshly Prepared School Meals; and the discussion guide for the Academy award-nominated documentary, Food, Inc.

Learn more at https://www.ecoliteracy.org/

Cloud Institute

The Cloud Institute works with schools revolve around the curriculum, instruction, and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability (EfS). It also provides the strategic planning and leadership development support required for lasting school change.

The Institute equips students, teachers, and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend.

Learn more at https://cloudinstitute.org/

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