Winter 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In Vermont, we’re enjoying ‘the winter that wasn’t’!  We are excited to share this latest newsletter with you.  In this issue we focus on authentic assessment, and bring you stories from two teachers working to create these opportunities for students, as well as hearing from some students themselves.  We’ve also included a look at current trends in state standards, and a resource review, which we hope will become a regular feature.

In December, I attended an Understanding by Design® (UbD) & The Common Core training hosted by Grant Wiggins and Authentic Education.  The training was an inspiring introduction to the Common Core, its alignment to UbD, and its role in school reform.  I came away from the training with more clarity on using the UbD template, and the role of standards in education.  I’ve shared some of the highlights from this training in my piece on Standards in this issue.  As a result of my new thinking about using UbD, I’ve updated the EFS UbD to version 2.1, it can be downloaded from our site from the Tools & Resources page: 

Don’t miss the last page of this issue– check out our new resources and the dates for our 2012 summer workshops.  We have a new offering this summer:  The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability.  Whether you’ve come to an EFS Institute in the past, or you’re new to our trainings, this one is for you.  Hope to see you there!

Download the Winter 2012 Newsletter here!



Emily Hoyler

Sustainable Schools Project

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