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Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability

Shelburne Farms, UP for Learning and Vermont Learning for the Future are excited to announce the 4th annual gathering of Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability (CPS).  The goal of CPS is to connect the promising efforts of Act 77 – personalized learning, flexible pathways to graduation – to that of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  School teams will link what is going on inside their classrooms to larger efforts underway, toward making a positive difference in the world. This statewide effort will connect educators and students through a range of sustainability projects designed to empower them to become actively involved in their school and communities.

CPS General Flyer


The purpose of CPS is to provide middle and high school communities with structured opportunities to:

  • Envision a socially and economically just and sustainable society by cultivating authentic youth-adult partnerships.
  • Increase student empathy, independence, perseverance, responsibility, and engagement through project-based learning.
  • Teach specific skills for leadership, facilitation, and teamwork.
  • Celebrate individuality and develop knowledge of equitable practices.
  • Enrich current pedagogical practices with more strategies for student-centered decision-making.

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability will engage educators and student teams in learning beyond the conventional school hours and walls. Throughout the year, students and educators will work with resource experts to develop and implement student-driven projects.  Once underway, they will share progress, questions and inspiration via a virtual and in-person learning community. In May 2020, teams will gather for a celebration of learning and sharing.


We welcome school teams of 6-10 students and an adult to register and begin a year-long journey with us. As in the past, the event is free for school teams, including lunch and snacks.

Register for the High School Focused Day – October 8th –

Register for the Middle Level Focused Day – October 10th

For questions about the October registration please contact Jen Cirillo at or Lindsey Halman at


NEW THIS YEAR!! – We are launching a yearlong professional learning opportunity for educators for professional development hours or 3-graduate credits through Southern New Hampshire University.  If you’re interested, please fill out this form: 

We will hold an informational session to learn more about this yearlong educator cohort on September 18th from 4-6 pm at Shelburne Farms.

For more information contact Lindsey Halman


Course costs:

  • $1,992: Graduate level course for 3 credits through SNHU
  • $1,656: Graduate level course for 45 professional development hours


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