Compass Education Level 1 and 2 Courses at International School of Manila (ISM), 6-7 September 2014

During the weekend of 6-7 September, Compass Education conducted its inaugural Compass Educator Level 1 and 2 training courses at International School of Manila (ISM), as part of the EARCOS Weekend Workshop series. According to the feedback from the attendees that we have received, both courses were very well received and we look forward to improving on them. We will also soon offer the Level 3 course (Compass Leader), which prepares and certifies participants to be trainers of the Compass and Accelerator tools.

The Level 1 course (Compass Practitioner) is designed for teachers and program leaders who want to integrate Sustainability and Systems Thinking into their teaching practice using tools such as Sustainability Compass, Behaviour Over Time Graphs, Systems Iceberg and Causal Loop Diagramming. The inaugural Compass Education Level 1: Practitioner workshop was attended by twenty teachers from several regional schools, including International School Manila (ISM), United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) and SJI International School, and was led by Ms. Teresa Tung from NIST International School, who has been using, adapting and innovating the Compass and Systems Thinking tools for PYP, MYP and DP application over the past four years.

Level 1 Course participants

The Level 2 course (Compass Educator) is designed for educators who have completed the Compass Education Level 1 course (or equivalent) with the aim of deepening their understanding of systems and sustainability theory so as to strengthen their teaching practice and roles as sustainability change agents through the incorporation and practice of systems thinking tools and methods. Level 2 course was attended by eight educators, and was facilitated by Robert Steele, who has been working with education, international organisations, private sector companies and communities to effectively use systems thinking for sustainability planning, assessment and teaching.

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Level 2 Course activity

All participants in these two workshops came away with an in-depth and hands-on experience on the practical application of Compass and systems thinking for enhancing teaching and learning and enriching the curriculum.

‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) at Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, 2013

In April 2013 we held our sixth ‘Becoming a Compass School’ workshop on the campus of Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, Chiang Mai, Thailand. This time, sixteen educators from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines participated in a four-day learning experience. The the main aim was to demonstrate a whole-school approach to sustainability in a real school setting and the use of Compass and the ISIS Pyramid to accelerate a school’s sustainability efforts. In addition, one full day was spent on use of the Sustainability Compass in classroom lessons and units, including visits to observe live classroom use of the Compass with Grade 2 and Grade 7 students. Participants were quite thrilled to interact with the students and find out what they thought about the Compass.

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Observation on the use of Compass in Grade 2, PTIS


‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) Workshop at Green School, 2012


BACS 2012 at Green School, Bali, Indonesia

The fifth ‘Becoming a Compass School’ workshop was held on the beautiful natural campus of the Green School, Bali, Indonesia on April 6-9, 2012. Joining this four-day workshop was a small but diverse group of fourteen educators from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Japan and the USA.

The primary focus of this workshop was using the Sustainability Compass as a teaching and learning tool to enhance classroom lessons, student exhibitions and projects, and with a special focus on student-led service learning in the community.  Participants got hands-on practice using the Compass and ISIS Pyramid to build an integrative community service program connecting the Green School with the surrounding Sibang Community, with special emphasis on building positive reciprocal relationships between the community and the school based on mutual trust and purpose. Participants also strengthened their understanding of the processes and tools needed to support institutional transformation in relation to sustainable development using the AMOEBA role-play game as a model for innovation diffusion and cultural change.

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Participants engage in an activity

‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) Workshop at Phuket International Academy Day School, 2011


The fourth ‘Becoming a Compass School’ workshop was held on the campus of Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS), Phuket, Thailand on March 4-6, 2011. Nineteen educators, administrators and private sector participants from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Netherlands participated in this three-day workshop to learn about the concept of sustainability, the role of schools in sustainable development, and the AtKisson Compass and ISIS Pyramid tools and methods.

P1020518The primary aim of this workshop was to allow participants to experience, through hands-on exercises and games, how to effectively integrate sustainability principles, concepts and thinking skills into their curriculum and as a whole-school approach. Participants spent one full day using the Compass and ISIS Pyramid to address one global issue (tourism) and to develop indicators and strategies for making it sustainable for an island community like Phuket. The last day of the workshop was devoted to envisioning a sustainable school from the five Compass Portals:

1) Leadership and Governance;

2) Teaching and Learning;

3) School Operations;

4) Buildings and Grounds;

5) Participation and Engagement with the Community

and developing whole-school indicators from the four Sustainability Compass points: Nature, Economy, Society and Wellbeing.


‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) Workshop at NIST International School, 2010

BACS Workshop 2010, NIST, Bangkok attendees

BACS Workshop 2010, NIST, Bangkok attendees

On November 5-7, 2010, the third ‘Becoming a Compass School’ workshop was held on the campus of NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand. A diverse group of fourteen educators, school administrators and NGO representatives from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Kyrgyzstan participated in a three-day learning experience. The workshop introduced to participants the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), along with the tools and methods of the newly initiated Compass Education (a program of the AtKisson Group), including the Compass, ISIS Pyramid, and AMOEBA. The aim of this workshop was to deepen people’s knowledge and skills for incorporating sustainability into a unit lesson using the Sustainability Compass for teaching and learning, and using the ISIS Pyramid for assisting teachers and their students with project based learning design. Having NIST, one of our early Compass School practitioners, host this workshop, allowed participants to experience first hand how this school is incorporating the Compass and Pyramid in their classrooms and primary school capstone exhibition.

Participants worked together to build the pyramid

Participants worked together to build the pyramid

‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) Workshop at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, 2010

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BACS Workshop 2010 Attendees

From May 15-16, 2010, the second ‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) introduction workshop was held on the campus of Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. By this time the Accelerator tools had gone through a re-design to better align them with the needs and organizational context of teachers and schools. This workshop was attended by eighteen international schools’ teachers and administrators, university lecturers, non-formal environmental educators and others with education interests from five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The main objective was to introduce the concept, tools and process of integrating sustainability into schools as a holistic process and approach using the re-designed ISIS Accelerator toolkit for education.

BACS participants engaged in an activity

BACS participants engaged in an activity


The Inaugural ‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) Workshop at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, 2009

The very first ‘Becoming a Compass School’ (BACS) workshop was conducted from October 10-11,  2009 on the campus of Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This was essentially the test-drive of a new idea and adaptation of the AtKisson ISIS Accelerator tools to an education and schools context; previously, the AtKisson ISIS Accelerator tools had been successfully used for over 15 years with the corporate sector and in community and city sustainable development planning.

This inaugural two-day workshop was attended by twenty-three educators hailing from schools and NGOs in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The workshop was designed to introduce educators to the ISIS Accelerator toolkit and how it might be used to assist schools with addressing sustainability education.

Inaugural ‘BACS’ Workshop at PTIS, October 2009

Inaugural ‘BACS’ Workshop at PTIS, October 2009