Better Teaching and Learning for a Better World Workshop at NIST International School, Bangkok

“I was really very impressed by the workshop I attended and came out a much better teacher– The Magic Compass Workshop…did I say magic? So sorry for doing so, but I shall leave it that way as this is how I personally felt. The Sustainability Compass and Systems Thinking tools were simply great!”  Testimonial by Elviz Caszo from AIT International School, Bangkok

The second 1-day Compass workshop for Early Years and Primary school teachers was a great success, again!

On January 31, 2015 the workshop was held at the wonderful campus of NIST International School, which is nestled in the heart of one of Bangkok’s busiest business districts. Thirty-eight educators and administrators from kindergartens and international schools across Bangkok participated in the inspiring day of sharing and learning. They all came with the expectation of gaining an understanding about the Sustainability Compass, the systems thinking tool, and how to implement it in their teaching practice for young learners.

The workshop was effortlessly lead by our duo Compass workshop facilitators, Kate O’Connell (PTIS) and Kath Lane (UWCSEA). Participants were enthusiastic in joining games, discussions, case examples, and small group exercises. They were also challenged to bring out ideas, share opinions and express their feelings on, for most of them, this new approach of deeper learning for their young learners.

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A series of indoor and outdoor activities like a systems charade activity, the triangle games and the sharing donut took place throughout the day and it was easy for participants to see how they could be use them in their own teaching. One of the highlights was a short visit to NIST’s amazing rooftop garden. Participants observed this unique garden through the Compass lens and chatted to Brian Johnson, one of NIST teachers who has dedicated significant time and effort with other like-minded teachers and students in creating and maintaining this fantastic garden. At the end of the day, participants left feeling inspired and confident to try to implement the knowledge and practical applications they gained from the workshop.

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With the Level 1 Practitioner Certification Workshop coming up soon in May 9-10 at UWCSEA Campus, Singapore, Compass Education is looking forward to having educators and administrators who are  interested in taking the next step towards better teaching and learning for a better world!

Compass Education Level 1: Practitioner Certification Workshop

Thinking, Learning and Acting for a Flourishing and Sustainable World

Hosted by UWCSEA East Campus, Singapore, 9-10 May, 2015


Workshop Overview

Oftentimes when it comes to approaching global issues, service and sustainability, students and teachers are left with a nagging sense of gloom-and-doom, the feeling that somehow we are all responsible for destroying the planet but with no real way of understanding the complexity of the situation or, more importantly, what to do about it.

In this course, educators will be empowered with a suite of tools developed by sustainability consultant, Alan AtKisson, to help both educators and students think critically and creatively about the bigger picture, gain a deeper understanding of sustainability, and understand our own contributions to the world. These tools and systems thinking methods will enable educators to help students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world. The course will be a mix of theory and practice; educators will see examples of these tools in practice and be invited to innovate and strengthen their lessons, units, and programs them.

 

∼ This course is Level 1 of Compass Education’s 3-level educator training program ∼

 

Enduring understanding as a result of attending this workshop:

Systems thinking enables educators to help their students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world.

  • Understand the nexus of sustainability and education
  • Be able to use systems thinking tools with students
  • Be able to integrate systems thinking into unit and lesson planning

Who should attend:

  • Teachers and program leaders who want to integrate sustainability education and systems thinking into their teaching practice.
  • Curriculum leaders and principals interested in understanding what the practical application of sustainability education looks like.
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(Click picture to download workshop flyer)

Workshop fee: 

Early bird US$299 / S$399 until 5 April;  From 6 April US$339 / S$449*

*Course fees include certificate of attendance, workshop materials, a notepad and snacks and lunch. There is a 5% discount if you are registering five or more participants. There is a 10% discount for ten participants or more.

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For more details about the workshop (timetable, direction, hotels etc.) visit the UWCSEA Centre of Education.

Workshop Trainer

Teresa Tung

Teresa Tung

Passionate about education’s role in creating flourishing futures, Teresa is a trainer with Compass Education, a non-profit equipping schools for a sustainable future. With Compass education since the inception, Teresa has been developing materials for educators and facilitating workshops for teaching and learning and whole school transformation since 2009.

Currently, she also works with young people at NIST International School in a variety of capacities: as a teacher of MYP English and DP Psychology, and coordinator of the MYP Service & Action Program and the Global Citizen Diploma. Previously, Teresa worked with students as a PYP homeroom teacher at the International School of Tianjin in China where she also served as the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Coordinator.

Teresa believes deeply in the power of collaborative networks. Most recently, she worked with the JUMP! Foundation to lead the Global Citizenship Summit for educators. Teresa is also co-creator of the Bangkok ServICE Network, which inspires, connects and empowers students and educators in the Bangkok-Pattaya region. She organized the inaugural conference for the network in 2011.

To maintain her personal well-being, Teresa travels, practices yoga, and looks after a feisty cat who uses human toilets.

Email: teresa@compasseducation.org

Compass Education Level 2: Educator Certification Workshop

Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation

Hosted by UWCSEA East Campus, Singapore, 9-10 May, 2015


Workshop Overview

In this workshop participants will explore the challenges and means of integrating sustainability values, principles and practice into education – specifically existing curriculum and school culture. Special emphasis is placed on the use of systems thinking to enhance teaching and student learning. Systems thinking tools and methods will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to explore their practical application within their own subject disciplines and as agent of change for school transformation.

The aim of the course is for participants to leave with a deeper understanding of sustainability and its alignment with the goals of education and existing curriculum requirements, in addition to gaining experience in using systems thinking tools, methods and skills in their teaching practice and own spheres of influence and roles within their school. Moreover, participants will gain a greater awareness of their own systems context and construct a personal systems action plan to leverage their sphere of influence for positive change in their school.

 

∼ This course is Level 2 of Compass Education’s 3-level educator training program ∼

 

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and interpret the sustainability paradigm challenge humanity faces from a systems thinking perspective;
  • Describe the challenges of teaching for global citizenship and sustainability;
  • Identify best practice examples for effectively integrating sustainability education into schools;
  • Demonstrate effective use and application of systems thinking tools and methods to enhance learning within the curriculum;
  • Analyze, evaluate and assess their own personal context and sphere of influence within their school and outside education-related network towards contributing to system transformation in alignment with sustainability education goals;
  • Have a personal systems action plan, built on a systems thinking approach and focused on their own sphere of influence towards effectively supporting sustainability within their school and in their education networks.

Who should attend:

Educators who have a firm understanding and practical experience with using the Compass Education tools and systems thinking in their classroom.

(Click picture to download workshop flyer)

Workshop fee: 

Early bird US$299 / S$399 until 5 April;  From 6 April US$339 / S$449*

*Course fees include certificate of attendance, workshop materials, a notepad and snacks and lunch. There is a 5% discount if you are registering five or more participants. There is a 10% discount for ten participants or more.

Payment in US dollars by PayPal

Payment in US dollars by PayPal

 

 

 

Payment in SG dollars by cheque or PayPal

Payment in SG dollars by cheque or PayPal

 

 

 

 

For more details about the workshop (timetable, direction, hotels etc.) visit the UWCSEA Centre of Education.

Workshop Trainer

Robert Steele

Robert Steele is the founder and Director of Systainability Asia, a regional consulting and training company that works to build institutional and human build capacity and systems that contribute to organizational and community sustainability.

Robert is also co-founder and team leader of a regional team of professional educators with Compass Education, a US registered non-profit working to embed sustainability and systems thinking into education systems through curriculum, pedagogy, student empowerment and a whole school approach. Robert’s formal education background is in geology, ecology and natural resource management, with a strong practical background in experiential learning and environmental education.

He has worked in the Asia region for the past 18 years with national and regional NGOs, various UN agencies, national governments, universities, schools, and private sector companies. Robert enjoys working with inspiring and passionate people, especially educators and youth. Robert’s passion and concentration is now focused on application of systems thinking in education (classrooms and school management) and in the corporate world. Drawing on his interest in systems thinking he has developed a highly effective consulting and capacity building practice for those who seek successful change strategies with tangible results. Currently Robert is now pursuing his own personal development in permaculture and sustainable living practice in northern Thailand.

Email: robert@compasseducation.org