All Staff Training: Introduction to Sustainability and Systems Thinking

Level 2 Educators Certification Workshop @ The Columbus School, Colombia 2019

Compass Education Level 2 Educators Certification Workshop

“Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation”

WORKSHOP DETAILS

When: 22-23 April 2019 (Monday and Tuesday, 7:45 AM – 3:20 PM each day)

Where: The Columbus School, Colombia

Trainers: Mike Johnston

Who should attend: Educators who have attended Level 1 training and have a firm understanding and practical experience with using the Compass Education tools and systems thinking in their classroom.

Course fee: $200 (includes certificate, materials, lunch and snack)

For queries, contact: tnikrandt@columbus.edu.co

REGISTRATION

Workshop is limited to 30 participants (if more individuals are interested, an additional future workshop may be planned).

Payment Instructions: The Columbus School will invoice participants and they can pay via wire transfer

Contact Person:Trisha Nikrandt – tnikrandt@columbus.edu.co

Hotel Option: Holiday Inn

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 is what participants who have attended level 2 have said:

“I’m inspired, refreshed, and excited about the future and our ability to make it better effectively. I really feel confident to bring these tools back to not only my classroom but other educators. I feel a sense of connection to sustainability not just in schools but in the world at large and a great desire to share this with my students and really everyone I know.” – Katelyn McDonald : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

“I feel that Compass Level  2 built really well on to our previous knowledge from Compass Level 1. The learning was well scaffolded and a strong foundation was laid to think deeper towards the end of the course.” – Candice O’Connor : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will…….

Understand:

  • Theory of change
  • The current systems structures of the world
  • The influence and power of mental models, and how they can be transformed
  • The synergy of mental models and systems structures to produce behaviour
  • Systems thinking as key to the paradigm shift in education

Be able to:

  • Identify sphere of influence and sphere of concern
  • Identify and utilize leverage points for sustainable change
  • Use Systems Thinking tools to develop an action plan for change
  • Lead change for education for a sustainable future in their school

TRAINER

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is currently Head of School at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team, he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. With his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change and educational transformation.

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Level 2 Certification Workshop, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 23-24 March 2019

Compass Education Level 2 Educator Certification Workshop

“Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation”

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When: 23-24 March 2019 (Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Where: Northbridge International School Cambodia (NISC), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Trainers: Kate Dore and Kate O’Connell

Who should attend: Educators who have attended Level 1 training and have a firm understanding and practical experience with using the Compass Education tools and systems thinking in their classroom.

Course fee: $75 for EARCOS member or $175 for non-EARCOS member
Note: Course fee is inclusive of workshop materials, certificate of attendance, daily lunches and refreshments during breaks.
Course fee is exclusive of:
– Airfare
– Accommodations
– Transportation to and from hotels/guest houses
– Shuttle to and from the airport
– Trips not related to the training

 

[highlight]Registration[/highlight]

Workshop is limited to 30 participants (if more individuals are interested, an additional future workshop may be planned). Since this is an EARCOS-Sponsored Professional Learning Weekend, seats will be prioritised for teachers from EARCOS member schools. For Non-EARCOS members, please email Craig Ziegler craig.ziegler@nisc.edu.kh for further info.

Sign Up Deadline: 3 March 2019

Payment Instruction: We receive payment by cash upon arrival on the workshop day

Contact Person: Craig Ziegler at craig.ziegler@nisc.edu.kh

Hotel Option: Anik Boutique Hotel and Spa, Phnom Penh

[highlight]Workshop Overview[/highlight]

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 is what participants who have attended level 2 have said:

“I’m inspired, refreshed, and excited about the future and our ability to make it better effectively. I really feel confident to bring these tools back to not only my classroom but other educators. I feel a sense of connection to sustainability not just in schools but in the world at large and a great desire to share this with my students and really everyone I know.” – Katelyn McDonald : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

“I feel that Compass Level  2 built really well on to our previous knowledge from Compass Level 1. The learning was well scaffolded and a strong foundation was laid to think deeper towards the end of the course.” – Candice O’Connor : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will…….

Understand:

  • Theory of change
  • The current systems structures of the world
  • The influence and power of mental models, and how they can be transformed
  • The synergy of mental models and systems structures to produce behaviour
  • Systems thinking as key to the paradigm shift in education

Be able to:

  • Identify sphere of influence and sphere of concern
  • Identify and utilize leverage points for sustainable change
  • Use Systems Thinking tools to develop an action plan for change
  • Lead change for education for a sustainable future in their school

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Pioneering Compass Education’s School Community Sustainability Transformation (SCST) at UNIS Hanoi

We’re excited to report that Compass Education (CE) has been working with the United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) to pioneer a new service: Compass Education’s School Community Sustainability Transformation (SCST). Organized as two 2-day face-to-face sessions with virtual support between and after, the SCST process is helping UNIS Hanoi and its school community develop their own holistic, systems integrated, schoolwide approach to sustainability.

Building on the VISIS pyramid, which Compass Educators who have been through Level 2 will be very familiar with, the SCST takes school communities through a proven sustainable development planning & action cycle that focuses on systems thinking and effective change strategies. This process empowers school to consider all areas in which they can have an impact on sustainability, and to prioritize initiatives that will have the greatest impact. School communities are able to develop realistic action plans that support the school’s mission and provide valuable feedback for future initiatives.

On October 18-19 CE facilitators, Teresa Tung and Scott Edwards, travelled to Hanoi to complete Session 1 with UNIS Hanoi’s sustainability team comprised of 30 community members including teachers, administrators, board members, support staff, parents and students.

     

As a result of the first session, the school community has developed a shared vision of sustainability, grounded in the school’s mission and stated values. They have also developed a customized sustainable school framework by adapting the Compass School Community Sustainability Framework prototype to align with their own strategic management and reporting structures.

Here is one of the feedback we received from the school:

Compass Education introduced us to a framework and tools around which to build a sustainability initiative tailored to our school. The facilitators were very effective in helping us to crystallise a personalised vision statement. The conceptual tools developed by Compass Education are clear, simple, and easy for a variety of stakeholders in our school community to use and understand.

Empowered with this, the UNIS Hanoi sustainability team will spend the next few months developing preliminary indicators and gathering evidence of systems that are currently in place. Teresa and Scott will return in March for Session 2 to delve into the Systems, Innovations, and Strategies levels of the VISIS Pyramid.

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