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Level 1 Workshop @ Dalian American International School, February 2016

Upon returning from their Chinese New Year break, 24 teachers, administrators and students from Dalian American International School (DAIS), China participated in a customized Level 1 Practitioners Training Session. Students had previously attended the Student Empowerment Training in August and numerous members of the faculty and administration had participated in an introduction to Systems Thinking […]

Compass Education: A Pathfinder for Change

As an organisation and a leading actor in the global movement in transformative education, Compass Education continues to reach out and connect with learning communities and organisations all over the world to advocate education for sustainable development. In December 2015, we were very fortunate to be invited by the UNESCO to share our initiative “Compass Education: A Tool to Better Understand […]

On Opportunities, from a Youth

My trip to Nanjing, China, as a student co-facilitator was an experience that taught me a vast amount about an exciting time for education and sustainability work. As well as learning a tremendous amount about myself as a student pushing for more youth empowerment in this field. I was extremely fortunate to have worked with […]

Compass Education Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Workshop at NIST International School, Bangkok

Level 1-2 @NIST

On the weekend of Sept 26-27, a diverse and inspirational group of educators gathered together for the Compass Education Level 1 and Level 2 training workshops hosted at NIST International School sponsored by EARCOS. With the lead of experienced trainers Teresa Tung (Level 1), Mike Johnston (Level 2), and new additions to the team of […]

Students Teach Teachers about Sustainability at DAIS


by Michael E. Baldwin This summer eighteen Dalian American International School (DAIS) students took part in leadership training and then provided professional development for the entire teaching staff of the school on sustainability. The leadership training which took place on August 5-6, 2015, was offered to students who demonstrated interest in leadership through summer internships […]

In Sight, in Mind: A School learns to how to turn waste into (common) wealth

The roofless, circular chicken coop was an eye-sore in the manicured courtyard of the international school campus.  Curious students were approaching the coop and reacting with loud “yucks” and holding their noses at what they saw, and smelled, inside. And that was precisely the point. The international school in China hired us to help them […]

Pulp Fiction: How finding local sources of recycled paper helped a school go green and build community

In developing countries the connections between international schools and local communities can often be tenuous. Elite international schools can be islands of prosperity and privilege amidst poor urban hinterlands. Far from sharing resources with local communities, these schools either make disproportionate claims on already-strained public infrastructure or opt out altogether by creating parallel-privatized systems of […]