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Dorm Leadership

The Sustainability Compass model was shared with the students in the Dorm Leadership Council. These students make written proposals to the Dorm Administrators to make changes in the system. We had great discussions on why the Dorm Coordinator would not want to do some of the changes that the students want. It helped them realize other points of view as […]

7 Elements to Building a Sustainability & Service Learning “Ethos” at International Schools

by Laurence Myers, Sustainability & Service Learning Coordinator, International School of Kuala Lumpur Recently I was asked to speak to a visiting group of educators and educators-in-training from Macau. I rummaged through my old slides, pictures, notes and the like and put together a presentation that would probably put the world’s most hardened HS students to sleep […]

School is not a building: Sharing economies and the low-carbon school of the future

Singapore sits just above the equator and is monotonously hot and humid all year round.   It’s a long way from my native New England, with its distinct and ever-changing seasons. My Singaporean friends joke that they have two seasons: indoors and outdoors. Singapore is perhaps the most air-conditioned nation on earth. The former long-time, and […]

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 […]