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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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

A Great Success of One-Day Compass Workshop at PTIS

On November 29, 2014 we successfully conducted our first 1-day Compass workshop for Early and Primary years teachers on the campus of Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Twenty-four teachers and curriculum development coordinators from bilingual and international schools around Chiang Mai and as far afield as Chonburi Province participated in this engaging workshop. They came with expectations to get towards the theme: Sustainability Learning for Early Years and Primary Classroom. Compass workshop leaders Kate O’Connell (PTIS) and Robert Steele (Systainability Asia) collaborated to facilitate this fun-filled day of learning and sharing.

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DSCN6610Participants were actively engaged through a flow of games, discussions, case examples, and small group exercises lead by two Compass Workshop leaders, Kate O’Connell (PTIS) and Robert Steele (Atkisson Group). One of the highlights was the Compass system charades activity, whereby teams were randomly given community scenarios, and were then tasked with working together to create a short pantomime story linking the four Compass points (Nature, Economy, Society and Wellbeing) in a systems feedback loop. All the teachers especially liked this activity, as it was easy to see how it could be used in their own teaching. This 1-day workshop will be offered again on 31st January at NIST in Bangkok.

Participants and facilitators expressed their satisfaction with constructive feedback and evaluation towards overall implementation of the workshop and accomplishments of the workshop objectives. Participants were excited and confident to try to implement the knowledge and practical applications they gained from the workshop. One of them saying “I will work with students to surface systems and take action, also ensure that students identify and measure indicators to determine their effectiveness” or another participant said “I will look into systems when analysing exhibition topics and finding leverage points to be acted upon. This will help students to look into issues in more depth.” The facilitators themselves felt satisfied with the whole process and outcomes of the workshop. They were thrilled by how active the class were, with lots of inquiries and how the participants actively participated and engaged in the activities and games.

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Most of the participants showed further interest in joining the Level 1 Compass Educator Course to learn more about the Compass and Systems Thinking tools and how to integrate it into their classrooms.

Seeing the great success of this one-day workshop, Compass Education is looking forward to the next workshop at NIST International School on January 31, 2015!

One-Day Compass Workshop: Better Teaching and Learning for a Better World

Sustainability Learning for Early Years and Primary Classroom

Hosted by NIST International School, January 31, 2015


Workshop Overview

This one-day Compass workshop, with theme “Better Teaching and Better Learning for a Better World“,  is specially designed for Early Years and Primary school teachers who want to gain understanding on sustainability and systems thinking. It will also be a great opportunity for teachers in that level to learn on how to best integrate sustainability learning for young learners in the classroom using Compass and Systems Thinking tools and methods that is specially modified to meet that purposes.

Expected outcomes from the workshop are that the participants will gain:

  • Understanding the opportunity to build good habits in terms of sustainability now (in and through the Early Years and Primary grades)
  • Understanding that Compass is a thinking tool that can be used and adapted in many ways to achieve curricular outcomes
  • Understanding that Compass helps students understand Nature’s connection to the other aspects of life
  • Understand practical applications for inside and outside the classroom (see how the compass can strengthen what the teachers already do in the classroom)

For inquiries contact:

Ms. Watkana Thongrueng
watkana@compasseducation.org
Mobile: 0812593340

Costs: THB 2,900 (fee includes workshop materials, lunch and coffee breaks)

 

Registration closed!


Workshop Presenters:

Kathryn O’Connell (PTIS)

Kathryn O'ConnellKate is a passionate educator and learner with 17 years of classroom experience, teaching a variety of age levels including: 4 year olds, 5 year olds, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 and 7th Grade Science. Kate is originally from the United States and has taught both at home and abroad in China, Tanzania and now Thailand. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Elementary Education in 1995 and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001 also from Michigan State University. She currently teaching Grade 2 at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she is also the First Steps Coordinator. Accompanying her abroad are her husband, who is also a teacher and Sustainability Coordinator, and her two young children. Kate is an International Baccalaureate  Primary Years Program Workshop Leader and also leads other workshops including Compass Education, First Steps Writing, and Developing Your Own PLN. Kate regularly leads workshops for teachers throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. Online she has coached courses through Harvard Graduate School of Education’s WIDE World.

Kath Lane (UWCSEA)

Kath is a recent arrival to the Compass Education team, is a Primary School teacher from Britain who has a passion for educating children about nature and sustainability. She worked at Green School in Bali, Indonesia and has completed a Masters of Education in Educating for Sustainability at Antioch University in the United States.  She currently works as a Grade 5 teacher in United World College of South East Asia – East, in Singapore, where she is a member of the Sustainability Leadership Team and is actively involved in infusing sustainability education across the primary grades and beyond. She believes that through curriculum, outdoor education, service and personal/social education children can be given the passion, skills and qualities needed to make the right choices and find sustainable solutions for our world.

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

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

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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.

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