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.
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.
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.