COMPASS EDUCATION LEVEL 1: PRACTITIONER
“Thinking, Learning & Acting for a Flourishing & Sustainable World”
When: January 26-27, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: UWCSEA East Campus (Conference Room 3), Singapore
Trainers: Adam Erickson and Kath Lane
Who should attend: Teachers and leaders who want to integrate sustainability education, tackle complex global issues, and implement systems thinking into their everyday practice. It would also be of value to curriculum leaders and principals interested in understanding what the practical application of sustainability education looks like.
Course fee: US$327 / SG$449*
Note: Course fees include certificate of attendance, workshop materials, a notepad, snacks and lunch. There is a 5% discount if you are registering three or more participants. There is a 10% discount for five participants or more.
Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Please note that payment information is provided on the registration form. For additional inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
This course is Level 1 of Compass Education’s 2-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.
As a result of this training, educators will….
- What sustainability is, including the four systems conditions
- The nexus of sustainability and education
- The importance of complexity and systems in interpreting the world
- The concept of systems
Be able to:
- Use Systems Thinking tools with students
- Use Systems Thinking tools in their personal lives
- Integrate Systems Thinking into unit and lesson planning
This is what participants who have attended level 1 have said:
“Thanks for one of the most useful PD sessions I have attended in my 20+ years as a teacher!”
“I used to think that the concept of sustainability was a bit of a pipe dream – now I believe it is achievable.”
“I used to think that sustainability was just about nature and the environment and so I am so excited to find it is connected to all the other compass points and allows a deeper level of thinking in education and beyond to deal with complex issues through systems thinking.”
“I used to think that sustainability was all about the Compass but now I know that it is just one tool to frame thinking and can be used along with the other thinking tools. I also didn’t think that systems thinking would be so difficult, but now I know there are a lot of factors to consider. I will need to practice this!”
About Adam Erickson
Adam is from Seattle, Washington and has been teaching overseas since 2008. He has been at UWCSEA East Campus since 2012, where he currently teaches Spanish and serves as the grades 6-12 Environmental Stewardship Coordinator. Adam became interested in Compass Education as a method of coaching students in planning meaningful and sustainable environmental action. However, he quickly found that he needed it every bit as much as they did! Adam feels that a major win of using Compass tools at UWCSEA has been the common language it provides to students and educators alike at all grade levels. In addition to sustainability, Adam’s passions include urban gardening, soccer and cycling.
About Kath Lane
Kath Lane is a Primary School teacher from the UK 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. Her most recent position was a Grade 5 teacher in United World College of South East Asia – East, in Singapore, where she was also Environmental Stewardship Coordinator and was 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.
Day 1: Saturday, 26 January
08:30-10:00 – Session 1: Why are we here?
10:00-10:20 – Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 – Session 2: Practical introduction and use of the Compass
12:00-12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 – Session 3: Compass theory and application
14:30-14:45 – Coffee Break
14:45-16:00 – Session 4: Compass theory and application continued…
Day 2: Sunday, 27 January
08:30-10:00 – Session 5: An introduction to systems thinking
10:00-10:20 – Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 – Session 6: An introduction to systems thinking continued….
12:00-12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45-13:45 – Session 7: Innovations & Strategies
13.45-15.00 – Session 8: Final reflections and take-aways