Level 1 Certification Workshop @ The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C., Mexico

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Compass Education Level 1 Practitioner Certification Workshop

“Thinking, Learning & Acting for a Flourishing & Sustainable World”

Workshop Details

When: January 26-27, 2018 (Friday and Saturday) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C., Mexico

Trainers: Mike Johnston and Stefanie McGrath

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:  75 USD for Tri Association Members / 100 USD for non-members

Payment by bank deposit, please see registration form for payment instruction. Course fee is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, snacks, course materials and certificate of attendance). Please note that we will be serving vegetarian meals.


Workshop is limited to 30 participants (if more individuals are interested, an additional future workshop may be planned).

Register HERE

For additional inquiries, please contact Ms Mary Anne O’Connor at

Hotel options:

Compass Conference Rate (breakfast included):
Single (King) $1350MXN +IVA/ Double Room (2 beds) $1400 + IVA
Walking distance from school, transport available hotel-school
Aloft tel: 1598-8800 ext 315; Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturdays 9am to 2pm
Contact: Rosa Perez
Mention Compass Conference at American School for the conference rate.

Other hotel options near the school but require transportation from hotel to school:

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 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….

  • 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

This is what participants who have attended level 1 have said:

“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!”
“Thanks for one of the most useful PD sessions I have attended in my 20+ years as a teacher!”


Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston helps lead schools towards greater sustainability and improved learning. He has empowered students, teachers and leaders in the places he has worked such as Canada, Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Qatar and Singapore to know they really can make a difference in the world. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team, he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.


Level 1 Workshop Timetable
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