Level 2 Certification Workshop, Guadalajara, Mexico, 25-26 January 2019

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Compass Education Level 2 Educator Certification Workshop

“Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation”

Workshop Details

When: 25-26 January 2019 (Friday and Saturday) 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

Trainers: Mike Johnston and Stefanie McGrath

Who should attend: Educators who have attended Level 1 training and have a firm understanding and practical experience with using the Compass Education tools and systems thinking in their classroom.

Course fee: 85 USD (Tri-Association members) or 110 USD (non-members)

Course fee is inclusive of certificate of attendance, breakfast, lunch, snacks and workshop materials. Please note we will be serving vegetarian meals.


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

Sign Up Deadline: 

Payment Instruction: We receive payment by bank transfer. Please note that places are secured once payment is made. Due to the cost and registration of this program, once payment is submitted, there will be no refund. If an individual is unable to attend, another representative from their school can take their place. Bank details is provided in the registration link above.

Contact Person: Mary Anne O’Connor at

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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 the 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 is what participants who have attended level 2 have said:

“I’m inspired, refreshed, and excited about the future and our ability to make it better effectively. I really feel confident to bring these tools back to not only my classroom but other educators. I feel a sense of connection to sustainability not just in schools but in the world at large and a great desire to share this with my students and really everyone I know.” – Katelyn McDonald : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

“I feel that Compass Level  2 built really well on to our previous knowledge from Compass Level 1. The learning was well scaffolded and a strong foundation was laid to think deeper towards the end of the course.” – Candice O’Connor : March 12-13, 2016 Workshop Participant @ NIST, Bangkok.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will…….


    • Theory of change
    • The current systems structures of the world
    • The influence and power of mental models, and how they can be transformed

The synergy of mental models and systems structures to produce behaviour

  • Systems thinking as key to the paradigm shift in education

Be able to:

  • Identify sphere of influence and sphere of concern
  • Identify and utilize leverage points for sustainable change
  • Use Systems Thinking tools to develop an action plan for change
  • Lead change for education for a sustainable future in their school


Mike JohnstonMike Johnston is currently Head of School at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. 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. With his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change and educational transformation.

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