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Level 2 Educator Certification Workshop, Sept. 30-Oct.1, 2017, IS Havana, Cuba

Compass Education Level 2 Educator Certification Workshop

“Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation”

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)  8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: International School of Havana, Cuba

Trainers: Robert Steele and Michael Lees

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.

Registration : Workshop is limited to 30 participants (if more individuals are interested, an additional future workshop may be planned). Reservation, please contact Mary Carmen Navarro (office@ish.co.cu)

Sign up Deadline: September 1, 2017

Course fee:  AASSA Members: $100  |  Non-AASSA Members: $125

Course fee is inclusive of: 

  • Food: There will be light breakfast items, coffee, tea, snacks and lunch provided. (The lunch will be vegetarian and any food allergies will need to be reported on the registration form).
  • Transportation to and from hotels/guest houses in the Miramar neighborhood of Havana are provided.

Course fee is exclusive of:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Shuttle to and from the airport
  • Trips not related to the training.

Payment Instructions: Cash upon arrival

Contact Person: Mary Carmen Navarro (office@ish.co.cu)

Hotel Option: Multiple Air BnB options are available. Contact Mary Carmen Na for recommendations.

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 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 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.

Workshop Time Table

Day 1: Saturday, March 18
08:00 – Session 1: The Sustainability Paradigm Challenge
09:30 – Coffee Break
09.50 – Session 2: Teaching for Global Citizenship and Sustainability
11.30 –  Lunch Break
12:30 – Session 3: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum – Tools and Methods (Part 1)
14:00 – Coffee Break
14:20-16:00 – Session 4: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum – Tools and Methods (Part 2)

Day 2: Sunday, March 19
08:00 – Session 5:  Leveraging Your Sphere of Influence
09.30 – Coffee Break
09.50 – Session 6: Constructing Personal Action Plans
11.30 – Lunch Break
12:30-15:00 – Session 7: Action Plan Presentations and Open Space Dialogue

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