Level 2 Workshop, Guatemala, 20-21 May 2017

Compass Education (Educator) Certification Workshop
Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation

Workshop Details

20-21 May, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, hosted by Colegio Interamericano
Colegio Interamericano, 2nd Floor of the Library
Boulevard la Montaña Finca el Socorro, Zona 16
Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala
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.
$100 (includes certificate of attendance, workshop materials, transportation to and from the Biltmore Hotel, snacks and lunch)
Click here for payment instruction
Registration open now until May 7, 2017
Click here for how to sign up for the workshop
Theresa LeValley
Academic Support Coordinator of Colegio Interamericano de Guatemala
Coming soon

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 course is Level 2 of Compass Education’s 2-level educator training program.

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.”
“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.”

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 Registration
Registration open now until May 7, 2017. Workshop is limited to 32 participants (if more individuals are interested, an additional future workshop may be planned).


Course fee: $100

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 the hotel: There will be a shuttle running from the Biltmore Hotel to Colegio Interamericano in the morning, and then a return shuttle running to the Biltmore at the end of the day.

Course fee is exclusive of:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Shuttle to and from the airport (Biltmore Hotel will offer this service upon booking the accommodations)
  • Trips not related to the training.

Hotel option: Biltmore at Westing, Zone 10. A special price is offered for the Compass Learning Participants (Code: COMPASS) – notify the hotel when making the reservation. Airport Shuttle is included.

Things to do while here:

  • Paseo Cayalá, the city´s greatest recreational open space 
  • Visit Antigua, Guatemala – get to know our culture and history 
  • Tikal trip (2 days) – Mayan ruins

Payment Instructions
You can pay through the registration form link indicated on the flyer and “Sign Up” button. We have a platform through Visanet (Local Credit Card Processor). We will need to request the following information on the registration form.


All charges must be done prior to the event to make sure we have the funds of all participants and resolve possible rejections. We will send via email the receipts to each participant once we have the approval number.

About Mike Johnston
Mike JohnstonMike 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.

Workshop Timetable

Day 1: Saturday, March 20
09:00-09:30 – Registration, Coffee and Snack
09:30-11:00 – Session 1: The Sustainability Paradigm Challenge
11:00-12:00 – Session 2: Teaching for Global Citizenship and Sustainability (Part 1)
12:00-12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45-13:15 – Session 2: Teaching for Global Citizenship and Sustainability (Part 2)
13:15-14:45 – Session 3: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum – Tools and Methods (Part 1)
14:45-15:00 – Coffee Break
15:00-16:30 – Session 4: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum – Tools and Methods (Part 2)

Day 2: Sunday, May 21
08:30-10:00 – Session 5:  Leveraging Your Sphere of Influence
10:00-10:20 – Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 – Session 6: Constructing Personal Action Plans
12:00-12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45-15:00 – Session 7: Action Plan Presentations and Open Space Dialogue

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