Level 1 Certification Workshop, Colombia, 9-10 March 2018

Compass Education Level 1 ‘Practitioner’ Certification Workshop

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

Workshop Details

When: 9-10 March (Friday and Saturday) 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where: The Columbus School, Colombia

Trainers: Mike Johnston

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:  $200

Course fee is inclusive of workshop materials, Certificate of Attendance, lunch and snack.



For additional inquiries about registration and payment, please contact tnikrandt@columbus.edu.co.

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….


  • 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:
“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.

Workshop Timetable

Level 1 Workshop @TCS Timetable