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Compass Education Level 1 Practitioner Certification Workshop - Thinking, Learning and Acting for a Flourishing and Sustainable World

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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 developed by sustainability consultant Alan AtKisson 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 them.

This course is Level 1 of Compass Education's 3-level educator training program.

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!"
"I used to think that being sustainable involved sacrifice, of toning down greed, but now i see that companies can be persuaded to be more sustainable by seeing the change as an opportunity."

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.

  • 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


Day 1: Thursday, 3 March
08:30-10:00 - Session 1: Module 1 - Why are we here?
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 2: Module 2 - Practical introduction and use of the Compass
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 - Session 3: Module 3 - Compass theory and application
14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break
14:45-16:30 - Session 4: Module 3 continued - Compass theory and application 

Day 2: Friday, 4 March
08:30-10:00 - Session 5:  Module 4 - Compass ‘Best’ Practice
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 6: Module 5 - An introduction to systems thinking
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-15:00 - Session 7: Module 6 - Final reflections and take-aways

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About 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.

About Kate Doré

Kate is an educator and a life-long inquirer. She is passionate about empowering students as legitimate change-makers in wider communities. Kate has been in international education for over 12 years. She planted a co-op preschool in Taiwan that empowers new parents to take leadership roles in their children's education, and is currently a MYP Science teacher in Singapore. Kate believes that systems thinking is key to developing the problem-solving, critical thinking, and transfer skills necessary to make sustainable change; and is very excited to be a part of Compass Education.
Kate finds balance by chasing her two children around and working closely with her husband; who challenges her to keep thinking and question everything.

About Kath Lane

Kath Lane is from Britain and has a passion for educating children about nature and sustainability. She worked at Green School in Bali, Indonesia and holds a Masters of Education in Educating for Sustainability from Antioch University in the United States. She currently works as a Grade 5 teacher in United World College of South East Asia - East, in Singapore, where she is a member of the Sustainability Leadership Team and is actively involved in infusing sustainability education across the primary grades and beyond. She has also taken on the role of Environmental Stewardship co-ordinator for UWCSEA East Primary School. She believes that through curriculum, outdoor education, service and personal/social education, children can be given the passion, skills and qualities needed to make the right choices and find sustainable solutions for our world.

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Workshop Details

Trainer: Mike Johnston, Kate Doré and Kath Lane

Who should attend: Teachers and program leaders who want to integrate sustainability education and systems thinking into their teaching practice. It would also be of value to curriculum leaders and principals interested in understanding what the practical application of sustainability education looks like.

When: Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 March 2016

Where: UWCSEA East Campus, Conference Centre (directions to the campus)

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