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Compass Education Level 2 Practitioner Certification Workshop - Applying Systems Thinking for Sustainability School Transformation

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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 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 3-level educator training program.

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.


Day 1: Saturday, 5 March
08:30-10:00 - Session 1: The Sustainability Paradigm Challenge
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 2: Teaching for Global Citizenship and Sustainability
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 - Session 3: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum - Tools and Methods (Part 1)
14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break
14:45-16:30 - Session 4: Applying Systems Thinking to your Curriculum - Tools and Methods (Part 2)

Day 2: Sunday, 6 March
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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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: Educators who have a firm understanding and practical experience with using the Compass Education tools and systems thinking in their classroom.

When: Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 March 2016

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




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