WELCOME to Green School's Educating for Sustainability Online Course.
This course was created in 2017-18 by Green School for Educators, a department of the Green School Foundation. Our mission is "Sharing a better model of education to make our world sustainable".
At Green School, we educate for sustainability through community-integrated, entrepreneurial learning in a wall-less, natural environment. Our holistic, student-guided approach inspires and empowers us to be green leaders. This is the Green School Way.
We have created this course to support new teachers (and reinvigorate experienced Green School teachers and faculty) to put sustainability at the center of teaching and learning by unpacking the pedagogy and fundamental design principles of our Green School curriculum. We will "drip" new modules to you every two weeks from the day you enroll. This allows you to work at your own pace in a relaxed manner. Some of the features you have to look forward to include:
Meet your Green School for Educators Mentor:
Sarita Pockell is the Program Lead for Green School for Educators. She taught Performing Arts and Journalism at Green School for five years and was the Specialist Integration Manager, overseeing the integration of the arts, physical education and green studies into classroom thematics. She helped to design the Green Educator Courses offered onsite in Bali and went on to co-create and lead the Earthbound Traveling Semester Program during which she and her colleagues led a 4-month learning adventure around the world with 16 Green School students. Sarita composes, writes, and directs "solutionary" musical theater pieces which have been performed by students around the world. The Noble Material Roadshow, an emotional musical that follows single-use plastic from its invention to its ocean fate, was performed for broad audiences at the COP21 in Paris and TEDXubud. Sarita currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides her work with Green School for Educators, she volunteers in Richmond schools as a garden educator. She is also an anti-bias and identity facilitator for the Anti Defamation League and delivers professional development to educators and workshops for students in school districts dealing with acts of bias, discrimination and hate-crimes. She has two amazing daughters and her husband, Johnny, used to teach Music and Humanities at Green School and created all of the video content in this course. Sarita is currently working towards her Masters in Education for Sustainability at Antioch University.
Assumptions and Requirements
This course is designed, not only for school teachers, but for anyone working with students and interested in putting sustainability at the center of their teaching and learning. Basic English reading and writing comprehension is required, and participants will need a computer and internet connection to engage with the content and exchange with their mentors and cohort.
Timeline and Engagement
The course will be delivered over eight weeks and was creatied with convenience and working educators in mind. Though it varies for each learner, participation averages around 3 hours per week.
Week 1 and 2
Module 1.0: Call to Action: Developing a Sustainability Mindset
The world our children will inherit is changing fast. For our children to prosper and humankind to flourish, we need a new kind of education that enables us to live in harmony with the Earth and each other. The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamental pedagogy of Education for Sustainability.
Module 2.0: Transformational Teaching and Learning: Emergent, Responsive, and Real
With a balance of structure and critical chaos, meaningful experiences can emerge from our own questions and observations.The aim of this module is to convey the characteristics of a transformative teaching practice and how the development of certain skills, behaviours and mindset are needed to educate for sustainability.
Week 3 and 4:
Module 3.0: Building a Framework: Fundamental Elements of Education for Sustainability
Engage with a toolkit of ideas and resources that inform a global movement of Education for Sustainability. The aim of this module to share and explore pedagogical design strategies to create effective Education for Sustainability programs.
Week 5 and 6
Module 4.0: Changing the Paradigm: Characteristics of Wall-lessness
What does Education for Sustainability look and feel like? What are the paradigms we need to shift in order to bring wall-lessness to life? The aim of this module is to understand the rationale and first steps in implementing a wall-less teaching practice.
Module 5.0: Green School Programs
Learn about some of the incredible programming that past educators have created at Green School and get inspired to create your own.
Closure: Email correspondence, course survey (help us improve!) content review, and last feedbacks sent out
Content is delivered as text and videos. We have recorded audio versions of some of the longer text excerpts. We hope this allows you to go on more walks and experience the content in a way that works for you.
Assessment is the process of gathering information, sharing what we know, what we can do, and how we think and process. In this course, assessment will be ongoing through your responses to the prompts in the modules and feedback from your mentor. Self reflection and engagement with your peers are fundamental assessments that will support your success.
The more we engage with each other, the more we will get out of the course. Your peers in the course are also your mentors. Discussions are meant to be limited to one or two paragraphs in length, in order to keep dialogue flowing with our thoughtful responses.
For video discussions, we use an app called Flipgrid. The first time that you leave a video response, it will ask for your email address. After that, you will only need to put your name or initials with each reply. Flipgrid video discussions will send you to an external webpage, but you will easily make your way back to teachable with one click.
Three of the modules include a reflective practice exercise which is available as a download, and is completed in a google form. It will be read by your facilitator who will give you feedback via email. Please take the time to reflect deeply on what you are learning and experiencing. It is important that you engage in this process for your own personal growth.
When you enroll in the course, please take the time to add a photo of yourself in the Teachable platform. Our discussion board is a lot mvore fun when we can see an image of each other for each comment.
Green School Foundations in Education for Sustainability features the incredible teachers and administrators of Green School, Bali. Content was curated, written, and created by:
Sarita Pockell Green School for Educators Program Lead
Jackie Pye Green School for Educators Education Lead
John Schroeder Green School for Educators Digital Storyteller/Content Designer