April 30 - June 22: Educating for Sustainability

Pedagogy and Design Principles

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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.

Educating for Sustainability unpacks the pedagogy and fundamental design principles of our Green School curriculum. We have created this course to support educators in putting sustainability at the center of teaching and learning which we believe to be necessary to create a better world. Through our discussion and reflection-based approach, a global cohort of up to 15 educators and education enthusiasts endeavor to answer the following questions:

  • Why do we put sustainability at the center of our teaching and learning?
  • What skills, behaviours, and mindset do we need in order to create a world that works for all?
  • What are the characteristics of transformational teaching and learning?
  • What models and design strategies can we use to deliver Education for Sustainability?
  • What are the paradigms of wall-less education?

For more details regarding the content, here is the course syllabus

Upon completion of this 8-week online course, participants earn a certification in Educating for Sustainability from Green School for Educators. We also offer three graduate-level credits from Antioch University for those wishing to pursue a Masters Degree in Education.

The course costs:

$300 USD Green School for Educators): Educating for Sustainability Certificate


$650 USD Antioch University: graduate-level credits (3) + Green School for Educators: Educating for Sustainability Certificate

We limit each cohort to 15 participants to keep the discussions intimate. This is the last time this course will be offered during the 2017/18 school year, but It will be offered again once a month beginning in September of 2018.

This session will run April 30th - June 22, 2018.

The Educating for Sustainability content is available for free online, however we recommend enrolling in the course to access the following features:

  • Mentors: Two Green School experts to engage with, answer questions, and give you consistent and useful feedback.
  • A Global Cohort: Join a community of learners! Learn with an intimate group of educators from around the world: Working through and exchanging ideas, sharing resources, and building relationships.
  • Discussion Board: A platform that invites and requires a robust exchange of ideas and perspectives with your cohort.
  • Video Chat: Bring learning to life by interacting with each other through a fun, video-chat platform. Flipgrid allows us to post videos and respond to each other at our convenience.
  • Reflective Practice: Participate in three reflection and feedback exercises with your mentors. These are invaluable opportunities to get personal feedback, set goals, and track your growth and understanding.
  • Annotated Resources: Dig deeper into this content with our annotated resource guides.
  • Pathway Towards Certification: We are currently creating a path towards certification in Education for Sustainability and this will be a required course.

Meet your Mentors:

Sarita Pockell is the Program Lead for Green School for Educators. She taught Performing Arts and Journalism at Green School for six 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.

Kristen Martin is currently working as a Learning Support Teacher in West Vancouver, where she supports classroom teachers and students in making learning more accessible and engaging. Understanding strategies for balancing student-directed learning with teacher-supported structures given the evolving relationships between brain development, executive functions, technology and un/structured play is central to her work and research. Kristen holds Bachelors degrees in Arts & Science, and Outdoor & Experiential Education. Previous to her current role, Kristen worked in the field of outdoor and experiential education as a youth counsellor, camp director, program developer, environmental educator, guide, and teacher. Her experiences include co-developing a place-based outdoor and sustainability education program in public Grade 6/7 classrooms, establishing a wilderness-based summer camp for youth in remote Canadian communities, re-situating provincially mandated curricula in practical and place-based contexts for youth in First Nations, and counselling youth and adults "at-risk" through various adventure and wilderness therapy programs across Ontario. In 2012, Kristen's passion for facilitating learning that is empowering, relevant, engaging and sustainably-minded led her to Green School, where she collaborated to teach Grade 3 and to develop the primary program. She is excited to reconnect with Green School and to grow the community of inspired/inspiring educators through the Foundations of Education for Sustainability course.

Course Design

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 created with convenience and working educators in mind. Though it varies for each learner, participation averages around 3 hours per week.

  • No requirements to login at certain times of the day.
  • No group calls or live webinars.
  • Get each section done within the two-week timeframe to keep discussion and feedback meaningful and timely.

Week 1 and 2 (April 30 - May 13)

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: (May 14 -27)

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: (May 28- June 10)

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.

Week 7: (June 11 - 17)

Module 5.0: The Feedback Loop: Looking Back to Move Forward

Help us to continue to refine our course. Please give us feedback and take the time you need to review and engage with the previous modules. Dive into some of the added resources that we have provided and learn how we can stay connected and continue teaching and learning together. The aim of this module is to gather your feedback, reflect on and dive deeper into Education for Sustainability resources.

Week 8: (June 18 - 22)

Closure: Email correspondence, 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.

Discussion Board

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.

Reflective Practice

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.

Educating 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

Class Curriculum

  4.0 Changing the Paradigm: Characteristics of Wall-nessness
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have technical issues or questions? Who should I contact?
Please feel free to contact with any questions or issues. Sarita is in the Pacific Standard Time Zone and is available between 8am to 8pm to address your needs.
How I will receive feedback on my reflections?
You will be sent feedback in emails from your mentors.
When will I be given access to the course content?
The first two modules will be published on March 5th and you will have two weeks to work through the content before the next module is published. See the section "Timeline and Engagement" above, or refer to the syllabus for more information.
What is the difference of this course and the content in the Free Educators Pack?
This course offers engagement and relationships with educators and mentors. The educator pack includes basic information. The course guides you through activities, discussions, and reflective practices to unpack these ideas and tools while being supported by mentors and community of learners. It brings the information to life and gives you a framework to set your own goals and intentions around implementing Education for Sustainability strategies within your teaching practice.

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