Saturday, October 11, 2014

Education for Sustainability (EfS) effort begins...with both local and international impact

Education for Sustainability meeting Oct 07, 2014
Meeting Minutes

Vision: What we want

We want to see sustainability and systems thinking embedded in curriculum and school operations so that students get the knowledge, values and skills to develop a sustainable society.

What we need:

A sense of leverage points. We identified a couple significant barriers:

Instructional Leadership—the principals and others reinforcing the importance of good education, not teaching to the test; encouraging experimentation and creativity; supporting and modeling sustainability values and behaviors; providing time and support for cross-disciplinary work and peer coaching.

Overwhelm/Survival Mode—Teachers and educational systems are overwhelmed with the demands placed on them.

Where our Interests lie

Each of us appears to have interest at working at different levels. This chart over-simplifies who is interested in what, but it gives a sense of the breadth of work being done.
Here is a summary of some of the approaches we are collectively working on or considering which are then arrayed in a table in the official minutes. 
  • ·      Writing a Book: Economics, Equity and Education
  • ·      Offer Sustainability camp for Teachers
  • ·      Offer Sustainability training for Administrators
  • ·      Create mobile sustainability learning centers
  • ·      Integrate sustainability into IB standards
  • ·      Create a listing of favorite books and then do fundraising
  • ·      Get peer teaching and college/grad students into classroom to teach and also coach teachers
  • ·      Poll students for what they want as their future and in curriculum
  • ·      Develop a consensus document of what should be in an Education for Sustainability curriculum

Four non-profits meet Sept 2014 to identify ways to collaborate

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Sedona Recycles, Gardens for Humanity and the Verde River Basin Partnership each sent two people to a mini-summit to explore ways to support one another. Each organization was tasked to bring a project that they had planned or underway and then we explored how to support one another. Here is a summary of the results.