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Education For Sustainable Development

  1. 1. Education for Sustainable Development Democracy and Sustainability Academy in Alameda Sylvia Gibson AUSD Teacher GreenMBA Candidate, Dominican University
  2. 2. Sustainability <ul><li>&quot;Sustainable development is </li></ul><ul><li>development that meets the </li></ul><ul><li>needs of the present without compromising the ability </li></ul><ul><li>of future generations to meet their own needs.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ The Brundtland Commission, convened by the United Nations, 1983 </li></ul>
  3. 3. 21 st Century Challenges <ul><li>Climate Change Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Water </li></ul><ul><li>War Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture Urbanization </li></ul><ul><li>Population Growth Resource Depletion Habitat Loss </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Justice Security Pollution Survival </li></ul>
  4. 4. Democracy and Sustainability Academy <ul><li>Learning Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Trans-Disciplinary Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Global Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Education </li></ul><ul><li>Core Academics </li></ul>
  5. 5. Participatory Democracy <ul><li>Students will engage in school-wide democratic activities and develop a life long commitment to civic engagement. </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial Committee~ Leadership~ </li></ul><ul><li>Students make the rules Students guide </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret the rules the vision and </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce the rules mission of the school </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship~ </li></ul><ul><li>All students participate in </li></ul><ul><li>school-wide decision making </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community <ul><li>Students will engage in a school </li></ul><ul><li>culture of community, collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>with the greater community, and </li></ul><ul><li>understand their connections to </li></ul><ul><li>the global community. </li></ul><ul><li>Internships Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>School Garden Business Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Pot-lucks Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Projects Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships Cultural Events </li></ul><ul><li>School Leadership Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Global Exchange Stakeholder Engagement </li></ul>
  7. 7. Trans-Disciplinary Studies <ul><li>Students will </li></ul><ul><li>use trans- </li></ul><ul><li>disciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>approaches </li></ul><ul><li>to solve </li></ul><ul><li>problems </li></ul><ul><li>and learn </li></ul><ul><li>core </li></ul><ul><li>academic </li></ul><ul><li>skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Physics~Ecology~Communication~Technology~Math~Ethics~Economics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Systems Thinking <ul><li>Students will understand the theory and practical </li></ul><ul><li>applications of systems thinking. </li></ul><ul><li> Systems thinking emphasizes the </li></ul><ul><li> qualities of relationships, </li></ul><ul><li> connectedness, and context— </li></ul><ul><li> in any system, whether an </li></ul><ul><li> ecosystem or a school system. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Global Perspectives <ul><li>Students will understand the responsibilities of and acquire the skills needed to be global citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Student Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Diplomacy </li></ul><ul><li>International Sister Schools </li></ul><ul><li>International Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Global Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Global Trade </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sustainability <ul><li>Students will study all subjects through the lens of sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnectedness </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Cultural Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Action </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Action </li></ul>
  11. 11. Education for Sustainable Development~ The Movement <ul><li> Center for Ecoliteracy </li></ul><ul><li>Local Green Schools Initiative </li></ul><ul><li> Edible Schoolyard </li></ul><ul><li> CA Sustainable Schools </li></ul><ul><li> Sustainable Oregon Schools </li></ul><ul><li>National Sustainable Schools Project, VT </li></ul><ul><li> WA state content standards </li></ul><ul><li> Facing the Future </li></ul><ul><li> Cloud Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Global US Partnership for Education </li></ul><ul><li>for Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li> UN Decade of Education for </li></ul><ul><li> Sustainable Development </li></ul>
  12. 12. Democracy and Sustainability Academy <ul><li>6-12 District Magnet or Charter School </li></ul><ul><li>180 Students </li></ul><ul><li>6 Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Leadership Model </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Student Schedule (independent work time; community partnerships; school wide meetings) </li></ul><ul><li>School site with a central community space </li></ul>
  13. 13. Next Steps <ul><li>Board adoption of sustainability mission statement </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher survey around sustainability instruction and interest </li></ul><ul><li>A formal proposal outlining school mission, structure, and milestones </li></ul><ul><li>A place in the Master Plan </li></ul><ul><li>A leadership team to develop curriculum, initiate community partnerships, and seek start up grants </li></ul>

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