Executive program on Education and Values for Sustainable Development in June

“Education and Values for Sustainable Development: Teaching what really matters” will be held again from June 23rd – 27th, 2014 following the success of the May 2013 and January 2014 editions.

This program offers a sound understanding and appreciation of the scope and complexity of sustainability issues and their significance, an understanding of the global role of education, and of the kinds of learning experiences needed to help realize a safer and more livable future. The program introduces sustainable development and the implications it has for education, learning, and change. Using a holistic and integrative approach, it explores practical methods for introducing the values of sustainability, as articulated in the Earth Charter to schools and classrooms. This program draws on the most recent understanding from the neurosciences to inform teaching. Assessing the skills and values of education for sustainable development (ESD) pedagogy will be addressed.

Find all the information about this education program and how to apply here.

ECI Director Mirian Vilela and Prof. Sam Crowell are the co-facilitators of this program. Dr. Crowell recently published a book called:  “Emergent Teaching: A path of creativity, Significance and Transformation”, with David Reid-Marr.

This book inspires teachers to teach with more spontaneity and creativity within an educational environment that is highly constrained. Through descriptive stories, the book demonstrates creative strategies and provides an intellectual foundation for emergent teaching. The authors show how teachers can relate subject matter to students’ lives and experiences. They illustrate activities and processes that help establish a caring learning community. Finally, the book applies the theories of complexity and chaos while reaffirming the natural wisdom that teachers possess within themselves. The authors have chosen a narrative format that “models” rather than “tells,” and encourages readers to connect to their own stories and experiences.

Find more information on Prof. Crowell’s book here.

Below you can watch a video of Prof. Crowell talking about his education program.