Having a well rounded knowledge of sustainability concepts is often distinct from feeling confident and qualified to teach those concepts to a class of students. Not to mention having the ability to develop your own lessons and successfully integrate them in your classroom! In an effort to empower teachers to incorporate sustainability concepts into their existing lessons, GEF Institute has developed an online, on-demand course all about K-12 sustainability education strategies. Furthermore, to meet the needs many educators have to earn academic credit, CEUs, or professional certificates, this course has been accepted by the Institute’s partnering university to offer those valuable credits at a very reasonable rate.
Well beyond teaching kids to ‘go green, ‘ sustainability education provides a new lens from which to examine existing curriculum requirements while providing students with a global perspective on their lives and behaviors. Using this context, subject matter suddenly becomes more meaningful and aids in developing important skills by asking students to think and write critically and analytically about the world around them.
Consider GEF Institute’s definition of sustainability education:
Sustainability education utilizes applied learning models that connect real-world circumstances with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems.
The Institute’s 7.5 hour online course, K-12 Sustainability Education Strategies, is completely self-paced so you can work through the materials at any time without interrupting your schedule. The course is comprised of 5 units which include exploration and application sections, anticipatory sets, curriculum planning templates, videos, quizzes, and more. This is not your typical online course – you’ll be kept engaged and enthused as you progress through the materials.
The Units are:
- Sustainability Education: Students, Teachers, and Schools
Essential Question: What does sustainability education look like across the nation?
- Sustainability Education Standards and Frameworks
Essential Question: How can sustainability education standards guide our work?
- Sustainability Education Teaching Methods
Essential Question: How can sustainability education guide us in implementing best teaching practices?
- Sustainability as an Integrating Context for Learning
Essential Question: How and where in your curriculum can you teach about sustainability?
- School-wide Sustainability Initiatives
Essential Question: How can sustainability foster school improvement by contributing to a school culture of respect, student engagement, and achievement?
If you’re seeking a professional certificate to boost your credibility or reach that next salary level, simply take this course, plus an additional 4.5 hours of online education focused solely on sustainability concepts, to earn GEF Institute’s Sustainability Specialist in K-12 Sustainability Education Strategies Certificate.