Preservation and Transformation
How the preservation of cultural histories and heritages, and the transformation
of cultural identities and practices contribute to sustainable communities.
Students will develop the ability to discern with others what to preserve
and what to change in order for future generations to thrive.
Local/Global Citizenship: Two Podcasts
Local and Global Citizenship" by Betsy Kates
Change: Two Schools, One Well Changing Lives"
by Carolyn Elwood
The rights, responsibilities and actions associated with leadership
and participation toward healthy and sustainable communities. Students
will know and understand these rights and responsibilities and assume
their roles of leadership and participation.
Dynamics of Systems & Change
A system is made up of two or more parts in a dynamic relationship that
forms a whole whose elements ‘hang together’ and change
because they continually affect each other over time. Fundamental patterns
of systems include growth, decline and vacillation. Students will know
and understand the dynamic nature of complex systems and change over
time. They will be able to apply the tools and concepts of system dynamics
and systems thinking in their present lives, and to inform the choices
that will affect our future.
Economics" by Betsy Kates
The evolving theories and practices of economics and the shift towards
integrating our economic, natural and social systems, to support and
maintain life on the planet. Students will know and understand 21st
century economic practices and will produce and consume in ways that
contribute to the health of the financial, social and natural capital.
"Pencils: A Classroom
Commons" by Betsy Kates
Healthy Commons are that upon which we all depend and for which we are
all responsible (i.e., air, trust, biodiversity, climate regulation,
our collective future, water, libraries, public health, heritage sites,
top soil, etc.). Students will be able to recognize and value the vital
importance of the Commons in our lives and for our future. They will
assume the rights, responsibilities and actions to care for the Commons.
Laws and Ecological Principles
The laws of nature and science principles of sustainability. Students
will see themselves as interdependent with each other, all living things
and natural systems. They will be able to put their knowledge and understanding
to use in the service of their lives, their communities and the places
in which they live.
and Affecting the Future
The vital role of vision, imagination and intention in creating the
desired future. Students will design, implement and assess actions in
the service of their individual and collective visions.
The perspectives, life experiences and cultures of others, as well as
our own. Students will know, understand, value and draw from multiple
perspectives to co-create with diverse stakeholders shared and evolving
visions and actions in the service of a healthy and sustainable future
locally and globally.
Sense of Place "Preserving
Our Place" by Cynthia Bardwell
The strong connection to the place in which one lives. Students will
recognize and value the interrelationships between the social, economic,
ecological and architectural history of that place and contribute to
its continuous health.