Guest Post by Victoria Thompson
Next up is #4: Empowering young people to take action!
Via the direct link: “the course, which forms part of World Wildlife Fund (WWF’s) learning path on Education for a sustainable planet, aims to help you further your understanding of sustainability and equip you with relevant information, tools, activities and good ideas from other skilled practitioners to make Education for Sustainable Development a cornerstone of your teaching practice.” Amazing!
Sustainable education has gotten a lot of traction recently in education, specifically with the understanding of exactly what sustainability is and how it relates to our world at large. Whenever I work with teachers and students I describe sustainability as the ability to meet our own needs—regardless of what they may be—without depleting or eliminating resources for future generations. This will look different across disciplines, but in STEM specifically I reference sustainable farming as an example of how this can be incorporated into classrooms. I appreciate how the World Wildlife Fund aims to further understanding of sustainability and gives examples of how to incorporate that into the classroom. I especially enjoy the “call to action” that happens during this course where students are encouraged to take action in their communities.
This course is also a newer one, published in November 2020. It should take you about an hour start to finish.
About The Author
Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at Technology Access Foundation–a nonprofit leader redefining STEM education in public schools–and a consultant for Ignite EdTech. She has been in education for five years and began her journey teaching fifth and sixth grade math and science in Summerville, SC. After completing her masters degree in curriculum and instruction she moved to the Seattle, WA area in 2018, where her career has pivoted to focusing on STEM integration in schools, K-12 mathematics instruction with research on decolonizing mathematics curriculum for teachers and learners, creating inclusive math environments, and using technology to bridge equity gaps in math education. She has presented at ISTE, ImpactEducation, CUE, and DigCitSummit on topics such as creating inclusive math classrooms, culturally responsive STEM education, and equity in educational technology.