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Creative Change Educational Solutions is a nonprofit organization focused making education for sustainability a focus of K20 policy and practice. We serve leading educators who understand the ethical need to educate for a greener economy, revitalized communities and a more equitable society. We are the bridge between educational institutions and sustainability leaders in business, government and academia.
Based in southeast Michigan, we work regionally and collaborate nationally with schools, universities, research institutions and sustainability leaders in multiple sectors. The organization’s staff and board include practicing teachers, university educators, and content experts from science, business, and public policy fields.
Our mission is to provide and promote innovative education that helps create a sustainable world: a healthy environment, a fair economy, and a just and equitable society for current and future generations. Check out our top-rated profile and reviews on Great Nonprofits.
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Creative Change was founded in 1999 as an LLC by Susan Santone, a former teacher, to provide sustainability-based programming, and served schools and governmental agencies. As the organization’s vision grew, Santone convened a board and incorporated as a nonprofit in January 2002. The organization received its 501c3 status in July of that year. Since its founding, CCES has impacted more than 1500 educators in multiple states, and the thousands of students those educators have reached. The organization has developed an impressive list of clients and partners including public schools, Big Ten Universities, the United Nations, and public television producers WGBH.
CCES’ early programming focused on curriculum development followed by teacher training, classroom piloting and evaluation. This drove the development of our numerous curriculum modules while helping us establish relationships with key partners. Multiple evaluation studies of this work, involving dozens of teachers and hundreds of students, consistently demonstrated positive impacts on teacher knowledge and pedagogical practices, as well as on students’ content knowledge, civic engagement, and attitudes toward learning.
With this foundation, CCES adopted a new program model in 2009 focused on supporting long-term change by building the capacity of schools, colleges, and other educational organizations to institutionalize sustainability as a core reform strategy. To support this, CCES offers a rich portfolio of innovative curricula, staff development, and change models, with options for K12 schools and higher education.
To help bring curriculum dissemination to scale, CCES launched the subscription-based Curriculum and Resource Center in 2009. This on-line library of multimedia resources serves as a growing repository for CCES materials and a curated collection of links external resources. The CRC has subscribers from across the global.