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Level I) Imagine the Change: Defining a vision is the first step of any change process. These 1-2 day introductory programs help educators define possibilities for using sustainability as a context for innovatiaon. Example: We provided 1-day programs to Washtenaw Community College and Western Michigan University focused on helping faculty envision strategies for integrating sustainability across disciplines
Level II) Plan the Change: Effective change requires a systemic plan. Our Plan the Change programs provide 3-6 months of strategic planning to help institutions define goals, strategies, evaluation, and a timeline. The work is guided by our Instruction Change framework, a needs assessment tool that examines institutional culture, curriculum, professional development, and other factors affecting the successful integration of sustainability. Example: We supported a consortium of 4 districts in 2 states to develop strategic plans for integrating sustainability into courses and curriculum maps.
Level III) Begin the Change: Once a plan is in place, institutions need time and support to transform courses and programs. Begin the Change programs provide customized staff development, curriculum licensing, and technical assistance over a timeframe of 1-2 years. Example: We helped the River Rouge (MI) schools boost achievement by 30% on key standards through a 1-year program focused on integrating food systems and project-based learning across the curriculum.
Level IV) Sustain the Change: These extended programs include staff development, curriculum licensing, and on-going planning focused on building internal capacity. Example: We’re working with the Oberlin City Schools to deeply embed sustainability into curriculum in ways that support current initiatives and the Oberlin Project, a community-wide sustainability initiative. The program provides lead teachers with professional development and curriculum, and supports them to replicate approaches with colleagues while connecting to community initiatives.