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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using “Tips” to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures
September 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of an idea by considering its potential impact on a seventh generation in the future. Some environmentalists want to reference the carrying capacity of the planet. Others insist that we factor in social well-being and economic fairness. If you accept all this, then teaching about sustainability can be truly transformative, challenging people of all ages and backgrounds to think and act in very new ways. Join us in exploring a range of concise, practical tips for rethinking tough problems and considering creative new solutions, for communicating honestly and navigating difficult emotions, for balancing losses with a realistic optimism about finding the will to move in new directions. We believe that it is essential that people from every walk of life understand this urgency. Our new edition of “147 Tips for Teaching Sustainability” can help anyone draw from the principles of effective instruction about the challenges of learning about sustainability.
William Timpson, Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. William M. Timpson is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University, he went on to teach junior and senior high school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio before completing his Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then he has directed faculty development efforts at three different research universities and written extensively on K-20+ instructional effectiveness, improvement and innovation as well as how complex and compelling issues can best be taught and learned.
Along with numerous articles, chapters and grants, he has written or co-authored thirteen books including several that address issues of sustainability, diversity, peace and reconciliation: