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November 2-3, 2018
Venue: American Community School, Amman, Jordan

Tom McLean

Compass Educator and IBDP Coordinator/Social Studies Teacher at International Schools Group - Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Full Bio

TOM McLEAN is from Scotland but has lived and worked internationally for the majority of his working life. He previously taught IBDP Geography and coordinated the whole school approach to sustainability at the International School Manila (ISM), Philippines.

Mr McLean’s role at ISM evolved from his work coaching students in the use of the System Thinking toolkit to facilitate the 2012 Global Issues Network (GIN) conference and has included guiding students through the process of facilitating a school-wide goal based on the sustainability pledge in the ISM mission statement.

He regularly writes about sustainability education; his work often appeared in the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Triannual Journal and he wrote a sustainability education position paper published by the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Mr McLean has recently led ISG Jubail through the IB diploma accreditation process, and he is looking forward to the challenge of guiding the first cohort of Jubail students through the IBDP.

Currently, he is particularly interested in the challenge of embedding a sustainability mindset in teaching and learning in the Middle East region. In furthering this aim, Mr McLean is currently part of a team of educators working on a strategic plan for sustainability and service learning within the NESA region.

Institute Description

Compass Education Level 1 Practitioner Certification Workshop

Thinking, Learning and Acting for a Flourishing and Sustainable World

Co-facilitator: SHANI BEN AROYA, CAS Coordinator and IB English A SL Teacher, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)

Often, when it comes to approaching global issues, service, and sustainability, students and teachers are left with a nagging sense of gloom-and-doom, the feeling that somehow we are all responsible for destroying the planet but with no real way of understanding the complexity of the situation or, more importantly, what to do about it.

In this two-day institute, educators will be empowered with a suite of tools developed by sustainability consultant Alan AtKisson to help both educators and students think critically and creatively about the bigger picture, gain a deeper understanding of sustainability, and understand our own contributions to the world.

These tools and systems thinking methods will enable educators to help students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world.

The course will be a mix of theory and practice; educators will see examples of these tools in practice and be invited to innovate and strengthen their lessons, units, and programs.

This course is Level 1 of Compass Education’s two-level educator training program.

Target Audience: Teachers and leaders who want to integrate sustainability education, tackle complex global issues, and implement systems thinking into their everyday practice. It would also be of value to curriculum leaders and principals interested in understanding what the practical application of sustainability education looks like.

Continuum Levels: 1, 2

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Enduring Understanding:

Systems thinking enables educators to help their students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world.

As a result of this two-day training, educators will. . .
  • Understand the nexus of sustainability and education.
  • Be able to use systems thinking tools with students.
  • Be able to integrate systems thinking into unit and lesson planning.

Advance Prep/Prerequisites

None required.

This course is Level 1 of Compass Education’s two-level educator training program.

*Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.


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(B) Participant Workbook