MIKE JOHNSTON is head of school at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school.
As a member of the Compass Education team, Dr Johnston is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time not only to ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action.
With his Doctorate in Organizational Systems, Dr Johnston helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change and educational transformation.
Education for a Better World: Bringing Greater Purpose and Improved Learning to Schools Through Real World Connected Learning
There has never been a more important and more opportune time for schools to embrace complexity for our collective future. K-12 schools can play such a significant role in shaping what the next generations will inherit. Whether it is called Service Learning, GIN, Sustainability, Global Citizenship, CAS, Capstone Projects, STEAM, STEM or Project Based Learning, every school has the ability to make a difference and facilitate great learning along the way.
We will seek to build bridges between projects and initiatives of this nature. Once the interconnectedness is harnessed, the collective effort becomes much more powerful. Tackle the issues, break down those walls and let’s build the future we wish to see.
Our natural tendency to try and break down issues into smaller parts may be leading us to lose valuable learning opportunities. Learning can be messy, and that is okay. Look for learning beyond walls and beyond the search for the right answer. Seek multiple perspectives even if you may not like what you find. When we first back out to get the whole picture we can then zoom back in to decide on our best course of action.
This institute will give resources and tools to facilitate deep, connected learning. The Sustainable Development Goals have been created to drive towards meaningful outcomes for 2030. We will explore how to join and use this global framework immediately in the classroom and school. This institute will help educators gain knowledge, skills and understanding to educate towards a more sustainable future.
Target Audience: PK-12, leaders, teachers, any stakeholder wishing to create change.
Continuum Levels: 4, 5 = Extending Implementation (reflecting, evaluating, modifying practice, improving skills) | Refining Practice (sustaining, embedding in practice)