The World We Want
Self-Design Program for K-12 Teachers
About the Program
Teachers who share The Heritage Institute’s commitment to a world that works for all may use our flexible, self-design online course to earn needed clock hours or PDUs, or continuing education quarter credits. Teachers worldwide are engaging in holistic, experiential self-learning and community activism, and they are creatively applying their learning to the classroom, enabling their students and colleagues to contribute to a fulfilling human presence on earth. The World We Want program focuses on four areas: ecological literacy, social justice, and inner well-being, and community service. Teachers with interests in any of these four areas may pursue their professional development needs by taking part in a variety of learning experiences. Document your participation in our easy-to-use online environment.
Events and activities qualify which relate to a teacher’s professional situation and are directly related to the four subject areas:
- ecological literacy
- social justice
- inner well-being
- community service
Activities can include: workshops, conferences, trainings, documentary film viewings, student leadership/mentorship, self-study, scholarly research, blogging, publishing, inner soul or healing process, nature-based inquiry, global and eco-service learning at home or abroad, school gardens, native habitat restoration, climate change, eco-footprint, renewable energy education, re-localization, local economy, local food ecology, activist events such as marches and demonstrations, environmental justice, peace and human/animal rights, sense of place, eco-travel, ecoliteracy, cultural exchange, social justice/peace project design and implementation, corporate and media responsibility, public arts projects, some community volunteer activities, Waldorf trainings, compassion and nonviolent communications, meditation, emotional/spiritual intelligence training, yoga, mindfulness in the classroom, eco-spiritual study, events put on by the educator themselves, including the planning, and more.
What Does Not Qualify
General curriculum development, general classroom management, special ed., differentiation, general assessment, cultural history, summer travel, safety and health, collaborative or neighborhood projects NOT directly relating to activism in ecological literacy, social justice, community service or inner well-being do not qualify. Some of these activities may qualify IF they are deepened to encompass these areas. For example, you may not earn clock hours for general summer travel. However, if you conduct cultural/environmental service work or focused ecological research on your travels, and apply it as a social justice or climate change lesson or global exchange project in the classroom, then the experience would qualify.
Previous activities or projects completed before you register for The World We Want course do not qualify towards clock hours/credit. There are some exceptions; please contact the instructor if you would like your proposal to include recent retroactive activities connected to a current project. In some cases, you may want to check with your school administrator or department head to determine if approval is required before clock hours or credit is awarded through your district. A Heritage Institute Authorization Form for this purpose is available online after you register.
Be sure you are registering for the correct number of units: You are registering for 10 clock hours or 1 quarter credit. If you want more than 10 hours, please register for the correct course as indicated on the OVERVIEW page.
Note regarding multiple course registrations: You cannot register for the same course number more than once. You can however, register for each course once or any combination of courses simultaneously or separately.
Once you complete the online registration, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to log on to the online system to post your event/experience journal.
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