MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
Course No. ED466q, ED566q
Climate change, school shootings, political gridlock, a fragile global economy, persistent racism, unending conflicts in the middle east! We’re at a critical, transitional time in our communities, our country and the world. Each of us needs to decide what our commitment is to making the world a better place. This is not only a moral calling, but it’s good teaching to involve ourselves and our students in being aware, caring and making a difference. The recent state-wide teacher walk-outs and the national student mobilizations in response to the tragedies in Parkland, Florida speak of a renewed faith in the power of taking a stand for what we believe is good and just.
Participants in this course for teachers grades 5-12 will explore a variety of critical issues (help for animals, saving the environment, dealing with racism) using our text (It’s Your World: If You Don’t Like It Change It), and a variety of websites including Facing the Future, Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream, Facing History and Ourselves and many more. Participants will be exposed to a large variety of resources to develop projects of choice that get their students into action for what has heart and meaning.
Text is about $10 in Kindle or paperback on Amazon. This course has been developed by Mike Seymour, Heritage Institute President, and will be facilitated by Charity Staudenraus.
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- Learned that the major problems in our world today (environmental, social justice, spiritual health and wellness) are all inter-related.
- Explored areas of action such as animal welfare, saving the environment, fighting racism
- Connected to their deeper feelings about the critical nature of our times.
- Prepared lesson plans, activities and resources that will help get their students into action in making the world a better place.
I really liked this class. The instructor, Charity, was very thoughtful in her responses and, overall, the class was very helpful!
This course was so thoughtfully put together. I enjoyed the use of the online course from Panchamama and plan to use the videos in my classroom. The text for the course is geared towards young adults and I think there are significant sections and resources that will be supporting my units going forward. Charity is interactive, friendly, and relational. I really enjoy getting to know her through this interface.
8th Grade Teacher