WORLD WE WANT: 4 Credits


[semester equivalent = 2.66 credits]



Ann Amberg



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.

What Qualifies
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.

Retroactive Projects
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.

Prior to registering, please contact Instructor Ann Amberg with your ideas and questions: 360.632.3793 or email

Be sure you are registering for the correct number of units:
You are registering for 40 clock hours or 4 quarter credits. If you want more than 40 hours, please register for the 5 credit course or a combination of World We Want courses.

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.

Getting Started
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.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

1. Apply their holistic activism experiences and learning to relevant classroom curriculum

2. Gain a wider and more meaningful breadth of knowledge and experience related to their chosen activities

3. Gain insight and perspective on current global and local issues, and act as a catalyst for positive change in their school and/or community

4. Discover new opportunities to network with individuals and organizations that can enhance their own learning and/or their student’s learning

5. Implement specific self-learning supporting community service, support special student collaborative and experiential learning that contributes to the health and well-being of people and planet

6. Enhance their personal sense of inner well-being, interconnection and respect for humanity, diversity and the environment

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



None. All reading is self-directed.

None. All reading is online.




Ann Amberg, M.C.S., has degrees in Environmental Studies/ Integral Ecology and Contemporary Spirituality, and has created arts/ecology curriculum and facilitated science/spirituality courses in England and the U.S. She has been a communications consultant, book designer, bereavement counselor, and natural history teacher. She is a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium and has delivered presentations to educators in Canada, the U.S. and England.


WORLD WE WANT: 4 Credits


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