NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
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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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
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.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
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.
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.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: COURSE FORM: Introduction: How You are Making a Difference
Read the article below (Activism is Good Teaching) which cites the experience of several New Mexico, elementary teachers who contested the way student evaluations were being done in the district. The article by university educators who partnered with the school asks us to consider that standing for caring and justice is part of our responsibility as professional educators. Said differently, if we want to teach our students to be engaged in making the world a better place, we need to be engaged ourselves. In short, we must walk our talk. Whether or not we speak truth to power, which can be a fearful thing, we can’t expect to have much conviction with kids unless we are engaged.
Activism is Good Teaching
In 500-750 words:
Assignment #2: COURSE FORUM: What do You Care About?
The first step is to find out what you and your students care about. When I’m shocked, angry or sad about something that has happened to me, friends, community or in the world, that’s a good indicator for getting into action. This assignment will introduce you to broad areas of concern and show steps for student engagement.
1. Review the steps to take to help students become engaged by reading the first section titled How to Become a Student Activist. https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/student-activism-on-campus/
2. Go to Facing the Future https://www.facingthefuture.org/ which is an excellent resource for curriculum on areas of concern. Select the Big Ideas tab (top of page) and read about each area (Connecting With Nature, Equity and Justice etc.)
3. In 300-500 words describe the five things you personally are most concerned about, and discuss how you would go about determining what your students are passionate about.
Assignment #3: IT’S YOUR WORLD: If You Don’t Like It, Change It.
Written with teens in mind, our text It’s Your World: If You Don’t Like It, Change It, offers in content and format an effective source for teachers. Whole sections are devoted to animal rights, racism, saving the environment, ending war, fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, stopping school violence and bullying, protecting civil rights and civil liberty and promoting tolerance.
Assignment #4: COURSE FORUM: Fighting Racism
Racial, ethnic and religious bias has been a socially corrosive fact of life since history began. But as we move into a time realizing our environmental, economic and spiritual connectedness of some 7.7 billion people, many think that racism in all its forms is unsustainable at many levels and must become a relic of our “fight-or-flight” past, instinctual nature.
a. Review the 'Classoom Resources' and 'Build a Learning Plan' sections of the tolerance.org site.
4. The Rethinking Schools organization and website is an excellent teacher resource for social justice teaching. Check out their blog (https://rethinkingschoolsblog.com/) and you’ll find many articles as you continue to scroll down. Pick one article and review.
5. Search for and read definitions or articles on “institutional racism.”
Then, in 500+ words:
Assignment #5: COURSE FORUM: Saving the Environment
We live in a watershed moment in human history when virtually all natural habitats and ecosystems are threatened by population explosion, increasing rates of consumption and their most critical threat—climate change. Worldwide concerns about system collapse have at the same time catalyzed a new global movement for change arising from an evolution of consciousness recognizing we are all interconnected and that the Earth community is one sacred whole.
In 300-500, describe a) your main specific environmental concerns and reasons for feeling that way b) Include a list of resources you would find helpful in your teaching.
Assignment #6: Other Sections in our Text
Read one additional section in our text, and in 250+ words explain why you’re interested in this area and what resources you might use. Our text was written in 2004 and as we well know websites can change instantly. If you have a specific area that is of interest to you and your students please take the time to find up to date resources. This assignment is done in the course forum so you can share resources with other teachers.
Assignment #7: COURSE FORUM: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream is a presentation in live workshops and online course that has been highly effective toward creating “an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on planet earth, as the guiding principle of our time.” Developed by the Pachamama Alliance in San Francisco, this experience has been given now to millions of people globally through over 5000+ trainers and the online course. In this assignment you will view and participate in the first three sections of this 2+ hour course.
Either copy and paste your responses in the open field, upload your doc, or share your Google Doc. You will complete the final two sections of this online course in the next two assignments.
Assignment #8: COURSE FORUM: Awakening the Dreamer, What is Possible Now
Assignment #9: COURSE FORUM: Where do We Go from Here
Assignment #10: COURSE FORUM: Putting it All Together: Everything is Connected
Heritage Institute President Mike Seymour developed a video based on the work of many teachers the Institute has worked with over the years and supported on some cases with mini-grants for their projects. This video expresses the philosophy of our organization as spoken through the words of teachers and students who have been influenced by our work.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #11: Your Teaching Resources
This is where you plan in one document all the resources you think you’ll need for any projects/lessons you bring to students, including web sites, videos, documentary and feature length movies, online or in-print articles, books, exercises and activities.
Copy/paste in the space below, upload your document or share your Google Doc.
Assignment #12: Your Plan of Action
Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Assignment #13: (500 Level ONLY)
Choose TWO of the following assignment options:
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #14: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
CHARITY STAUDENRAUS, M.A.T, received her BA from Willamette University, her MAT from Willamette University. Charity has experience teaching math, science, social studies, business, and language courses at the middle and high school level. She is currently serving on the 2014-2017 Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel as well as the Oregon Instructional Materials Criteria Development Committee. In addition Charity is consulting on a Rutgers University and WPI project funded through multiple Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grants.
MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
Facing the Future: http://www.facingthefuture.org/
This site has lots of information about global issues, mostly now on population, as other dimensions are not yet available. Check out their site on Creative Action with several projects around the world you and your class can get involved with. More projects are presented under the Sticky Teaching area (accessed from the home page).
This is a sort of on-line, alternative news and opinion provider on many big issues, including the environment, women’s issues of marginalization or abuse, racism and more. As there are many articles on these pages, it’s necessary to filter through and decide which parts of the site could be helpful. Coverage is usually current.
Rethinking Schools http://www.rethinkingschools.org/
This is one of the all-time great education organizations devoted to issues of social justice, with many great articles on-line in back issues. I am particularly impressed with Bill Bigelow’s list of videos which cover such subjects.
Global Oneness Project (https://www.globalonenessproject.org/) is an excellent source of beautifully done video stories that relate to many of the issues in this course.
The Hunger site: http://www.thehungersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CTDSites
Clicking daily on the various pages of this site gets sponsors to donate to these causes.
International Campaign for Tibet: http://www.savetibet.org/
Current news, major issues and campaigns and suggestions on who to write to.
Another great list of environmental, human rights and health issues and campaigns with informative write-ups and actions to take.
Exclusively oriented to bio-regions which are in danger and need are help to protect. The site gives good coverage of the areas and issues and ways to write e-mails to key decision-makers.
Congress.Org-America Reacts: http://www.congress.org/
This is another terrific site because you can type in your ZIP code and get connected to your state officials in federal office and also (on the left menu bar) scan a host of national and regional issues, the legislation that may be pending and who to write to with your opinions.
TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It's the world's most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.
Youth in Action Network: http://www.youthlink.org/gyanv3/home.html Ways for youth globally to connect around issues concerning a better world.
Media Awareness Network This is the home page for the Media-Awareness site. It is a Canadian site so it has perhaps better perspective towards the media topic. This site is incredible for media literacy and issues with advertising and consumption. It has an enormous selection of lessons, activities, handouts and other resources.
The Real News Network is a television news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism.
Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. The organization connects American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.
A great, over-arching network of alternative media resources including a magazine, blogs, videos and networking all powered by grass-roots writers and activists covering all aspects of society, but mostly political, social, environmental subjects and whatever relates to these.
Yes! Magazine: This is the page for YES magazine discussion guides. Each selection informs about topics from previous magazine editions. It is a good source for students.
Hawken, Paul. 2008. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World. Penguin Books, NY. 352 pages. Cost: $7 used on amazon.com.
President Bill Clinton called Paul Hawken's last book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little, Brown. September 1999) one of the five most important books in the world today. Blessed Unrest belongs in the same category.
Korten, David. C. 2003. The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. Berrett-Koehler. San Francisco. 402 pages Cost: $6 used, amazon.com.
David Korten's classic bestseller, When Corporations Rule the World, was one of the first books to articulate the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy. Now, ten years later, Korten shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination-with far greater consequences. The Great Turning shows the significance of this time in history, along with the agricultural revolution of over 10,000 years ago and the industrial revolution of 300 years ago.
Ray, Paul and Anderson, Sharon. 2001. The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World. Three Rivers Press. New York. 384 pages. Cost: $5 used, amazon. http://www.culturalcreatives.org/
According to sociologist and researcher Paul Ray, Cultural Creatives (who number at least 50 million in the USA and many more globally), are changing society,. This text provides an inside look at the demographics and attitudes behind one of the most significant social movements in human history.
Café Humana (coffee fund-raiser)
Custom Printed Shopping Bags (for fund-raising)
Recycling for Charities (funds from recycled electronics to charity of choice)
Recycled Phones (raise funds by recycling cell phones)
Catalog Choice-Eliminate Unwanted Catalogs (reduce catalogs sent home. Could be done as a classroom project)
Nourish the Children: donations of nutritious foods for malnourished children http://www.nourishthechildren.com/
Kiva: Microcredit lending, person to person
Durning, Alan; Ryan, John. 1997. Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things (new Report , No 4). Seattle. NW Environment Watch. 88 pages
Documenting a day in the life of the average North American consumer, Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things deconstructs the American Dream by unraveling the hidden costs behind the objects around us. From our morning cup of Columbian coffee to our South Korean-made sneakers, the book traces the environmental impact of the consumer decisions most of us make without thinking.
Elgin, Duane. 1993. Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple and Inwardly Rich. William Morrow & co. New York.
This is the original classic text on the importance of choosing simpler, more meaningful life.
The Story of Stuff (https://storyofstuff.org/( with Annie Leonard is a light-hearted and informative online review in story form of the destructive life-cycle of our product system. Happily, there are also many strategies presented that are working toward a better world and which provide opportunities for student and classroom participation, which we address in the next assignment.