WORLD WE WANT: 2 Credits (We are no longer accepting registrations for this course as of 8/23/2021)


[semester equivalent = 1.33 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: ecoliteracy, 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: 

  • ecoliteracy

  • 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 20 clock hours or 2 quarter credits. If you want more than 20 hours, please register for the 3, 4, or 5 credit World We Want course.

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.





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 FORUM: Introduction

In 200-400 words introduce yourself, providing background on your goals as an educator and activist, your professional situation (your school, location, years of experience, what subjects and grade levels you teach) and what you hope to gain from this course. Feel free to respond to any other postings from educators who are also taking this course.


In the Learning Journal, complete a separate Journal Entry for each event or activity. You may group your activities as you see fit; please complete a minimum of 2 separate journal entries. To complete Assignment 2, your Learning Journal must equal 20 hours.

Use a separate response box for each Journal Entry. Describe the activity or event and any new questions, personal reflections, insights or learning inspired by your experience which are relevant to your professional situation. Alternatively, you are welcome to collect your Learning Journal entries in a Word document and upload it to the online course environment.



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 #3: COURSE FORUM: Self-Directed Research

Select and read book(s), online posts, or a series of articles relating to your activities/project representing at least 250 pages, or 75 pages combined with 2 + hours of multi media research. In 1-2 paragraphs, share the name(s) and author(s) of the materials, your interest in this reading, and describe generally how your reading might inform your curriculum.

Assignment #4: Self-Directed Research: Reflections & Applications

Supply information regarding your reading in Assignment 3. Using the format below, answer the following nine questions:

Text Name (or list of articles):



Date Published:

Questions to answer:

a) What is the main thesis of the reading materials which you covered?

b) In what ways do you agree and disagree with the author's premises and why?

c) Explain how this reading will be useful to you in your situation. Are there direct applications to your work related to environmental sustainability, social justice or spiritual fulfillment?

d) Do you feel motivated to make changes in your everyday life, or offer community/social service, as a result of your reading/research?

e) What further explorations along these same thematic lines would be valuable for you, and what specific books or other materials would you refer to?

f) Is there a potential opportunity for you and your peers/friends to engage in collaborative social/environmental action related to your learning objectives?

g) How has your awareness of an interrelated context of environmental sustainability/social justice/spiritual wellbeing deepened, locally and globally?

h) Has this reading/research encouraged self-growth, expanded consciousness deepened your spiritual perspectives?

i) Any other comments you care to make?

Assignment #5: Create and implement a unit reflecting what you’re learned in this course

Using the Heritage Institute lesson template or one from your district, design three (3) related multi-lesson thematic units that can be applied to your professional situation, reflecting what you learned in this course. The lessons should be related to your projects or research topics.

The core focus of the first lesson should be environmental sustainability, the second lesson social justice, the third inner well-being.

Once your lesson is done, upload it into The Heritage Institute Lesson Library following the correct methods to properly classify it.

Answer the following questions regarding the curriculum you’ve designed:

a) How can environmental sustainability be woven into the social justice lesson, spiritual well-being woven into the environmental sustainability lesson, etc.?

b) Is the context of the lessons local and/or global?

c) How will your students broaden and apply their learning in everyday life? With their families? In their community?

d) Can the learning be experienced holistically (i.e. embodied at the heart and hands level) as well as academically?

e) Will the lessons provide opportunities for experiencing nature, field trips, mentorship/leadership projects or participation in community service-learning?

Assignment #6: (500 Level ONLY)

In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete one of the following:

Option A) Prepare a Powerpoint, Keynote or video presentation for students, staff or parents in which you show how your proposed curriculum contributes to positive change in the areas of ecology, social justice, community service or inner well-being.


Option B) ) Conduct additional research related to the topics you have focused on. Launch an online blog site, or make a post on your current blog. Your blog site should be available to your students and colleagues; share the link with them. In a 500+ word post on your blog, introduce your subject and summarize how your learning focus can be deepened to reveal connections with other areas. For example, if your learning focus is teaching about ecological systems, you might explore the social justice implications of industrial agriculture, soil depletion, and climate change. Use relevant images, videos or infographics to illustrate your post. Invite your students and colleagues to access the blog and comment online on your post.


Option C) Another assignment of your own choice, with the advisor's prior approval.


Assignment #7: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)

(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:

  1. What did you learn vs. what you expected to learn from this course?
  2. What aspects of the course were most helpful and why?
  3. What further knowledge and skills in this general area do you feel you need?
  4. How, when and where will you use what you have learned?
  5. How and with what other school or community members might you share what you learned?


Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.


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.


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