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

Course No. ED442Q, ED542Q

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.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

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

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