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Sustainable schools – A Step by Step approach

WHO IS IT FOR?

The course is intended for teachers and professional associates of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, principals and other school staff who want to learn and find out how to incorporate the dimensions of sustainability - environmental, social and economic and their interdependence - into their schools and school curricula, how to implement successful environmental projects and how to make their schools more sustainable and greener ones.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

This course is intended for teachers and professional associates of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, principals and other school staff who want to learn how to incorporate the dimensions of sustainability - environmental, social and economic as well as their interdependence - into their schools and school curricula. It will also cover how to implement successful environmental projects and how to make schools more sustainable and greener.

 

The course is focused on sustainable development, learning, lifestyle and activities that contribute to sustainable development and the preparation and creation of a school curriculum that contains ecological and green projects as well as extracurricular, elective and field activities on the topic of sustainable development. Through the application of practical work, participants will be encouraged to behave in a way that leads to the responsible use of natural resources and energy, as well as other ecological behaviours.

 

The course contents will support the development of all values of sustainable development:

 

Course detailed description

  • knowledge about the functioning and complexity of natural systems

  • knowledge about the consequences of human activities

  • solidarity towards other people

  • responsibility towards the environment, as well as one's own and others' health

  • responsibility towards the entire living environment and towards future generations.

Course activities will raise awareness and deepen understanding of the issue of sustainable development and issues related to sustainability. Critical reflection on possible solutions to problematic issues and ways of acting that are focused on sustainability are an integral part of each activity. Participants will be guided towards independent and responsible decision-making on issues important to themselves and society as a whole. They will be more capable and competent in composing school green plans.

The main topics of our course are:

  • strengthening each participant's personal relationship with nature

  • environmental education

  • sustainable lifestyle

  • eco-lifestyle

  • school plan for sustainable schools

  • ICT in sustainable lifestyles

  • outdoor activities

Part of the activity will be devoted to the development of generic skills important for sustainable development: practicality, entrepreneurship, innovation, critical thinking, ability to adapt to changes and ability to solve problems.

 

The activities will be carried out with a multimodal strategy that empowers and encourages the participants in the implementation of the course activities with different activities adapted to the target audience. Multimodal activities will be held indoors and outdoors, combined. The theoretical parts will be held in our classroom in a closed space where we will explain and present the basic parts of sustainable development within the school curriculum, which contains numerous ecological and green, extracurricular, extracurricular and optional activities that are necessary for that curriculum. Outdoor activities will be held in parks, beaches and playgrounds in the city. Practical activities aim to raise awareness of multimodality in the preparation, preliminary research, implementation, analysis, evaluation and creation of the final project report.

 

Through these ideas we hope to make our schools greener and more sustainable. Join us on this adventure. 

 

The goal is to acquaint the participants with the principles of sustainable development and a sustainable way of life.

 

Topics:

 

action research, green school, multimodal teaching, school plan, sustainability,  well-being

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities (indoor and outdoor games) 

  • Exchanging good practices on sustainable and school life  

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare​

  • Don’t react, argue, reject, push or escalate: alternative strategies
     

Day 3

  • Diffusing emotions

  • Dealing with difficult people

  • Power struggles

  • Ethical differences

  • Cultural nuances


Day 4

  • Turning adversaries into partners

  • Bridging differences


Day 5

  • Negotiation in the classroom

  • Solving classroom issues, mediation between students

  • Teaching negotiation to students

  • Exercises for students of various ages


Day 6 (Additional practice workshops for 7-day courses)

  • Putting problem-solving into action

  • Resolution workshops and practice

  • Bringing it all together


Day 6 or 7 (Depending on course length)

  • Excursion

Note: The program will be dynamic and interactive. The schedule may change
based on the issues posed by the participants and the real resolution
processes in which we engage. Excursion plans for any given course may also
affect the agenda.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

In any group situation, there will be differing opinions and needs. Inevitably, disagreements can occur. To be able to avoid breakdowns and turn these various points of view into strengths rather than obstacles is a key skill for leadership success. Creating win-win situations brings harmony to all our relationships, professional and personal.

COMMUNITY LEARNING

This is an opportunity to meet, connect, make new friends and share knowledge with teachers from other European countries, learn from their challenges and practice skills in a dynamic workshop environment.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The ability to create win-win situations can build harmonious relationships, turn obstacles into successful outcomes and transform capable managers into inspiring leaders.

PERSONAL GROWTH

Being a discerning negotiator is a powerful skill that can serves us in every area of our lives, both professional and personal.

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