Education for Sustainability What are successful examples for the integration of sustainability into teacher education and leadership? What are the barriers and drivers for educators and academics in integrating sustainable education?

Ludmila Smirnova, Ph. D. and Sonya Abbye Taylor, Ed. D

Essential Questions: How can we change the segregated functions of schools to function as a system? How do we get leaders to understand how valuable systems thinking can be to the development of young minds?

“A learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future.” ~ Peter Senge

“Like a pane of glass framing and subtly distorting our vision, mental models determine what we see.” ~ Peter Senge

Could our mental models of education be keeping us from focusing on what schools can truly become?

“Courage is simply doing whatever is needed in pursuit of the vision.” ~ Peter Senge

Why is that model in place? - Function follows form - when we change the form we change the function. ~Louis Sullivan

A Sensory Garden in the Projection

The change starts with the leader… And the leader creates new leaders!

Classrooms and students are outside
The garden drew everyone from all grades and all disciplines...together
children, teachers, parents, building leadership and the College community into a common project;
bridging barriers hold us back.

“Don’t push growth; remove the factors limiting growth.” ~ Peter Senge

“Leadership is about creating new realities.” Peter Senge

Sustainable development Curriculum
Teaching is Learning Twice
Fourth-graders create Sustainable Cities
Giving Students voice
Growing New Leaders
Bishop Dunn Memorial School in its new reality!

“The vision is what you want the reality to become and the reality is awareness of what it is.” ~Peter Senge

Ludmila Smirnova and Sonya Abbye Taylor

Created By
Lyudmila Smirnova


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