Introduction to Global Sustainability


Dates pending



The Centre – Professional Learning Rooms


Charles Mackenzie-Smith


PP-12, all Learning areas can benefit from the Global Sustainability framework.



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The Course

Sustainability has traditionally been viewed narrowly as the concern for our global environmental future. It is so much more than this. There has never been a time with so much opportunity and yet so much at risk from a multitude of pressures. Language, culture, biodiversity, human rights, social justice, population mobility, stress on resources, education to name a few. In an unpredictable, interconnected and ever-changing world, we are all affected. Global Sustainability is a pedagogy concerned with developing critical and ethical decision-making, and developing empathy. It also aims to develop an awareness of how we can learn with perspective and evaluate what is best for our own, and our wider society’s future.

This PD course will assist you to more confidently look at ways to incorporate Global Sustainability concepts into your planning. It will assist you to find strategies, source knowledge about the realm, create learning environments related to Global Sustainability thinking and also aid to establish Global Sustainability learner dispositions.  It will actively involve you in the planning process and equip you with some ready-to-use resources to start planning straight away. This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well those who been involved in previous Global Sustainability PDs.

The Program

The two sessions will focus on different elements of the Global Sustainability.

Session 1:     Discover Global Sustainability.

What do we actually mean by Global Sustainability? How does Global Sustainability apply to my area, my teaching? As a teacher, how do I get my students to think about others and the world? How can I encourage students to explore ideas of Global Sustainability?

Session2:         Create, Plan

How can students take these skills and dispositions into other learning contexts?

How can I plan with the realms in mind? How can incorporate Global Sustainability into my planning?

The Presenter

Charles is Head of Learning (Global Sustainability) at St. Paul’s School. Part of his role involves coaching and helping staff to utilise Global Sustainability concepts and incorporate them in their planning.

He is enthusiastic about incorporating real world problems and provocations into the classroom so that students can invest in authentic learning tasks.

His passion is directed towards fostering a culture of global citizenship at St Paul’s and helping students to critically think about issues that affect their future in this world.