6 hours of Professional Development
3 hours Face to Face,3 hours post-workshop
Facilitated by Earth Ethics
This workshop offers an
overview of Earth Ethics Institute’s Global Sustainability and Earth
Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network. Participants learn about
development and operations of GSELS. GSELS faculty learn how to broaden
their GSELS-designated courses to include additional GSELS course
criteria, as well as best practices of faculty learning communities.
Participants explore Sustainable Education, a concept created by Stephen
Sterling and described as “a change of educational culture, one which
develops and embodies the theory and practice of sustainability in a way
which is critically aware. It is therefore a transformative paradigm
which values, sustains and realizes human potential in relation to the
need to attain and sustain social, economic and ecological well-being,
recognizing that they must be part of the same dynamic.” Contrast will
be made of mechanistic versus ecological worldviews, and a
multidisciplinary collaborative approach to education will be
endorsed. Resources and key GSELS content, including Earth Literacy,
sustainable development, the Earth Charter, principles of ecology, the
Eight Guiding Principles of Global Citizenship, and UNESCO’s Four
Pillars of Lifelong Learning will be reviewed.
the GSELS Learning Network history and participation processes
GSELS guiding philosophy and resources
GSELS course content
and contrast GSELS-related and GSELS-focused course curricula
examples of how GSELS course criteria can be applied to a given course
the scope of an existing GSELS-designated course by incorporating
additional course criteria
how GSELS faculty have created Faculty Learning Communities that model
-Develop a GSELS curriculum
Evaluation will include
completion of workshop and participant must develop a discipline
specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates a minimum of
three GSELS course criteria for those who have never participated in
GSELS and a minimum of six for those who have offered a GSELS-designated
course. Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute
within three weeks of the end of the workshop, and will be posted on the
Earth Ethics webpage.
Mike Matthews has
served as EEI Collegewide Director since 2019, and prior to this served
as EEI Program Professional for Padrón Campus since 2012.
Matthews holds an M.S. in environmental studies from Florida
International University. He has taught on the faculty of Florida Gulf
Coast University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department and as an
adjunct professor at Florida International University.
Netiva Kolitz has
served as EEI Program Professional at Kendall Campus since 2012. Ms.
Kolitz holds a B.S. in Psychology, and has completed graduate course
work in Environmental Studies and Education. She has more than 10 years
of experience in program coordination, environmental education, and
public outreach. Ms. Kolitz worked in the Education Department of
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
has served as EEI
Program Professional at North Campus since 2016. He is
an environmental educator interested in co-creating community building
aligned in nature. He graduated from Florida International University
with BA in Religious Studies and Liberal Studies with certificates in
Environmental Studies and Spirituality.
Dr. Mark Tirpak
has served as EEI
Program Professional at Padrón
Campus since 2020.
He has a background in urban planning and research as well as
community and youth development, project management, and service
design. He is passionate about frugal innovation -- or creative
problem-solving in the face of limited resources and other