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SENCER and Sustainability Best Practices


6 hours of Professional Development
3 hours Face to Face, 3 hours post-workshop assignment

Facilitated by Mike Matthews with Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies Eertified Professors     

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) is a nationwide network of educators, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, integrating civic engagement and a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning methodology into STEM and humanities classrooms, informal teaching situations, and more.  This workshop combines Earth Ethics Institute’s (EEI) Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network, SENCER specifics, and GSELS faculty perspectives on engaging with SENCER.  GSELS faculty who have applied SENCER in a GSELS course and/or attended the SENCER Summer Institute annual conference will provide insight into their experience with SENCER.  Best practices for implementing SENCER in conjunction with the Institute’s GSELS Learning Network will be identified and discussed.  Also included will be coaching in integrating key components of sustainability, (including the four pillars of sustainability) into SENCER/GSELS classes and an examination of SENCER’s Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) assessment instrument.

As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:

-Apply the SENCER approach in GSELS designated courses , including use of the Sustainability and SENCER SALG

-Describe how the four pillars of sustainability relate to civic issues.

-Employ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning methodology with GSELS

-Create multidiscipline curricula through the GSELS lens and sustainability pedagogy

-Evaluate SALG assessment data feedback


Within three weeks of completion of this workshop, participants will submit a detailed plan illustrating how they would integrate the SENCER approach (including civic learning and the SALG) and GSELS criteria in an existing course. 


Mike Matthews has served as the Earth Ethics Institute Part-time Program Professional for the InterAmerican Campus for the past three years. Matthews holds an M.S. in environmental science from Florida International University. He has taught as a visiting instructor on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department. Matthews attended the SENCER Summer Institute in 2013 and developed and facilitated two  previous EEI CTD SENCER workshops. 

GSELS SENCER Faculty – MDC Faculty who have designated courses as GSELS-related or GSELS-focused and who have employed the SENCER approach in existing courses.


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