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SCC Update – November 2016

In this issue:

  • SCC's presentation at AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo in Baltimore
  • Save the Dates for the next three SCC webinars:
    • "Creating Coherence" with Krista Hiser - November 28
    • "Teaching for Sustainability" with Susan Santone and Jess Gerrior - November 30
    • "Stop Dooming & Glooming" with Debra Rowe - December 5
  • Program & Planning Committee underway for SCC spring faculty symposium 
  • Welcome Kimberley D. Smith and Becki Hack to SCC's Advisory Council
SCC presentation at AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo in Baltimore

More than 45 higher education faculty and colleagues attended the SCC 2016 AASHE Conference session, "New Directions for Curriculum Development & Faculty Development through a Consortium Approach." Thanks to all our participants for enthusiastic contributions to the interactive table dialogues dedicated to pedagogy, content and leadership. This excellent input, in addition to our own strategic planning, has given us a solid base of ideas from which to move forward. Some programmatic next steps are covered below, and we are looking forward to sharing many additional action items in the spring. It was great to see so many friends and colleagues in Baltimore. The outpouring of support for SCC's efforts to advance curriculum and faculty development in ESD confirmed for us that we are successfully addressing the needs of the ESD faculty community. Help us spread the word!

Our 2016 AASHE Conference presentation, "New Directions for Curriculum Development & Faculty Development through a Consortium Approach," is available on the SCC website.
Upcoming professional offerings
"Creating Coherence"
First webinar in the series “Mauō: the perpetuation of Well-Being” 
with Krista Hiser, Professor of Composition and System Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, University of Hawaii System
 November 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST
In Mauō Webinar #1, "Creating Coherence: Implementing a System-Level S Designation," Krista Hiser tells the epic tale of a ten year implementation of a system-wide designation for sustainability-focused courses. Any campus implementing or considering implementing similar STARS-based criteria at a campus or system level will relate to the ups, downs, and details of an S Designation. The UH system is currently benchmarking courses throughout the system with a goal to catalyze a rapid diffusion of sustainability content, pedagogy, research, and cultural and community engagement. 

This webinar is the first in a three-part series to be led by Krista Hiser, based on sustainability curricula at the University of Hawaii's ten-campus system. In 2015, President David Lassner signed Executive Policy 4.202. This series presents the story of how this policy helped catalyze a rapid diffusion of sustainability content, pedagogy, and cultural and community engagement. Future webinars will include 
  • Mauō Webinar #2, "Beyond Green Workforce" (sharing new conceptualizations of educating for sustainability careers in Hawaii) and 
  • Mauō Webinar #3, "Island Sustainability" reports from the 5th annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, focusing on the meeting of wisdoms, where indigenous and global perspectives on sustainability meet.
Look for further details about webinars #2 and #3 in future SCC updates.  Pre-register for webinar #1 now!
Click here to pre-register for "Creating Coherence" with Krista Hiser (November 28, 2016).

"Teaching for Sustainability: Curriculum Integration, Instructional Design, and Emerging Faculty Cohorts"
Pedagogy follow-up activity with Susan Santone and Jess Gerrior
November 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST
SCC will be following up our successful sustainability pedagogy webinar series by launching an interactive online forum for higher ed teaching professionals. As our next step in that direction, please attend this next webinar, in which we will lead a cohort-style discussion on faculty-identified issues that emerged in our AASHE 2016 conference session around the three main themes - content, pedagogy, and leadership. We'll draw on your questions and experiences to generate a facilitated dialogue among colleagues, also including insights from conversations between Susan Santone (SCC Advisory Council member) and Jess Gerrior (SCC Director of Learning & Practice). Susan will provide her expert overview of curriculum integration and instructional design, and Jess will introduce SCC's plans for 2017, including the development of our cohort model and skilled support for institutional sustainability education efforts.  Participation by pairs or teams of colleagues is encouraged.
Click here to pre-register for "Teaching for Sustainability" with Susan Santone and Jess Gerrior (November 30, 2016).

"Stop 'Dooming & Glooming': Engage Students in Solutions"
Timely perspectives on climate and policy with Debra Rowe
December 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm EST
Debra Rowe has long been recognized as one of the leaders in the sustainability in higher education movement in the US.  Her tireless work for our community of practice has been an inspiration for us all. Debra has agreed to share her perspectives on the current state of ESD at this critical juncture, especially with respect to climate policy after the Paris Agreement and the transition to the Trump administration. Pre-register now to participate in this compelling dialogue to move beyond the "doom and gloom."

Click here to pre-register for "Stop 'Dooming & Glooming'" with Debra Rowe (December 5, 2016).

Program & Planning Committee underway for faculty symposium

As announced at AASHE 2016 in Baltimore, SCC will convene a faculty-oriented event in late spring 2017.  We will reveal the location and dates for our inaugural event focused on faculty development and curriculum development in our next SCC Update.  The SCC faculty event will center around our three themes: pedagogy, content, and leadership

We are already actively discussing structure and proposed content with many SCC participants.  For our Program & Planning Committee, we are looking for individuals who have or would like to gain experience in planning, marketing and delivering academic institutes and/or conferences to
join the planning team. 

Our aspiration for this initial event is to elevate awareness in higher education of the need to advance curriculum and faculty development in ESD.  We urge all like-minded faculty to step forward and help us shape this important endeavor. We welcome your ideas and your willingness to volunteer for planning and programming activities.  Contact us.
Welcome SCC's newest Advisory Council members

SCC Advisory Council members are leaders and innovators in the education for sustainability field who share SCC's belief that it is time to elevate the role of curriculum and faculty development in the ESD space.  All serve in their individual capacity on a voluntary basis to advise SCC's Leadership and to advance the mission of organization.  See the full SCC Advisory Council. SCC is pleased to announce two new members this month:

Becki Hack, president and founder of Green Whys, is a PROSCI-certified change management consultant and LEED Green Associate who has served as both change management generalist and specialist to organizations on six continents and in New Zealand. In her 18 years of researching and implementing change management best practices, she has worked with non-profits, academia, sustainable business endeavors, and many of the world's largest corporations. Her focus is “getting things done”: leveraging a change management framework and toolkit to implement the change we want to see in the world. She researched process improvement and change implementation best practices with more than half of the Fortune 100, designed and led a change management practice for a now-public tech company, and served in a change implementation leadership role for a Fortune 5 global R&D organizational transformation. Becki is a staunch proponent of marrying human potential with meaningful work—a systems thinker with an MBA in Sustainable Management who is committed to helping organizations develop the talent to solve global sustainability challenges.  In her home life she serves at the pleasure of two Labrador Retriever mixes, regularly participates in neighborhood efforts to build community and protect the surrounding urban forest, contributes to biodiversity conservation, and seeks opportunities to expand upon her 2015 exploration of U.S. public lands and connections to place.

Kim D. Smith is a sociology instructor at Portland Community College (PCC), in Portland, Oregon, an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Board member, and Director of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In her journey toward working in international sustainable development, Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. Her dissertation research focused on the timber conflict in Oregon. Other accomplishments include: representing AASHE at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development where she joined a coalition of leaders to promote the role of higher education in sustainable development; leading the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Summit on ESD, in Japan; and helping author the Global Action Programme on ESD Implementation Recommendations for the U.S.. Dr. Smith is working with a coalition of multi-sector leaders to identify how formal and nonformal education can help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including implementing recommendations on how education can be the “driver” for the SDGs. Dr. Smith collaborates with UNESCO, UN University, and the Global Alliance, in addition to serving as AASHE’s international liaison and an International Fellow with the U.S. Partnership for ESD, in order to highlight and report success stories in our higher education campus communities and beyond.  She is committed to offering hope for a sustainable future through education and civic engagement.
Our closing note…

We have included you in our distribution of this SCC Update because we have identified you as a leader in higher education for sustainability. Many of you have either attended one of our sessions or spoken with us about curriculum and faculty development issues at recent sustainability in higher education events.

We believe it is time for institutions and their academic leaders to address the professional development and curriculum development needs of a dynamic, diverse, and intellectually rich community that is increasingly called to step up and serve the greater global good. Moreover, we sense that despite institutions’ best efforts to embrace sustainability, curriculum development and faculty professional development have lagged behind other initiatives such as carbon/climate impact reduction, environmentally responsible purchasing, and campus greening. 

We hope that if these messages resonate, you will join us and our partners as we proceed with a range of focused and responsive activities to advance the curriculum and faculty development state of play. Your views on the greatest challenges facing sustainability educators will continue to inform our path forward.

Ira & Jess
Ira Feldman
SCC Founder & Managing Director

Jess Gerrior
SCC Director of Learning & Practice

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