Teacher Training

What does a course look like that triggers students to wanting to contribute to a better world? How do you help them cope with the major challenges of our society? And how do you encourage them to feel that they can play an important professional role in contributing to a sustainable development?

It is challenging, as a teacher, to cover global development issues in a way that motivates students to wanting to ‘get started and solve the challenges’, rather than adding to climate anxiety and feelings of resignation.

In this hands-on and practical course, you – as a teacher or leader in education – will get a set of concrete tools and methods for integrating sustainable development. The focus is on practical implementation in the classroom, intended learning outcomes and assessment, as well as on the progression of the subject sustainable development through the education.

After the course you will…

  • understand what makes sustainability education difficult – and have a set of tools to deal with these concrete challenges,
  • have trained on delivering concrete classroom activities to give your students insights on the global challenges, complex systems and the ability to discuss tricky dilemmas involving opposing values and opinions in a constructive manner,
  • have the ability to discuss the connection between sustainable development and your teaching subject, with students and colleagues,
  • plan the integration of sustainable development at course level,
  • contribute to discussions with colleagues in the planning of integration of sustainable development at programme level,
  • have tools to continuously build your own expertise in sustainable development

Snowflake Education develops learning tools for integrating sustainable development into courses and programmes. Examples of these tools are pedagogical board games, an online platform and a method for integrating sustainable development through an education programme by developing a so-called virtual course plan for this. During this course, we will use and refer to these tools, products and methods as well as discussing and demonstrating other methods described in the literature.

Register for the next course: Pedagogical Methods for Integrating Sustainable Development in Education (course starts: 20 August 2019). The course is in English. To register for the corresponding course in Swedish, click here.

The course starts off with a common course meeting, but most of the course is given online and is based on individual coaching from the course leaders. The exact course design is therefore tailor-made based on each course participant's individual needs, with regular reconciliations with the course leaders.

Course outline:

  • Module 1: two full days with interactive exercises and workshop seminars (Stockholm, Sweden, 20-21 August)
  • Module 2: Classroom activities for teaching sustainable development (in your own place, 26 August – 27 September)
  • Module 3: Practical training in performing classroom activities (in your own place, 30 September – 1 November)
  • Module 4: Integrating sustainable development in education (in your own place, 4 November – 29 November)
  • Module 5: Implementing sustainability education as a red thread through all education: planning, organisational challenges, and tools for continuing the process (in your own place, 2 December – 8 January)
  • Module 6: two full days of challenging activities, presentations and wrap up of the course (Stockholm, Sweden, 9-10 January)

Modules 1 and 6 will be physical meetings in Stockholm (Sweden), while Modules 2-5 are carried out as a distance course at the participants’ own institutions and with guidance from the course leaders. During the course, participants report their work and get feedback from the course leaders, both in written reports and at online meetings. Each module comprises five weeks. Expect a workload of an average of four hours per week.

The methods demonstrated during the course are based on modern educational concepts such as digital learning, blended learning, flipped-classroom, active learning and serious games. The course focuses on teaching tools for integrating sustainable development at the course and programme level.

Together with your course colleagues you will be able to try a number of educational tools, both as a teacher and in the role of a student. During the course you will be given the opportunity to initiate a process of change at your institution, alternatively work on a concrete, reality-based case that simulates this.

Your own project work during the course is based on your work within teaching at your own institution (at course or programme level, whichever is most relevant to you). You will receive personalized tutoring and feedback throughout the course.

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