Service Learning and Sustainability Summer Institute

Serve Learn and Compass Education

Service Learning and Sustainability Summer Institute

by Serve Learn and Compass Education
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Service Learning and Sustainability Online Institute

Dates: 25th to 29th of June, 2020

Join our engaging and interactive 5 day workshop and receive two certifications after completion of all learning assessments: 

  1. Serve Learn Level 1 Practitioner and Certification
  2. Compass Educator Level 1 Practitioner and Certification



This online 5 day intensive course includes interactive video, live instruction, group collaboration, and individualized time to work on integrating what you have learned into your curriculum. Designed specifically for K-12 educators to support the implementation of authentic service learning and sustainability both inside and outside of classrooms and schools with community.


To develop foundational knowledge about Service Learning and Sustainability and how to embed these within classrooms, schools, with community. Opportunities to engage in collaboration on service learning models, system thinking tools, partnerships, impacts, resources, service learning and sustainability units/assessments, and engaging teaching strategies to help educators successfully embed at their schools. Participants will gain a greater awareness of their own systems contexts, skill in using systems thinking tools and the ability to successfully incorporate and align sustainability with existing curriculum. Understanding the IBDP CAS Guidelines and the standards and benchmarks for service learning integration will be explored.

Enduring Understandings:

Service learning provides meaningful opportunities to expand knowledge, apply concepts, develop skills and dispositions, and gain insight and understanding of community for agency and impact.
Systems thinking enables educators to help their students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world.

Learning Outcomes:

Understanding what service learning is, and why all schools need a service learning program based on research.
Knowledge of how to implement the standards of service learning in a current unit through engaging instructional strategies for learner agency and impact.
Know how to set up meaningful community partnerships for projects, sustainability and impact.
Discuss the imperative for sustainability education and Identify sustainability dispositions and examine their compatibility with personal educational philosophy and institutional values
Understand the Compass as a whole system thinking tool supporting sustainability habits of mind. Explore the educational uses of systems thinking tools (behavior over time graphs, closed loop diagrams and the Iceberg Model)
Examine how sustainability perspectives and systems thinking tools can be integrated into teaching and learning by adapting a unit/lesson plans to integrate sustainability perspectives and systems thinking tools
Participants will spend approximately 3 hours online and two hours of independent study and application of learning each day.


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Instructor/Facilitator and Feedback:

To receive the Level 1 Serve Learn and Level 1 Compass certificate of participation participants need to complete all learning activities. Detailed feedback will be provided on the performance tasks that form the basis of the course summative assessments at the end of the workshop on Day 5.

Note: Those wishing to receive the ‘Compass Practitioner’ (Level 1) certification will need to submit an application for certification including appropriate evidence.

Required Reading:
Barton, T. (2019). Service Learning Vs Community Service: Why All Schools Need A Service Learning Program Now!
Barton, T. (2019). Building An Inquiry Based Learning Continuum: Checklist Included
AtKisson, A. (2011) Believing Cassandra: How to be an Optimist in a Pessimist’s World. Earthscan Publishing.
Available on: Amazon in paperback and Kindle (here)
Webster K, and Johnson, C. (2010) Sense and Sustainability: Educating for a Circular Economy. TerraPreta 2010 in association with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and InterfaceFLOR.



Tara Barton

Developed a passion for service learning on her first visit to South Africa as part of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Creativity, Activity, Action (CAS) program in 2002. The experience inspired her passion to develop sustainable and meaningful service learning in schools around the world. Tara is the Director of and provides educational consulting, professional development workshops, coaching, and resources. Serve Learn curriculum (K-12 units, assessments, lesson plans, and resources) has been adopted by several schools around the world for meaningful service learning in schools for impact. Tara is the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA) Service Learning Programme Coordinator for the region. Beyond her Bachelor of Education, Tara has a Master of Educational Leadership (LeHigh, USA) and her Principals Training Certificate (PTC). She is an Understanding by Design (UbD) Trainer and is currently completing her Coaching Certification (UW, USA). Tara’s home is Australia, she has worked as an educational thought leader internationally for 18 years in the Middle East, Asia, and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.



Larence Myers

Laurence Myers

Laurence Myers is originally from Athens, Greece and is proud of it!  He is currently the Service Learning Coordinator at the American School of Dubai (ASD). Prior to his current position he held the position of Sustainability & Service Learning Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. He has taught economics, history, government, social studies, health and physical education at the middle and high school levels since 1997. He also serves as a steering committee member for Compass Education, a not-for-profit organization focusing on sustainability education through systems thinking processes and tools. 

Laurence holds an M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in International Relations from The College of Wooster. More recently he also holds a Sustainability Leadership certificate from Ithaca College as well as a Serve & Learning Certificate in Service Learning from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

His current work primarily emphasizes curriculum development and integration of ASD’s service learning framework across all learning environments but also includes heavy doses of collaboration and communication with administration, staff and external organizations. At ISKL he spearheaded ISKL’s accreditation process through the Eco-Schools program and guided ISKL’s efforts leading up to the receipt of Malaysia’s very first Green Flag award. He also serves as the facilitator for the Compass Education online certificate course – Compass Level 1: Compass Practitioner. 

Laurence has facilitated sustainability, service learning and systems thinking workshops and professional training both within the school setting and at conferences in Asia and the Middle East. He was a founding member of the National Working Group for ESD in Malaysia, focusing on curriculum development and professional learning structures related to ESD infusion for national schools.  He is also a founding member of the NESA collaborative on service learning, sustainability education and global citizenship education.

When not working with sustainability and service learning he is seen coaching student athletes (in volleyball and basketball), supporting environmental initiatives, engaging in outdoor learning experiences or spending quality time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, ideally in natural settings.



Date And Time

2020-06-25 @ 09:00 to
2020-06-29 @ 15:00



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