Systems Change for a Sustainable World: Becoming a Change Maker in Your Community

About the Course

This course is also available as an on-site workshop at your school.  Click here to request info.

Course Overview

Do you want to make systemic change in your community? In this course, participants explore the challenges and means of integrating sustainability values, principles and practice into education. Special emphasis is placed on the use of systems thinking tools to bring about change and to enhance teaching and learning. Systems thinking tools and methods will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to explore their practical application within their own subject disciplines and as agents of change for school transformation

This is a seven-week cohort-based, (mostly) asynchronous, facilitator guided course, using both independent and collaborative learning methods.

Change making and learning are both enhanced when working together with others! We highly encourage teams of teachers to sign up for this course together so that they can collaborate to deepen their learning and use it to create sustainable action plans they can implement together in their community.

Learn with your team

  • Build a shared language in your community for sustainability
  • Create lesson/unit plans with a partner
  • Have a thought partner (in addition to your facilitator!)
  • Use the money you save towards future sustainability projects! 

Cohort Pricing:

  • $369/person, 3-5 people
  • $329, 6+ people

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will…

• Analyze their community as a system.
• Learn a structured process they can use to make sustainable systems change.
• Gain new tools for their systems thinking toolbox.
• Apply their learning to reflect on a “Central Challenge” in their context.
• Connect with a global cohort of like-minded educators working as agents of sustainable change.
• Explore real-world examples of tools in action from Compass Educators around the world.
• Receive personalized feedback to support their learning.
• Create an action plan for initiating systemic change in their community.

What will you take away from this course?

• A deeper understanding of systems, systemic change, and systems thinking.
• A step-by-step process for making systemic change in your community.
• An array of strategies useful for change-making.
• New systems tools that can be used to support powerful student learning.
• An action plan for bringing systems change to your community.
• A global professional network of educators working towards greater sustainability.


Qualify to apply for Compass Education Level 2 “Compass Educator” Certification which can lead towards certification as a Compass Trainer (if all requirements are complete).

Who should participate?

Educators who have attended Compass Practitioner (Level 1) course and want to learn more about how to create systems change in their community.

Time Expectations

We suggest that educators set aside 2-3 hours per week to do the readings, participate in the discussions and complete the suggested exercises. The course is designed to be immediately applicable in your context and the exercises often relate to your school environment, which is a win-win in the implementation and use of the tools in your classroom.

In addition to the asynchronous participation in the course, you will be invited and strongly encouraged to participate in four optional synchronous sessions with your facilitators. We will do our best to accommodate timing for different time zones.

1-1 Facilitator Support

This course is unique from many online courses because of the focus that we place on supporting our participants in their learning journey. Every participant will be assigned a mentor/facilitator whose educator experience most aligns with theirs. Your facilitator will accompany you throughout, providing personalized feedback and the opportunity to dive deeper based on your context.

Lesson Outlines


Questions? We’d love to hear from you.


Yes!  Compass Education offers several opportunities for larger numbers of participants in both virtual and in person formats.  Please get in touch. 

The course is designed to run asynchronously but participants are encouraged to keep up a pace of one module per week.  Two to three additional live meetings are scheduled (optional) for interested participants who would like to dive deeper or speak directly with their facilitator. 

You can expect to feel comfortable using several new systems tools and integrating them in your classroom lessons.   There are quite a few other outcomes depending on how you show up for the course and what most captures your interest. 

Yes, we offer the same course as a two day onsite workshop.  See the professional development pages of our website. 

You can actively participate in the Level 2 course as long as you are able to identify a central challenge that you want to address using the new systems thinking tools (and familiar) that you will learn. As long as you choose a central challenge that you can still work on in your current context, you should also still be able to begin implementing your action plan which is the prerequisite for applying for Level 2 (Compass Educator) certification.

To become certified by Compass Education as a Compass Educator, you must:

Yes, in most schools this course would qualify.  Every school is different so please check with your school and reach out to our admin team if you have any questions. 

During the course you are encouraged to reach out to your facilitators with questions or with requests for individual support at any time.  We have several options to continue to learn and get support after the course is completed. 

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