Compass Education Level 2 Workshop

Workshop Overview

Do you want to deepen your systems thinking practice to make systemic change in your community?

In this 2-day workshop, participants will 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 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.

Change-making and learning are both enhanced when working together with others! You can collaborate with your team to deepen your learning and use it to create sustainable action plans you can implement together in your community.

This workshop is also available online. Click here for more information and upcoming courses.

Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, 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 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 useful strategies 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.
• Qualification to apply for Compass Education Level 2 “Compass Educator” Certification which can lead towards certification as a Compass Trainer.

Who should participate?

Educators who have completed Compass Education Level 1 "Compass Practitioner" course and want to learn more about how to create systems change in their community.

Time Expectations

This workshop is hosted by a school or organization with 12 hours of content over 2 days. Contact [email protected] for information about hosting a workshop at your school or info on where the next workshop will be.


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).

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

Lesson 1: Engage Your Systems Thinking Toolbox

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Identify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
• Re-engage with the Sustainability Compass as a tool for analytical thinking.
• Re-engage with other systems thinking tools from the Compass Practitioner Course.

Lesson 2: The VISIS Pyramid

By the end of the lesson, you  will be able to:

Understand the basic elements of the Pyramid (VISIS) model as a sustainable action planning process.
Identify a personal “central challenge” to tackle with the Pyramid.

Lesson 3: Vision and Indicators

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Create a personal vision of change for your community.
Identify indicators for understanding trends within your professional context.
Understand “What’s happening?” in your community regarding your “central challenge”.

Lesson 4: Systems

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Recognize various systems archetypes.
Use a simulation to reflect on the difficulties associated with managing common resources.
• Create a systems map for your context.
• Understand why trends you notice surrounding your “central challenge” issue are happening.

Lesson 5: Innovation

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Recognize your spheres of influence for making change.
Find potential leverage points to tackle your “central challenge”.

Lesson 6: Strategy

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Understand the basic principles of innovation diffusion theory.
Use the Amoeba to develop strategy for introducing new ideas into group cultures, communities, and organisations.
Apply the Ladder of Inference to surface your decision making process.
Strategize how to achieve your sustainable action plan.

Lesson 7: Action Planning

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

Create an action plan that utilizes one or more of the tools/processes/ideas shared in this course in a contextually appropriate format.

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Workshop in Action


Michael Johnston

Compass Facilitator

Kath Lane

Compass Facilitator

Kate Doré

Compass Facilitator, Compass Engagement Group (Asia-Pacific) Leader

Teresa Tung

Executive Committee, Compass Facilitator

Michelena McPherson

Compass Facilitator, Compass Engagement Group (Middle East & Africa) Leader

Questions? We’d love to hear from you.


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 workshop and what most captures your interest. 

Yes, we offer the same course as a regular (7-weeks) or intensive (2 weeks) online course.  See the Level 2 online course page for more infomation. 

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. 

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