resources for teaching

Crowd sourced, educator sourced, real resources for real educators in the classroom.

About Compass education good teaching and learning

Compass Education is committed to your success in the classroom.  

We work hard everyday to share great ideas and provide quality, useful resources to facilitate teaching sustainability and systems thinking. We encourage you to explore our database of more than 200 teacher submitted lesson plans or view the videos, community chats and other resources that have been developed by our global team of educators and facilitators. 

Lesson Plans for every subject

Wondering how you might use the Compass Tools in science, in english class, in math, economics or even in physical education?  Compass Education has hundreds of lesson plans sourced from Compass educators around the world.  The plans can be sorted by subject, grade level or Compass tool.   

Submit your Lesson Plan

Have you used the tools with success in the classroom?  Share your lesson plans with Compass Educators and support sustainability education across the globe!    

If you recently completed Compass Level 1 or Level 2 training, submit your lesson plan for certification.

Our Recommendations

Here is a collection of great books for every age that can be used to teach sustainability and systems thinking. For each book we have included a description of how you might utilize the compass tools in your classroom discussion and process.


There are many videos that help to teach sustainability and systems thinking to students or expand your own understanding. Here is a collection of our favorites and a few ideas how they might be used in the classroom.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay updated on our latest news and resources

Other Organizations Doing Great Work

There are some pretty amazing organizations and resources out there to support your work in teaching sustainability and systems thinking in the classroom.
Here are some of our favorites.

The World's Largest Lesson

The World's Largest Lesson promotes use of the Sustainable Development Goals in learning so that children can contribute to a better future for all. They have a HUGE RESOURCE database. Check it out!


A complement to the popular Ted Talks, this is a packed resource for educators, parents and students. Search sustainability, systems thinking or anything!

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

A spectacular organization that is dedicated to accelerating the shift to a circular economy. The resources are best for educators and older students.

Waters Center for Systems Thinking

The Waters Center has excellent visual resources to facilitate systems habits in educators and students. Check out the Thinking Tools studio for short lessons on each systems thinking tool.

Contribute to Sustainability Today

The Compass Educator community is the foundation and the future of the organization. We are driven to innovate and improve the Compass tools to contribute to a more sustainable world, recognizing our tremendous opportunity as educators and catalysts for a better future.

Since 2006, Compass Education resources have been designed, tested and improved by educators in the classroom and we invite you to contribute to our growing movement with your ideas, collaborations and best practices. There are many ways to participate and we hope that you do!
Improve Our Curriculum Database
Did you use the tools and create a great lesson or class experience. Did you use the tools with a particular book, concept or activity that you think others might love to learn more about. Share your written curriculum or make a short video of your experience. We would love to hear from you!
Write an Article
Have you used the tools and learned something? Do you want to share your experience by writing a article that we will share on our social media outlets, in our newsletter, blog and with other educators. Submit your article here.
Share on Social Media

Share your use of the compass tools on social media. Have fun and use any of these hashtags to let us know, so that we can share it too!

#compass_ed #sustainabilitycompass #compasseducation

Compass for Profit?

The Compass Tools are licensed for non profit and educational use only… but our mission is to spread them far and wide and we would love your help! If you would like to incorporate the Compass tools in curriculum that you sell or use them in your consultancy or other for profit enterprise, please contact us. 

We’re making a difference 166 SCHOOLS

Compass Education is on a mission to share our tools with 1 million educators by 2030. Join our community of dedicated educators and follow our growth on social media!
Scroll to Top