Student Empowerment Training at Dalian American International School (DAIS)

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by Robert Steele and Michael Lees

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Robert Steele and Michael Lees, two of the Compass Education’s trainers, had the great opportunity to continue to spread our CE tools and methods to the Administration, Faculty, Staff and students of Dalian American International School (DAIS), located in Dalian, China. On the 4-6 August 2015, they trained eighteen amazingly talented and passionate High School students on sustainability and systems thinking, utilizing games and tools from AtKisson Group (Compass) and The Systems Playbook (Booth-Sweeny and Meadows). These students then trained seventy-five of their teachers and other invited guest on the same materials. It really was empowering for both the students and teachers, as they were able to reverse roles and perspectives as teachers, facilitators and learners.

Michael Lees also inspired the school faculty with a personal relevant keynote address, followed later by a whole school sustainability and leadership seminar for the school sustainability leadership team.

Visit the blog of Michael Baldwin,the science teacher and sustainability guru of Dalian American International School, which describes what has become of this training for students on sustainability and what it means for their school at

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