In an ever-changing world, understanding the deeply connected human and ecological systems that sustain our planet has never been more important. The explorer mindset—a mix of curiosity, resiliency, determination and desire to connect with places near and far—helps people build a relationship with the planet in a unique way. Modern explorers are no longer just people we see in magazines or read about in books. The explorers of today are everyday people—including teachers and their students.
Exploring the world around us
Since 2011, a group of St. Louis-area organizations—USGBC Missouri Gateway chapter, Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, Madison County Government, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, in partnership with St. Louis County Department of Public Health—have collaborated to plan and host the annual three-day Sustainability Institute for Educators. Each year, the Institute challenges participants to help learners build awareness, recognize responsibility, and take action as global citizens working to build a sustainable world.
Sustainability Institute for Educators
When: June 18–20, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, Missouri
The 2019 institute, themed "Exploring the World Around Us: Using Technology to Build Connections," will focus on the intersection of exploration, places and sustainability. Using technology as a vehicle, educators will investigate local and global connections—all from their own classroom, learning space or schoolyard.
Presenters and sessions
Keynote speaker Peg Keiner will kick things off with a presentation on using technology to investigate, communicate, educate and innovate as a way of connecting to a larger global movement of sustainability. Keiner is the 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow, Director of Innovation at GEMS World Academy in Chicago, a Google Earth Education Expert and the Global Goal Ambassador for the United Nations Association Chicago Chapter.
Additional speakers and sessions will explore BiomeSTL: Biodiversity of Metropolitan St. Louis, iNaturalist, National Geographic Explorer Classroom, the Explorer Mindset, Green Ribbon Schools, digital storytelling, the rainbow of sustainability, data visualization tools, electronics disassembly and e-waste. Attendees can also gather resources at the Tech and Resource Fair.