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What is E S D?
Reorienting Education
Localizing the Global Initiative
Challenges and Barriers to E S D
Community Sustainability Goals
Case Study: Toronto, Canada Board of Education
Managing Change
Public Participation
Concluding remarks
Tools to Introduce the Concept of Sustainable Development
Tools to Create Community Goals
Tools to Reorient Education to Address Sustainability
Tools for Managing Change
Web resources

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by Regina Rizzi

One of the great challenges of embracing ESD will be to reorient current curriculums to address sustainability. Once a curriculum is written, it is difficult to change; tradition is a powerful force in keeping the status quo. To add or drop anything from the curriculum will probably require deliberate action. The following exercises will help educators, curriculum designers, and administrators to begin the process of reorienting education. These exercises are designed to help you answer the question what can or should I do differently? These exercises will not help you to completely redesign the curriculum; they will, however, help you to take initial steps.

The exercises to reorient education to address sustainability are:

  1. Basic Components of ESD
  2. Project Y
  3. Unity is Strength
  4. Weeding the Curriculum
  5. Making your Ideas Fly!
  6. Stoplight
  7. Issues-based Education for Sustainability
  8. Community Forum

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