hours of Professional Development
4 hours pre-workshop,5.5 hours Face to Face, 2.5 hours post-workshop
There will be
four sessions. The first session will meet for 1 hour, the following
three sessions will meet for 1.5 hours
Facilitated by Earth Ethics
This is part two of a
workshop series, each offering four sessions addressing one of the
central issues of our time - What is the appropriate relationship of
human beings to Earth? Participants will apply the knowledge developed
during Part 1 of the workshop and utilize it to construct a new paradigm
for how we can heal and reconnect with the natural world around us. As
they explore topics in Earth Literacy, they will also develop tools and
concepts to apply sustainable education concepts in their curriculum.
This workshop will be taught
as a group-facilitated discussion, and broken into four sessions. In
this workshop, participants will explore the Universe story from both a
cosmological and scientific perspective. As they reflect on existing
paradigms, they will compare our current anthropocentric view of nature
with an eco-psychological approach as a way to heal ourselves and our
planet. Lastly, they will apply theory to practice by exploring how
they, as individuals and as part of larger systems, including education,
can shape a more sustainable and Earth-affirming future.
Each session’s readings will
be supported by additional resources, including web resources, videos,
and other suggested materials for use in the classroom.
result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Assess how modern science provides a new story, or cosmology, of
how the universe came to be.
Analyze how the new story might affect our understanding of our place in
the universe, and how we are to live in it.
Comprehend and articulate how eco-psychology is key to healing ourselves
and our planet.
Identify actions to implement across systems, including higher
education, that affirm and sustain our relationship with Earth.
Compare and contrast a mechanistic view and an ecological view of
Describe ways to effectively incorporate Earth Literacy concepts
into curriculum, as well as explore trans-disciplinary collaboration
include completion of assigned readings prior to sessions two through
four - minimum of four hours – and completion of workshop. Finally,
participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course
module that incorporates key concepts of this workshop. Lesson plan is
due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the
end of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.
Colleen Ahern-Hettich has
served as the director of the Earth Ethics Institute for the past 11
years. Ms. Ahern-Hettich has served on several boards and committees
including: the Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County,
the Advisory Committee of South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.;
the Economic, Social and Health Issues Committee of the Miami-Dade
County Climate Change Advisory Task Force, the Be Healthy Board, and The
City of Miami Green Commission.
Mike Matthews has served as
the Earth Ethics Institute part-time program professional for the InterAmerican Campus for the past three years. Matthews holds an M.S. in
environmental science from Florida International University. He has
taught as a visiting instructor on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast
University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department
Netiva Kolitz has served as
the Earth Ethics Institute part-time program professional at the Kendall
Campus for the past three years. Ms. Kolitz holds a B.S. degree in
Psychology, and has completed graduate course work both in Environmental
Studies and Education. She has more than 10 years of professional
experience in program coordination, environmental education, and public
outreach. Ms. Kolitz worked as part of the Education Department of
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Alison Walker is EEI
Program Professional at Wolfson Campus. She has worked in environmental
education, community outreach, and professional development for more
than 12 years as an adjunct professor, and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden and the US Department of Agriculture. Ms. Walker received her
B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Sciences from University of Florida.