Climate Change Literacy Programme
There are a range of problems related to land, air & water pollution, as well as waste management, loss of biodiversity, and energy insecurity. All of these are connected to the complex issue of climate change. Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation in partnership with Consilience conducted a Climate change Literacy event for 30 heads of schools at J.W Marriot, Mumbai. The main focus of the programme was to impart education about environment related issues and potential solutions.
Dr. Prasad Modak gave a short presentation on Climate Change and the importance of teaching sustainability. Following the presentation the participants walked through the Climate Change Resources Toolkit exhibit designed by Ekonnect. Ekonnect had also put up Personal Carbon Footprint (PCF) stall, wherein participants keenly calculated their personal footprints and were sensitized about Environmental issues around the globe.
About Education 2020
Approaches to 21st Century skills in school education have evolved so that teaching goes beyond facts to a deeper understanding of concepts. Dr. Lynn Erickson has pioneered the work on Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction. This framework enables teachers to design units that are concept driven, yet derived from the critical content of subject disciplines and transferable skills.
The focus of this presentation is to propose moving from a topic centric to an idea centric curriculum. This framework is a tool which provides teachers a way to develop a deep understanding of concepts and to cultivate transferrable skills in their teaching and learning process. This presentation will introduce a three-dimensional curriculum and instruction model that allows teachers to impart both factual and conceptual knowledge with greater depth and rigor. Dr. Erickson has created a Structure of Knowledge, which enables the student to develop intellectual dispositions. Dr. Erickson’s structure acknowledges the value of factual knowledge as being important for thinking and problem solving.
This presentation will touch upon conceptual understandings and discuss the value of teaching using generalizations, also known as enduring understandings, which will scaffold student thinking to deeper levels.
Concept-based teaching as outlined above is a universal approach to education, and not restricted to any particular Board of Education. This presentation introduces school leaders to a powerful framework, which teachers across schools can implement into their curriculum planning so as to impact education at a wider level.