Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development


Sustainability.

Thinking more.
Taking less.

Curriculum Development Samples

Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance quality of life for all community members present and future. Sustainability is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum.

As educators, we have a chance to prepare students to keep Central Florida the great place to live that it is now — and ensure it’s still a great place to live for their children’s children. We are preparing the future leaders of our community. We have an opportunity to help students understand our connection to the larger global community and get them to think critically about the delicate balance needed to sustain our economic, environmental, social and cultural capital.

For sustainability integration ideas, we have created a worksheet based on the “Big Ideas” instructional approach to integrating sustainability from Evergreen State College. See how your course learning outcomes can align.

Curriculum Connections Worksheet

Destination 2017: Education for Sustainability:
A Transformative Learning Experience
Destination 2018: Sustainability: Thinking Critically About Quality of Life

By the end of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, participants in the sustainability tracks complete their sustainability-infused lesson plans, which they worked on over the course of the 5-week experience. We are excited to share their completed lesson plans with you and hope that they inspire meaningful ways to incorporate sustainability into your curriculum as well.

A.J. Lash  Sociology SYG 2000 Intro to Sociology  2018
A.J. Lash  Sociology SYG 2000 Intro to Sociology 2017
Adrienne Mathews Political Science POS2112 State and Local Government 2018
Amanda Norbutus  Chemistry CHM1020 Chemistry in Everyday Life 2018
Carlos Rosetti  Biology BSC1005 Biological Science 2018
Christopher Swafford Digital Media Technology DIG 200C Introduction to Digital Media and Design 2017
Dana Hankins Law PLA 2800C Family Law 2017
Deana Kalakay Management MAN 2021 Principals of Management 2017
Debby Fahey Nursing NUR 1401C NURSING III (Pediatrics, Mother/Baby, Women’s Health) 2017
Deszo Bartha  Humanities HUM1020 Intro to Humanities 2018
Donna Brown Reading and writing ENC 0027 Developmental Reading and Writing II 2017
Eunice Laurent  Biology BSC1005 Biological Science 2018
Faulys Ponceano Mathematics MAT 0022C Developmental Math Combined 2017
Frank Maier Mathematics MAT 0022C Developmental Math Combined 2017
Ivan Hristov  Mathematics MGF1106 College Mathematics 2018
James Vrhovac English Composition ENC 1101 Freshman Composition I 2017
Jennifer Adams  Mathematics MAT1033C Intermediate Algebra 2018
Jim Belcher Environmental Science EVR 1001 Environmental Science 2017
Josh Castro  Science ENV1001 Intro to Environmental Science 2018
Kim Mancas  Biology BSC1010C General Biology I 2018
Kinyel Ragland  Peace Studies PAX1000 Introduction to Peace Studies 2018
Kirsten Holt  Communications ENC1101 English Composition I 2018
Lisa Macon  Computer Programming COP1000C Intro to Programming  2018
Michael Moniz  Communications SPC1608 Fundamentals of Speech 2018
Nardia Cumberbatch  Library Sciences HSA4702 Research Methods & Info Literature 2018
Natalie Yrisarry Communications SPC1608 Fundamentals of Speech 2018
Peter Furlong Philosophy PHI 2600 Ethics and Critical Thinking 2017
Rachel Root Anthropology ANT2000 Introductory Anthropology 2018
Radu Bunea Engineery Technologies ETS 12100C Introduction to Photonics 2017
Ricardo Silva  Biology BSC1010C General Biology I 2018
Richard Williams New Student Experience SLS 1122 New Student Experience 2017
Ronda Bailey  Communications SPC1017 Interpersonal Communication 2018
Shahin Kanani Biology BSC 1020 Human Biology 2017
Steven Browdy Mathematics MAC 1105 College Algebra 2017
Tom Birol Communications ENC1101 English Composition I 2018
Wendy Wish  English for Academic Purposes 1586C High Intermediate Integrated Reading, Speaking, & Listening for English Language Learners 2018
William Weiss  Science OCE1001 Intro to Oceonography 2018
Zach Marion Communications ENC1101 English Composition I 2018

First 30

In 2016, Valencia College developed and implemented a new learning community model called First 30. The First 30 model offers students a clear academic pathway and a plan to graduate in their college career. Students are guaranteed courses for their declared major and are pre-registered in thirty college-level credits throughout the first three terms. Through co-curricular and community-based learning, students engage in real-world application of content to strengthen their academic, pre-professional and personal learning goals.

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Valencia STEAM Sustainability

Debra Hollister, Professor, Psychology
Brian Macon, Professor, Mathematics
Freeda Foreman Chair in Collaborative and Creative Problem-Solving
STEAM Sustainability

This endowed chair will be used to build a student community on campus with a guest speaker series that will invite experts to talk about their careers and the importance of sustainability in their fields. The chair will also encourage students collegewide to utilize their creative side by making a video about a creative solution for current issues related to sustainability. The top two or three student groups, as determined by a panel of judges, will earn the chance to attend and present their work at a conference on sustainability.

 

The Piedmont/ Ponderosa Model of Faculty Development

Curricular Innovation for Sustainability: The Piedmont/ Ponderosa Model of Faculty Development

The Piedmont/Ponderosa model is a successful approach to curricular change that has inspired faculty at dozens of colleges and universities around the country.

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The Ponderosa Project

The Ponderosa Project

The Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an interdisciplinary faculty group effort to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into university courses with the ultimate goal of providing future citizens the education and skills necessary to achieve sustainable communities and societies.

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The Piedmont Project

The Piedmont Project

The Piedmont Project emerged as a grassroots effort on the part of a group of faculty to strengthen Emory’s engagement with environmental issues and sustainability. At the heart of the project is a curriculum development effort that seeks to foster an invigorated intellectual community to address global issues and local sustainability challenges.

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The Magnolias Curriculum Project

The Magnolias Curriculum Project

An innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Browse curated resources and syllabi developed by participants in this collaborative workshop.

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The Cumberland Project

The Cumberland Project

The Cumberland Project is part of a larger effort at Vanderbilt University entitled the Sustainability Project, an effort to create a campus-wide conversation that will both deepen understandings of and commitments to sustainability. The Sustainability Project is generously funded by the College of Arts and Science Fant Fund.

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