Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development


Sustainability.

Thinking more.
Taking less.

Valencia Sample Lesson Plans

Sustainability, the challenge of meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report, 1987), is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum.

On the last day of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, the 2017 Education for Sustainability: A Transformative Learning Experience Track participated in a gallery walk showcasing 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.

For more ideas, we have created a curriculum connections worksheet based on the "Big Ideas" instructional approach to integrating sustainability from Evergreen State College.

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Communications
Donna Brown Reading and writing ENC 0027 Developmental Reading and Writing II 2017
James Vrhovac English Composition ENC 1101 Freshman Composition I 2017
Business
Deana Kalakay Management MAN 2021 Principals of Management 2017
Humanities
Peter Furlong Philosophy PHI 2600 Ethics and Critical Thinking 2017
Sociology
A.J. Lash Sociology SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 2017
STEM
Christopher Swafford Digital Media Technology DIG 200C Introduction to Digital Media and Design 2017
Debby Fahey Nursing NUR 1401C NURSING III (Pediatrics, Mother/Baby, Women’s Health) 2017
Faulys Ponceano Mathematics MAT 0022C Developmental Math Combined 2017
Frank Maier Mathematics MAT 0022C Developmental Math Combined 2017
Jim Belcher Environmental Science EVR 1001 Environmental Science 2017
Radu Bunea Engineering Technologies

ETS 12100C Introduction to Photonics

2017
Shahin Kanani Biology BSC 1020 Human Biology 2017
Steven Browdy Mathematics MAC 1105 College Algebra 2017
Other Disciplines
Dana Hankins Law PLA 2800C Family Law 2017
Richard Williams New Student Experience SLS 1122 New Student Experience 2017



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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