Special Study Group on Education for Sustainable Development
Bringing together representatives from Colleges of Education from around North America, the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) is the largest of its kind. One of its more recent and welcome innovations has been the creation of the Special Study Group on Education for Sustainable Development.
Consisting of a growing group of committed educators from a broad range of disciplines and institutions, the study group’s purpose is “to provide a forum for teacher educators interested in integrating sustainability into the pre-service and on-going professional developlment of preK-12 teachers.” After this most recent round of meetings, this purpose will be expanded to include educational leadership and other fields of education in support of “a vision that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for natural resources.”
The group’s executive committee is currently building a national and international network of alliances with groups such as UNESCO’s initiative on Education for Sustainable Development and the Associaton for the Advancement of Education in Higher Education (AASHE).
In the near future, the group will establish an online presence designed to welcome all higher education faculty to share research and best practices in curriculum and professional develolpment. This is a group to follow.