September 16, 2013
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is participating in a convocation on September 19-20, 2013, at the National Academy of Sciences as the culminating event of a national three year initiative: Sustainability Improves Student Learning. The initiative is a collaboration between the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS), Mobilizing STEM Education for a Sustainable Future, and eleven STEM academic professional societies.
Educational leaders and practitioners from a wide array of disciplines will gather to learn how professional societies can act as agents of change to contextualize teaching and learning in terms of 21st century sustainability challenges. Societies participating in the initiative have worked to infuse the concepts of sustainability into their programs, conferences, member activities, and professional development opportunities. The convocation will highlight innovative curricular approaches and explore ways to continue cross-disciplinary collaboration within and beyond STEM to engage students by connecting undergraduate teaching and learning with pressing global challenges.
The initial group of societies participating the initiative include:
Additional professional societies representing a broad array of disciplines will be attending. The attendees will discuss how academic professional societies and other national education associations can continue to work together to better educate for a more sustainable future. Learn more about the Sustainability Improves Student Learning initiative at: www.aacu.org/pkal/sisl. Learn more about the sustainability teaching and learning resources made available by the initiative here: http://serc.carleton.edu/sisl/index.html.
Funding for this event and for the Sustainability Improves Student Learning initiative is provided by grant #P116B100142 from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) at the U.S. Department of Education.