Silke Weiss

Silke Weiss


School development tool (click to enlarge)

School development

Connection to the current development of the young people, trainers, supervisors and the (school) organization

As Barrett C. Brown describes in his publications around communicating about sustainability, the trick is to really reach young people within sustainability communication by truly honoring them where they are, without trying to change them. In doing so, it is important to carefully communicate about sustainability in a way that resonates with young people’s worldview and their deepest values and motivations. The school development tool developed by the Lernkulturzeit Akademie can help!


With the test, developed by the Lernkulturzeit Akademie, you can map where you stand as a student, teacher, supervisor or school manager in the field of development towards sustainable education, and where the school itself stands within this development. The Lernkulturzeit Akademie uses as a basis for this test the theory of the four quadrants developed by Ken Wilber and Spiral Dynamics, developed by Graves and by Don Edward Beck. 


With the test, you examine your own values and compare them to the norms and values of the (school) culture and how these values and norms are translated into the curriculum. It can sometimes happen that there are differences between the norms and values of the organization/school, the curriculum, and the norms and values of a trainer. It is important to make this discussible and understandable and to work towards a way of approach that everyone can support. Sometimes this is not so easy, for example when the differences are very big.


In the webinar Silke Weiss briefly explains the model and gives examples to help you determine where you stand as an organization, which differences you can experience between yourself and the organization/school and how you can deal with that.

Community building at schools

How can the school or organization become a portal for sustainability in the community? 

That’s the question we’ll explore during this webinar. Four or five short videos will look at examples from practice. After watching the short videos, breakout rooms will delve deeper into the topic. We end with a plenary session in which the results from the breakout rooms are summarized. 

The introductory videos will be provided by, among others:

Marijke Grotenhuis

Marijke Grotenhuis

Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Hanze Ontwerpfabriek


A hackathon is a design driven method in which participants collaborate from different fields of expertise at a real life issue brought in by an organisation.
Last year students from the Master ‘Interdisciplinairy Business Professional’ worked on a challenge for the Energy Coin Foundation. In this webinar we briefly explain how the hackathon was set up and how this working method could also be used in secondary education.

WUR Univeristy Wageningen and Aeres Hogeschool

Teacher Development Teams supervised by experts

Reina Kuipers explains the DOT for sustainable development. In the DOT you work together on sustainable education within your school. That is the starting point of this learning community. As a participant you will investigate which expertise you want to strengthen and which role suits you in the change process. From the learning questions that this raises, you will look for the necessary expertise and bring it into the learning community. In addition to being a participant, you will also help shape the content of the meetings. Each participant specializes in one or more areas and contributes at least once to the content.

Reina Kuipers

Reina Kuipers

Henk Petter

Henk Petter

Cleantech Education

Cleantech Challenges

Batteling for sustainability

Henk explains the concept of Cleantech Challenges. Companies with a problem in the field of sustainable technology use the fresh perspective and creativity of young people! Their change-thinking and problem-solving abilities are worth their weight in gold.Cleantech links pupils and students from the eastern part of the Netherlands to companies and looks for the perfect match for them. During the Cleantech Battle event the awards for the best solutions are announced by a jury.

GAIA School Estonia

The Gaia Curricullum @ school

The GAIA School in Estonia shows how the curriculum, developed by GAIA Education and certified by UNESCO, is used as a basis for one school day a week. In the other four days the regular program is offered. 

The curriculum developed by GAIA Edcuation is characterized by its holistic approach to ecology, economics, social and cultural aspects of sustainable development in the community.

Marit Otsing

Marit Otsing


Alys Mendus

Alys Mendus

School Tourist

Dr. Alys Mendus

School Tourist – Performance Activist – Storyteller – Van-Dweller – Educational Consultant

Dr. Alys Mendus is passionate about educational and societal change. Alys now lives in Australia with her partner and toddler but is originally from the UK. For her PhD (2017) in Freedom to Learn she visited over 180 schools educating differently to traditional education approaches in 23 countries searching for the ‘Ideal School’. Although Alys realised that the Ideal School was an oxymoron and that a paradigm shift is needed they realised that through performing School Tourism they have many stories to tell, ‘gems’ of places that offer a glimmer of hope in these challenging times. Alys has just written a book on her research that she hopes will be out by the end of 2021. For more information check out or email

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