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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:45 - 11:50
The Change We Seek: An Invitation to Brainstorm and Collaborate to Advance SDGs in Local Communities

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Session Table Name: TRIESTE

Do you teach SDGs or work to advance them in your community? A visit to this table at the World Action Café invites you to brainstorm and share ideas about local, national, regional or international efforts that focus on the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. EduChange, a small instructional design firm in the USA, is seeking collaborations with STEM researchers, NGOs, community leaders, business leaders and policymakers who are interested in:

1) connecting multiple worlds of ‘open’—open data, open science, citizen science, OER—with education and action around the SDGs;

2) involving people at all ages who could benefit from educational OER that address specific SDGs and real-world contexts, including ways in which multiple SDGs connect within and across contexts.

For context, from 2016-2018 we updated four full years of interdisciplinary STE(A)M curricula already used in five countries to strategically embed all 17 SDGs through global contexts that connect learning to real life. We worked with an international cadre of STEM practitioners to contextualize the SDGs and make them approachable, personal and real for students. We also tapped multiple open databases, citizen science initiatives, and STEM partners who are taking action in various ways. These partners have suggested that our OER educational materials would be well-suited to community, workplace and adult education programs tied to the SDGs. Please view this short video to get an idea of the possibilities

We also know that many SDG-related efforts exist, and there is a possibility to highlight the endeavors within our OER, for reciprocal benefit. Additionally, we would like to encourage students at the secondary and Community College/Vocational/Trades levels to lead SDG-focused projects in their own communities or collaborate with existing projects led by researchers, NGOs, businesses or community groups.

We hope the World Action Café will generate fresh ideas, connect collaborators, and generally advance collective thinking about the SDGs.

avatar for Catherine Saldutti, President, EduChange

Catherine Saldutti, President, EduChange

President & Founder, EduChange
Catherine Saldutti has over 29 years of experience in secondary education, and has served as a teacher, administrator, professional development provider, program evaluator, and instructional designer. She founded EduChange in 2000 to fundamentally reimagine and redesign the systems... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:45 - 11:50 CET
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe