Educating for Systems Thinking
Applied to Environmental Literacy and STEM
Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 8:30 am – 4 pm
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About the presenter: Mary Scheetz has over 40 years of experience as an innovative teacher, administrator, project director and consultant. From 2007 to 2013, Mary served as the Assistant Superintendent with the Ritenour School District in St. Louis and is currently a trainer and consultant working with the Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools Team. She has presented systems thinking in schools work in numerous national and international conferences and facilitated related workshops. Mary’s belief is that all students are capable of the critical thinking levels that systems thinking tools produce and that it is essential for schools to ensure that ALL students are ensured access to rigorous and relevant learning. As an assistant superintendent, she implemented multiple strategies for the integration of systems thinking in school improvement, integrated systems thinking into classroom instruction across the district and developed the annual St. Louis Systems Thinking in Schools Institute, which involves participants from multiple school districts and universities in the region. Mary’s work is guided by the words of Marvin Weisbord, “If I had a crystal ball, I would not ask what’s wrong here and who’s to blame but what’s possible here and who cares?”
Presented by: Sustainable Schools Collaborative in collaboration with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program and Portland Public Schools.
*Thanks to Gray Family Foundation for educator scholarships!