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pK-12 Workshop Offering: Introduction to Compassionate Systems Framework in Schools, June 24-26, 2019

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From June 24-26, 2019, J-WEL pK-12 and the Center for Systems Awareness will co-host a workshop entitled, "Introduction to Compassionate Systems Framework in Schools." Drs. Peter Senge and Mette Boell will facilitate the workshop.

Visit the workshop webpage to register or email Julia Ross at jross AT for additional information. 


Workshop description

This hands-on workshop is an introduction to the tools and approaches that have been developed for implementing what we call a “compassionate systems” framework. These tools are being used at both the level of classroom innovations and collective leadership in shaping a more generative school culture. In addition to introducing some of the tools in use, we will share examples from the IB prototypes with the aim that participants can begin working together on similar prototypes in their own school and classroom settings. To support this, we recommend people come in teams where they can support one another moving forward. Visit the workshop page for a detailed description.

Program Overview

Young people throughout different cultures and circumstances are confronted with the complex contradictions of the interconnected, interdependent systems in our world (e.g. climate change, human migration, terrorism, substance use, etc.). An essential question for the future of education is how do we help students to reflect on, deeply understand and respond mindfully and compassionately rather than just feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of these systems. With the growing interest in education in social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness today, we feel it is especially timely to show how these can combine with skills in understanding systems and complexity to establish a cognitive and affective foundation for global citizenship and what the IB network calls “International Mindedness.”

For over a year, this has been in focus for a diverse group of educators and researchers from the IB, MIT and Penn State University, and a series of prototypes across the K-12 spectrum have been started in 10 different countries (including European, African, Asian and North American sites) in 2017. These involve new models of thinking and teaching that combine contemplative SEL, systems thinking and compassion and help teachers and students to apply these skills to important issues in the reality.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition is $2,000 per person.

Prices may be negotiable for those needing financial assistance. J-WEL members receive a discount. 


Please click here to watch a one-hour webinar with Peter Senge & Mette Boell on Compassionate Systems:

Webinar: Compassionate Systems with Peter Senge & Mette Boel