By 2015, many of the issues named in the SDGs already were driving our interdisciplinary learning model, so explicitly embedding the SDGs was an obvious next step. To strategically embed 17 SDGs in formal secondary science curricula, we convened a virtual, international group of 28 instructional designers, teacher-testers, and STEM practitioners. We worked as we have since 2000, using iterative cycles marked by collaborative design, testing, gathering stakeholder feedback and making revisions. By 2018 all 17 SDGs had been transformed into authentic, diverse studies that lend humanity, relevance and urgency to STEM learning. Now we invite students to connect multiple SDGs to global contexts in 35 learning modules. Over time, students internalize how interdependent systems connect humanity and the natural world.
In 2019 we participate in The SDG Action Awards, joining over 2000 grassroots organizations like ourselves around the world who are taking action to reach the Global Goals by 2030.
View the video and enjoy our Flickr Album to celebrate the work! Schools in the 2019-2020 cohort will delve into the 17 SDGs, making connections and sparking ideas for their own local action projects.
Our multi-year program has been implemented in five countries with nearly 100 teachers and thousands of students. In September 2018, we deployed a month-long #Act4SDGs Twitter campaign to share threads of resources with ~150,000 educators who #TeachSDGs. Our next steps include mobilizing student-led STEM projects that contribute directly to the Goals, and identifying local educational experts, NGOs, and established organizations around the world to reach more classrooms. Without this level of commitment to ongoing, formal secondary education inside schools, transformation will not be possible.