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Sustainability and Education Academy (SEdA)

  • Gerry Connelly
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Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 4)

Abstract

How can school and education system leaders gain the knowledge and strategies needed to create sustainable organizations and promote a commitment to sustainable development with their students? SEdA—the Sustainability and Education Academy based at York University in Toronto—is the only leadership-training program in Canada focused on helping senior education leaders to incorporate ESD into all aspects of their school systems. This chapter begins by describing the Canadian context for using education as a key strategy in implementing sustainable development, and then explores the development, function, and goals of SEdA, including its flagship seminars. SEdA helps to develop leaders who embrace education for sustainable development (ESD) in its broadest sense; understand how ESD can mesh with other system priorities; and help students take to heart the 3Rs of respect, rights, and responsibility.

Keywords

Sustainable Development School System Sustainable Community Canadian Context Education Leader 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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