The following reflections are excerpts from essays written by AUNE Experienced Educator, Educating for Sustainability program graduates in the spring of 2009.
I think that it is funny that I have finally figured out how to manage all the balls that I juggle, including graduate school. And it’s close to being over. I can’t thank Antioch enough. Lately I have been wondering what I would be doing without the guidance of this program? I probably would still be sorting recycling and complaining about my job. When instead I heard myself today say, “I would be happy to have a discussion about that, but with every complaint, bring a solution.” I feel I have a much more direct professional approach toward most everything. — Will Smiley
…as my obligation to my cohort begins to wind down, the collaboration with my colleagues at Woodstock Day School in Woodstock, New York is beginning to start up and take its place. The reality of the mission of Antioch University’s Educating for Sustainability master’s program — connecting theory to practice — has truly come to fruition. My energies are now shifting from completing a master’s degree to nurturing the Woodstock Day School science curriculum development. — Peter Seekamp
A sustainable path has finally been created. I can now plant my seed and watch my graduate work come to life. As I reflect on this moment I see that I am right in the middle of all the action. It’s an exciting time to be planting seeds, and I eagerly await the harvest: A harvest of new ideas, new perspectives, new behaviors, and a new world. — Lynne Cassidy
Essentially, sustainability has become the lens through which I see the world. When contemplating a dilemma, I tend to think about the Three E’s and how each has its place. As a result, I think more about systems and how one idea is related to another or how one change will impact other areas. — Lara Gleason
Sustainability: A Strategic Necessity a presentation given by Lynne Cassidy and Lara Gleason to the Association of Colorado Independent Schools