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Values Thinking for Educators- Alumni


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Full course description




1 Hour






What you'll learn:

After completing the Values Thinking for Educators microcredit course, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate your own values Assess the values of others (e.g. students, organizations, communities)
  2. Reflect and recognize one's own values and how those values are echoed in the classroom
  3. Grapple with (without dismissing) other people’s values, even if you disagree with them
  4. Communicate based on the values of your audience
  5. Apply Values Thinking to real-world situations in your own life and at school

What you'll do:

Through a self-assessment capture your personal values, then learn about Values Thinking, and how to use it. The course offers a case study exercise that challenges you to reflect on your personal values and consider how they differ from others. The course concludes with a final self-assessment and a quick toolkit for you use in any future scenarios that call for Values Thinking.

Who this course is designed for:

All educators—administrators, educational developers, early education through high school classroom teachers, informal educators, and education job seekers or career changers toward the field of education.

What you'll receive:

Upon fulfilling course requirements, participants will receive a certificate indicating 5 recertification hours from Arizona State University.

Meet the instructors

Annie Hale

Annie is the Director of Research and Development for the Sustainability Science Education Project (SSE) housed in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. She directs a variety of educational programs targeting sustainability science and 21st century learning. Her goal is to inspire, engage, and empower a variety of publics, from teachers to community leaders, with an enhanced understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology.

Dr. John Harlow

Dr. John Harlow. Postdoctoral scholar for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. John develops content and instructional materials for the Sustainability Science Education Project at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and pays detailed attention to learning formats and content development styles focusing on lexical levels, accessibility of content, and design aesthetic of our virtual assets. His current research studies strategic intervention points for process innovations focused on solving sustainability problems using behavioral science, design, and digital tools.


Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson is a fifth-grade teacher in Tempe, Arizona who strives to not only reach her students’ academic needs but social-emotional needs as well. This is done through a variety of rigorous lessons, building relationships with her students, and implementing Values Thinking into her classroom. Katie wants to empower her students to be global thinkers and problem solvers who respect the thoughts and ideas of others. Katie co-developed this course to help educators realize the impact their values and the values of their students have on learning.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the skills and practices I will learn during the course?

Each educator will start their journey of these skills and practices: Values-focused thinking, sustainability-minded thinking, problem-solving. Assessment of personal, organizational, and other values. Point of view assessment, justice, equity, and multi-stakeholder communication techniques.

Is this a standalone course? Or are there other ways of thinking that I should explore?

In coming months we will be added the full ecosystem which includes Futures, Systems, and Strategic Thinking to accompany Values Thinking.

Is Values Thinking a critical leadership quality?

Yes. The importance of values and Values Thinking has been written about at length related to the values at the district, school, and individual levels. A quick google search on the idea will return about 74,900,000 results in 0.47 seconds. L.S. Vygostky states that “children grow into the intellectual life around them." Values Thinking is at the core of sustainability practices, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and pathways toward a more inclusive, thoughtful, and diverse future..