Christy Curran is an independent literacy consultant for schools in the United States and around the world. Her recent international experience includes working with schools in Bonn, Cairo, Muscat, and Zurich.

She was a classroom teacher for nine years before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2006, and left TCRWP in 2014 to become an independent consultant.

Her literacy work in hundreds of schools around the world became the inspiration for her blog, http://www.coachactually.wordpress.com , which she launched with her former TCRWP colleague Monique Knight.

In addition to her consulting, she provides support through her blog and on Twitter (@christy_curran) to leaders, literacy coaches, and teachers around the world in this extremely important job of lifting teachers up and encouraging them in the teaching of literacy.

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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