ADVANCED EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION TRACK

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Gain advanced skills in designing and facilitating transformative, cerebrally engaging and agency activating knowledge transfer experiences with our UnSchool Educator Certification Track. This is advanced learning experience is designed for committed and established practitioners wanting to significantly advance their capacity as facilitators of change and obtain certification from the UnSchool in our methods, techniques and experiential pedagogy. This certification includes the full 12 module set of the Disruptive Design Method Masterclass, with additional unique content and activities.
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ADVANCED EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION TRACK

WHAT YOU GAIN FROM JOINING THIS ADVANCED PROGRAM

  • Opportunities to advanced reflective, systems and creative thinking skills

  • Skills to lead with engagement, empathy, communication

  • Cognitive experience design that supports transformative and equitable learning

  • Strong pedagogical foundation in experiential learning to foster your own unique approach to facilitating design led change

  • Access to the UnSchool's unique approaches and tools for teaching systems thinking, sustainability and creative interventions for positive impact

  • Access to a private LinkedIn group for all certification trackers to network, share, communicate and collaborate with each other and the UnSchool team

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative change-maker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur, to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, she is the author of several handbooks, has written op eds for major publications like the New York Times and is sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION TRACK

15 MONTH PROGRAM

  • 01
    WELCOME! Getting Started on the Educator Certification
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  • 02
    Thinking Differently
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    • Thinking Differently Introduction
    • Reflexive Thinking FREE PREVIEW
    • Reflecting on Reflection
    • Developing a reflective practice
    • Critical Thinking
    • Critical Thinking
    • Flexible Thinking
    • Curiosity Mindset
    • Agency
    • Agency, Integrity & Personal Ethics
    • Integrity FREE PREVIEW
    • Creativity and Thinking Divergently
    • Learning Challenge: Critical and Reflexive Thinking
    • Developing a Systems Mindset
    • Developing a Systems Mindset
    • Theory of Change
    • Theory of Change
    • How to do a Theory of Change
    • Learning Challenge: Theory of Change
    • Theory of Change Worksheet
    • Reflection
  • 03
    Activating the Disruptive Design Method
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    • DDM Introduction
    • The 3 Pillars: Systems, Sustainability and Design
    • The 3 Pillars
    • Applying the DDM
    • Applying the DDM
    • Download the Disruptive Design Method Handbook
    • Overview of the Disruptive Design Method
    • The Full Intro to the Disruptive Design Method
    • Teaching DDM
    • Learning Challenge: Applying the DDM
    • Thinking in Systems
    • Systems Dynamics
    • The Full Systems Thinking Class
    • Systems Boundaries
    • Stocks and Flows FREE PREVIEW
    • Systems Archetypes
    • Learning Challenge: Activating Systems Thinking
    • Sustainability
    • The Full Sustainability Class
    • Life Cycle Thinking
    • Life Cycle Thinking
    • Circular Economy
    • Download Our Circular Economy ReDesign Workshop Kit
    • Learning Challenge: Sustainable Development Goals
    • A quick note on reflections!
    • Reflection
  • 04
    Facilitating Change
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    • Change Facilitation Introduction
    • What is change?
    • Download the Make Change Handbook
    • Tacit Knowledge
    • Getting Cool Shit Done FREE PREVIEW
    • Psychological Bias
    • Busting Bias: Introduction
    • Cognitive Bias: Details of Bias
    • Neurochemicals
    • Cognitive Science: Introduction to the brain
    • Social Norms
    • Cognitive Science: Are Humans Rational?
    • Cognitive Dissonance
    • More on the rational human paradox
    • Learning Challenge: Cognitive Bias
    • Developing your own facilitation style
    • Learning Challenge: Facilitation Style
    • Facilitation Leadership
    • Cognitive Science: Making Change
    • Learning Challenge: Facilitating Change and Leadership
    • Reflection
  • 05
    Pedagogy
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    • Pedagogy Introduction
    • Pedagogy
    • Traditional to Critical Pedagogy
    • Experience over Instruction FREE PREVIEW
    • Learning Challenge: Learning Motivators
    • Action Research
    • Learning Styles
    • Learning Challenge: Personal Pedagogy
    • Reflection
  • 06
    Human Engagement
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    • Human Engagement Introduction
    • Integrity
    • Ethics Introduction
    • Ethical Theories
    • Duty of Care
    • What is Research?
    • Types of Research
    • Observational Research
    • Doing Good Research
    • Developing a Research Plan
    • Empathy
    • Empathy vs Sympathy
    • Mindset Shifts
    • The Ethics of Research
    • Applying Ethics & Empathy to Practice
    • Group Dynamics and Human Behavior
    • Team Dynamics
    • Respectful Challenges
    • Gamification Overview
    • Social Influence
    • Designing Interventions
    • Designing Systems Interventions
    • Learning Challenge: Systems Intervention Activity
    • Reflection
  • 07
    Experience Design
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    • Experience Design Introduction
    • Change Based Research Practice
    • Human Experience Design
    • Experience Design
    • Experience Design
    • Learning Design Overview
    • Gamification and Experience Design
    • Learning Challenge: Experience Design
    • Content Agility
    • Tips & Tricks to Facilitate Change E-Book Download
    • Teaching the DDM (RECAP)
    • Learning Arc Design
    • Learning Challenge: Learning Journey Design
    • Gamification
    • Gamification: How to design games that impact
    • Designing Gamified Experiences
    • Game Theory and Human Strategy
    • The Mechanics of Gamification
    • Learning Challenge: Gamification
    • X-Mapping and other Empathy Building Tools FREE PREVIEW
    • X-Mapping
    • Reflection
    • Download the Full Deluxe Designercise Toolkit PDF Pack
  • 08
    Communication Design
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    • Communication Design Introduction
    • Language and Infleunce
    • Communication Design
    • Using Language well in Teaching
    • How does the Brain Respond to Change?
    • The Power of Language and How to Use it Well
    • Seeing Language as System
    • Storytelling to Make Change
    • Communication & Visual Design
    • Tone
    • Tools for Enhancing your Presentations
    • Learning Challenge: Communication Design
    • Space and Experience Set Up
    • Space Experience Design
    • Food and Sustainability
    • Food Experiences
    • Post-Disposability
    • Reflection
  • 09
    Equity, Access & Engagement
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    • Equity Introduction
    • Equity Access & Diversity
    • Power Distribution
    • Checking Your Own Bias
    • Ethical Research and Participant Engagement
    • Learning Challenge: Respectful Direction
    • Reflection
  • 10
    Workshop Activities
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    • Workshop Activity Introduction
    • Download the Circular Systems Design Handbook
    • Teaching the DDM content
    • Circular Classroom Resources
    • UnSchool Activities
    • Systems Mapping Activity 1
    • Systems Mapping Other Activities
    • Sustainability Activity
    • Design Activity
    • The Ideation Process
    • Ten Tips for Ideation
    • What is Prototyping?
    • Rapid Ideation Approach
    • Ideation & Prototyping Activities
    • Gamification Activity
    • Learning Challenge: Designing Your Workshop
  • 11
    Collaborative Engagement
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    • Collaborative Engagement Introduction
    • Collaboration and Engagement
    • Community Engagement
    • Program Pre-Planning
    • Learning Challenge: Collaboration
    • Reflection
  • 12
    Mastering Change
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    • Mastering Change Introduction
    • Mastering Change
    • Historical and Contemporary Theories on Making Change
    • Cognative Interventions
    • Applied Systems Interventions
    • Dynamics of Change
    • Dealing with Challenges
    • Facilitation Preparation
    • Resilience
    • Design Systems Interventions
    • Systems Modeling and Mapping Tools
    • Tactics for Activating Change
    • What Motivates Change?
    • The WOOP planning concept
    • Framing the Change
    • Learning Challenge: Preparation
    • A little story about making change...
    • Reflection
  • 13
    Mentorship
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    • Mentorship Introduction
    • How to Make Change in the World
    • Starting your UnSchool Mentorship
    • Getting the Most out of your Peer Mentoring
    • Project Planning
    • Getting Your Project off the Ground
    • Project Activation
    • Project Amplification Design
    • Motivation to Make Change in the World
    • Designing and Implementing your Change Intervention
  • 14
    Final Challenge
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    • Challenge Submission Checklist
    • Final Challenge
    • Congratulations!
    • Feedback for the UnSchool
  • 15
    Mentorship Month 1
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    • Month 1
    • Week 1
    • Week 2
    • Week 3
    • Week 4
  • 16
    Mentorship Month 2
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    • Month 2
    • Week 1
    • Week 2
    • Week 3
    • Week 4
  • 17
    Mentorship Month 3
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    • Month 3
    • Week 1
    • Week 2
    • Week 3
    • Week 4
    • Congratulations!

UNSCHOOL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM

THE EDUCATOR TRACK IS FOR 

People wanting to master facilitation of transformative educational experience design and delivery. This program is deep and designed for people who have established skills in facilitation and want to develop a career in facilitating change. 

ABOUT OUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Our certification program aims to foster and support a community of expert practitioners interested in advocating, educating and enabling proactive sustainability and socially motivated change through the Disruptive Design Method. The certification programs are designed to maintain a high level of integrity within the community while offering a ‘leveling-up’ process to dedicated educators and community advocates. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

All our tracks are designed to support you in learning the theories of systems, sustainability and design to create the practice of activated sustainability leadership

Each chapter in the learning track is connected to the overarching learning goals of reflection, critical thinking, systems thinking and advancing your ability to agentize yourself as a creative change-maker. 

Each track supports this at different levels of professional development. This Educator Track is a high level training program and has prerequisites. 

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

  1. Have come or will attend a face to face UnSchool program 

  2. Have completed all the courses in the Disruptive Design Methodology Set or completed the Practitioner/UnMasters training 

  3. Have at least 50 hours of existing practice as a facilitator in workshops or educative sessions 

  4. Min 5 years experience in their field


THE FORMAT

This program track is paced to support your learning.  New content (chapters) is released monthly with corresponding challenges and actions.

After 12 months of core knowledge building and practice, you will have a 3-month mentorship that supports you during your final challenge process. 

Occasionally we may offer a live online training and feedback session to support people tracking to educator certification, but this is predominantly self-directed learning! 

APPLY NOW TO START THE EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

FAQs

  • WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT AND FORMAT OF THIS TRACK?

    The Educators Certification Track is 12 months with content delivered online every 30 days. It is self-directed learning with video, text, activities and multiple learning challenges for real world practice. After the completion of 12 months online, there is a 3 month mentorship with an UnSchool mentor, with a weekly 1hr sessions. You will have 6 months to apply for certification after the program ends, with a final challenge and certification meeting with the UnSchool panel.

  • WHAT IF I WANT TO DO IT FASTER THAN 15 MONTHS?

    You can apply to take the fast track program, which is delivered as an intensive self paced program. You will still need to complete all community activation points, do the 3-month mentorship and deliver your final challenge along with your process journal.

  • WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES?

    This program is advanced training for established professionals. To join the program you should have a minimum of 5 years experience in your field, 50 hours of facilitation experience, and attended (or are signed up to attend) a face-to-face UnSchool program.

  • WHAT IS THE PROCESS JOURNAL?

    All certification tracks require participants to document their learning in a process journal. The journal is an important part of developing your reflective practice and documenting your progress. Most of this is about being able to figure out what you’ve learned, need to learn, and take action on in order to make positive change! In the final certification meeting, you will need to show your complete process journal to qualify for certification.

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDUCATOR AND UNMASTERS?

    The Educator track is designed to support leaders in facilitation, using the unique UnSchool pedagogy and approach. This track is all about experience design, gamification, human interaction, and applying concepts in an educational setting. There is the added opportunity to be commissioned by the UnSchool once you have gained certification, to lead or co-lead UnSchool workshops and programs. The UnMasters track is perfect for professionals already making change, or intrapreneurs. It’s designed for anyone making a transition in their career, or working internally within organisations to facilitate change. It’s kind of like a fast track to a Masters degree, and is designed to help facilitate change, design interventions, and work with your community.

  • WHAT KIND OF CERTIFICATION IS PROVIDED?

    The UnSchool Educator certification is the highest level of validation we offer, and is only awarded to people who demonstrate mastery through successfully challenging for their certification. Participants must successfully complete the learning challenges, process journal, community activation points, online program, mentorship, final challenge, presentation and demonstrate a high-level ability to synthesize and deliver the content. Upon completion of all required elements, a certificate is provided and will be valid for 1 year, renewable annually with the completion of 15 community activation points. You will then be registered in our directory of facilitators which gives access to opportunities (at our discretion) to teach UnSchool content around the world. Certified practitioners are also able to run their own programs utilizing our content. Please review the full terms and conditions for more details. Please read our full terms and conditions to find out more about our certification program.

  • WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?

    This is self directed learning, but you can always sign up for additional office hours to get one on one time with our UnSchool educators to support your learning process. As part of this program, you are required to attend a face to face program at some point to connect to the growing global community. You will do a 3-month mentorship with an UnSchool Educator, and we also strongly encourage you to do an apprenticeship to further advance your facilitation mastery.

  • CAN I GET A SAMPLE OF THE CONTENT?

    Yes! Check out the modules to get some sample content. We also offer a 25-day money back guarantee, no questions asked. If you don't think it's right for you then we will refund your first month's payment if you let us know within 25 days. Please read the terms and conditions carefully.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE UNSCHOOL PROGRAMS

“UnSchool is truly unique. I have participated in countless social and entrepreneurship events, programs, etc. Most of them are quite dry, uninspired and can tend to feel more like you are being read a powerpoint at a boring college course. We are so lucky to have Leyla distill her years of experience into this power-packed week. I almost felt like I left UnSchool with a mini-masters in disruptive design. ”

Alexis Rhyner

“The EDU training not only helped me explore different approaches and session formats to try out in my own training workshops, but revisit my strengths and points to be improved to better my facilitation skills. Definitely the best training I had in my life! ”

RINA TSUBAKI

“Systems-thinking is the key to creating change in any area, and whilst there are any number of other design-led or leadership programmes, no other program highlights perception (not mere mapping) of nodes of connection as the insight needed to intervene to effectively create change in a system.”

Laura Taylor

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