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.
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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

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, 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 togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    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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    • Welcome to the UnSchool Certification Tracking Systems!
    • Welcome message from Leyla
    • About the Educator Certification Track
    • The Learning Flow
    • A bit about us
    • Getting to Know You
    • The Learning Toolkit
    • Process Journal
    • Process Journal Details
    • Mentorship
    • Getting started
    • A Quick Note on Getting Started
  • 02
    Thinking Differently
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    • Introduction
    • Reflexive Thinking
    • Reflecting on Reflection
    • Developing a reflective practice
    • Critical Thinking
    • Flexible Thinking
    • Critical Thinking
    • Curiosity Mindset
    • Agency
    • Agency, Integrity & Personal Ethics
    • Integrity
    • Learning Activity: 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 Activity: Theory of Change
    • Theory of Change Worksheet
    • Reflection
  • 03
    Activating the Disruptive Design Method
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    • Introduction
    • The 3 Pillars: Systems, Sustainability and Design
    • The 3 Pillars
    • Applying the DDM
    • Applying the DDM
    • 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
    • Systems Archetypes
    • Learning Challenge: Activating Systems Thinking
    • Sustainability
    • The full Sustainability class
    • Life Cycle Thinking
    • Life Cycle Thinking
    • Learning Challenge: Sustainable Development Goals
    • A quick note on reflections!
    • Reflection
  • 04
    Facilitating Change
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    • Introduction
    • Tacit Knowledge
    • Getting Cool Shit Done
    • 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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    • Introduction
    • Pedagogy
    • Traditional to Critical Pedagogy
    • Experience over Instruction
    • Learning Challenge: Learning Motivators
    • Action Research
    • Learning Styles
    • Learning Challenge: Personal Pedagogy
    • Reflection
  • 06
    Human Engagement
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    • Introduction
    • Integrity
    • Ethics Introduction
    • Ethical Theories
    • Duty of Care
    • Observational Research
    • Doing Good Research
    • Empathy
    • Empathy vs Sympathy
    • Empathy vs Sympathy
    • Mindset Shifts
    • 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
    • Situational Agility
    • Learning Challenge: Gamification
    • Reflection
  • 07
    Experience Design
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    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Presence: Physical & Place-based
    • Teaching the DDM
    • Learning Arc Design
    • Learning Challenge: Learning Journey Design
    • Gamification
    • Gamification: How to design games that impact
    • Designing Gamified Experiences
    • The Mechanics of Gamification
    • Learning Challenge: Gamification
    • X-Mapping and other Empathy Building Tools
    • X-Mapping
    • Reflection
  • 08
    Communication Design
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    • Introduction
    • Communication Design
    • 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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    • Introduction
    • Equity and Access
    • Ethical Research and Participant Engagement
    • Learning Challenge: Respectful Direction
    • Reflection
  • 10
    Mastering Change
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    • Introduction
    • Mastering Change
    • Systems Mapping Tools
    • Positive Procrastination
    • Non Verbal Communication
    • Tone and Pitch
    • Space Design
    • Learning Challenge: Communicating Change
    • Reflection
    • A little story about making change...
  • 11
    Workshop Activities
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    • Introduction
    • UnSchool Workshop Activities
    • Teaching the DDM content
    • Systems Thinking Activities
    • Sustainability Activities
    • Design Activities
    • Learning Challenge: Designing Your Workshop
  • 12
    Collaborative Engagement
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    • Introduction
    • Collaboration and Engagement
    • Co-Design + Participatory Design
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Community Engagement
    • Fostering Collaboration
    • Learning Challenge: Collaboration
    • Reflection
  • 13
    Activating Change
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    • Introduction
    • Mastering Change
    • Dynamics of Change
    • Dealing with Challenges
    • Facilitation Preparation
    • Resilience
    • The WOOP planning concept
    • Framing Change
    • Framing the Change
    • Learning Challenge: Complex Change
    • Reflection
  • 14
    Mentorship
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    • Introduction
    • Starting your UnSchool Mentorship
    • Getting the Most out of your Peer Mentoring
    • Project Activation
    • Project Planning
    • Project Amplification Design
    • Designing and Implementing your Change Intervention
  • 15
    Final Challenge
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    • Challenge Prep
    • Challenge Submission Checklist
    • How to Submit your Final Challenge
  • 16
    Next steps
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    • Congratulations!
    • More Resources For You
    • Here's what's next...
    • Before you go...

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?

    This is a 15-month program with content delivered online monthly. With each monthly release you will find weekly sessions with videos, readings, and actions. You may sign up for 1:1 office hours if you need live support. There will also be the opportunity to attend live digital lectures with UnSchool educators and mentors. Remember: this is an online, self-directed learning format so your level of engagement with the material is up to you. You will get out what you put in. The entire program should take you around 400 hours and involves a 3-month mentorship and final capstone challenge.

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

    You can take the fast track program which is delivered across 6 months as an intensive. 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 already established professionals. To join the program you must have: * minimum of 5 years experience in your field * completed the full Disruptive Design Methodology Set (12 courses) * attended (or are signed up to attend) a face-to-face UnSchool program

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDUCATOR AND UNMASTERS?

    The UnMasters track is perfect for career changers or people working internally within organization to facilitate change. The Educator track is for people who have already established their career, have done projects in creative change, and are looking to expand their change-making to a broader context (external to their "work"), and in collaboration with the UnSchool.

  • WHAT DO I GET AT THE END OF THIS?

    UnSchool educator certification is the highest level of validation we offer and is only awarded to people who demonstrate mastery through challenging for their certification. Certification is offered by the UnSchool and is only awarded to people who successfully complete the set challenges, process journal and demonstrate a high-level ability to synthesize and deliver the content. Upon completion of all required elements a certificate (valid for 1 year) is provided, a digital badge and registration on our directory of facilitators with access to opportunities (at our discretion) to work with us to teach our content around the world. Certified practitioners are also empowered to run their own programs utilizing our content. Please read our full terms and conditions to find out more about our certification program.

  • WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?

    This is a self directed program but we do offer office hours, email support and as part of this program you have 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 also we strongly encourage you to do an apprenticeship to further advance your facilitation mastery.

  • CAN I GET A SAMPLE OF THE CONTENT?

    Yes! You can get a free sample of some of the weekly classes. If you sign up and don't feel it's the right fit for you, we will issue a full no questions asked refund if you let us know you want to cancel within the first 30 days.

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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