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Building a Curriculum Development Program for Your Institution: The Piedmont/Ponderosa Model

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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Event Description

Are you ready to see your institution move forward to engage faculty and change curriculum toward sustainability issues? This workshop will introduce participants to the Piedmont/Ponderosa model, which has been adopted successfully across the United States and beyond, reaching thousands of professors over two decades.

The Piedmont/Ponderosa model of two-day faculty development workshops has been used by dozens of institutions—large and small, public and private—with resulting faculty enthusiasm and renovated courses. This virtual workshop will provide a history and overview with discussion time on Day 1 and delve more deeply into details of workshop form and function on Day 2. Both days will last 2.5 hours.

Interested faculty leaders will be equipped with the knowledge, materials, and strategies to adapt this “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” model to their own institutions. Activities will explore the pace, timing, funding, staffing, and philosophy behind the unique aspects of the workshop model. Resource materials, interactive breakout room discussions and opportunities for Q&A will be included. Challenges in making the transition to teaching fellow faculty will also be discussed. Participants will be provided with background materials beforehand and will have multiple handouts and guides to support deeper discussion on Day 2.

Participants in this workshop will be eligible to apply to participate in the Global Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program Development Support Group, a longer term program that guides participants through the key steps involved in establishing a successful sustainability across the curriculum program at their institution.

If you are looking for a shorter workshop that is applicable to faculty new to sustainability and the teaching of it, please see Integrating Sustainability Literacy Across Your Curricula — Best Practices.


How to Register

Registration including a breakdown of registration fees is available through the AASHE website. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals who need financial assistance to participate. Please apply two weeks before the program begins (i.e., 6/01/2023) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.


Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. ET.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.
    If you need to pay by check or ACH, please contact us at least 5 weeks prior to the event start date. Registration using these forms of payment must be received 4 weeks prior to the event start date and full payment must be received by AASHE within 2 weeks of event start date.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to June 5, 2023. No refunds will be given after June 3, 2024.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Registered participants will receive access to the recording after the live event.

Review all Terms & Conditions.