United States Teachers of Education for Sustainability (USTESD)– Affiliate KDP Chapter
The mission of the U.S. Teacher Education for Sustainable Development Network (USTESD) is to promote the reorientation of teacher and school administrator education in the United States to address education for sustainable development (ESD)* . The USTESD is comprised of faculty and administrators from teacher education institutions as well as personnel from non-profit educational organizations that address the preservice and ongoing in-service professional development of teachers and school administrators. The members of the Network conduct collaborative research, engage in advocacy and outreach efforts, and create and identify best practices in creative and critical approaches to education for sustainable development.
All children in the United States have access to a high quality education that effectively addresses the complex challenge of balancing environmental, social, cultural, and economic considerations in the pursuit of an improved quality of life for all, now and forever.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
Recognizing the global complexities, controversies, and inequities that arise from the interconnectedness of economic, social, environmental, and cultural processes, the USTESD Network
- advances education for sustainable development in the preservice preparation and ongoing professional development of teachers and school administrators;
- supports the practice of education for sustainable development at all levels of formal education in the United States, from preschool to graduate school;
- promotes the values of justice, equity, sufficiency, and responsibility;
- helps its members to serve as ambassadors for gathering and disseminating information pertaining to ESD;
- promotes long-term thinking, innovation, and empowerment as strategies for dealing with uncertainty, and for solving complex problems;
- promotes education within and beyond teacher and school administrator preparation programs that supports gender equality, social cohesion, environmental stewardship, and poverty reduction; and
- informs current educational curricula and policy surrounding issues of ESD.
* The goal of sustainable development is to ensure that people around the world can meet their needs today without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.