Muurame Senior High School has been several years highly qualified institute. This means lot of development work day by day. Our school has gained three times the certificate for promoting sustainable development. Our school was the very first senior high school to achieve this status. Today there are only 5 senior high school in Finland who has reached this certificate.Certificate stands for quality.
Criteria for sustainable development certificate :
Values – sustainable development is one of the main values in our school and everybody is aware of these values. Briefing staff, students and parents about these values
Legal requirements – school/staff knows the rules and legal regulations of sustainable development
Organization and resources – school has an environmental team and enough resources (skills, people, money, time etc.). School management supports these activities
Sustainable development program – school has a development plan with goals, timetables, staff and activities/actions. Students and teachers are involved in planning
Themes and implementation – annual themes in learning/coaching and in school’s general policy
Networking – active role and tendency to find new networks
Education and coaching – good knowledge on ecological, cultural, social and economical environments. Thinking skills like critical thinking, understanding of causality, evaluation and visions. New learning environments like nature, experiences, social, mobile, technological and cultural environments. Possibilities to engage and to be active. New learning methods and pedagogy in coaching.
3. EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Systematic evaluation – school evaluates itself every year. Neutral monitoring outside of the school every third year.
Development plan and report – A 3-year plan. Reporting to all partners.
Next time we have this supervising in March 2014. So wish us luck for this big challenge…
Happy New and Sustainable Year 2014 !