Integrating The Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority

Course Code RG00451

This course contributes to 4 hours of Registered Professional Learning (approx 1 hour pre-course reading and 3 hours face to face)



The course builds capacity for teachers to integrate the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority into their curriculum planning and teaching practice. The course can be delivered for an entire school as part of a School Development Day, or for individual teachers to participate in.The course is available from all Environmental and Zoo Education Centres (EZEC) and can be delivered in your school or at the EZEC.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to integrate the Sustainability Priority into quality teaching and learning practice,
  • View resources that demonstrate best practice in sustainability integration
  • Learn about the Sustainability Action Process (SAP), a pedagogy to effectively embed Sustainability into teaching and learning
  • Participate in a SAP workshop
  • View web based resources that support sustainability integration
  • Participate in hands on activities in the field or school playground that demonstrate sustainability in action

Board of Studies Syllabi addressed by this course

The Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority

Research or Methodology that underpins the course

  • The Quality Teaching Model, particularly the dimensions of Intellectual Quality and Significance to authentic learning
  • The NSW DEC Environmental Education Policy For Schools
  • The Sustainability Action Process (SAP) developed by the Environmental Education Curriculum Support Unit.

Pre-course professional reading (approx 1 hour)

1. Implementing the Environmental Education Policy in your school – Please read the relevant Stage Statements for your class (K-10 pg 30 – 33).

2. Sustainability in Schools Webquest – Visit the Sustainability In Schools website resource portal and choose a year, subject area, key content and topic relevant to your class. View the resource and come to the course prepared to discuss the resource you have viewed.

3. Ecological Footprint Calculator – Calculate your ecological footprint to determine how sustainable your lifestyle is.

4. Position yourself on the School Sustainability Continuum

Course Materials

School Presentations 

Vaucluse PS

Follow-up Sustainability Education and Management support

The following sites and resources can help you learn more about sustainability education and management

Integrating Sustainability in History and Geography K-10

Energy Australia energy monitoring program Webgraphs
Observatory Hill EEC energy efficiency in schools DVD Heat is on DVD

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities – Water Education Toolkit
Sydney Water Education website Sydney Water 


DOE Asset Management Directorate Asset Management Directorate
DOE Sustainability Curriculum Support 
Sustainable Schools Sustainable Schools 

Digital technologies for outdoor learning

Digital Technologies for K-6 Science (Thanks to Jill Bell – Royal National Park EEC)

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