Nash Community College English instructor Holly Whistler is one of 12 educators selected from applicants across North Carolina to participate in a professional development and curriculum fellowship focused on using the Population Institute’s OVERBook.
The OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity which aimed to deepen educators’ understanding of contemporary global environmental and sustainability issues and resources for teaching about these issues.
“This fellowship was a natural marriage of my study of Hispanic literature in college, my doctoral work in curriculum at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Nash’s focus on global perspectives,” Whistler said. “Past travel to Mexico and Belize further enhanced my curiosity as a scholar; and this fellowship facilitated that curiosity. Working with other community college campuses while utilizing the resources that the UNC system and non-profit sector provided was an instructional utopia.”
Representing schools, districts and community colleges throughout North Carolina, the Fellows engaged in interdisciplinary, professional, collaborative learning beginning in the summer of 2018 and culminating in the creation of comprehensive study guides with educator resources for integrating these photos and themes into a variety of disciplines across the K-12 and community college spectrum. The six themes included climate change, consumption, human rights, nature’s rights, pollution and water.
Whistler’s culminating project included the creation of study guides and teaching resources focused on consumption and nature’s rights. The materials are available at:
To find out more about the OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability, visit the Fellows program page at https://worldview.unc.edu/resources/world-view-fellows-resources/. World View’s 2019-2020 Fellowship Program and applications will be announced in May 2019.
World View, a public service program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world. To learn about World View, visit https://worldview.unc.edu/