Curriculum Review Initiative

ESD Theme Document: Community, Political Systems and Responsible Citizenship

The Canadian Sustainability Curriculum Review Initiative is a project of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) that focuses on key themes supporting the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Each theme identifies what learning research indicates are suitable for children to address at various stages in their development.

These theme documents are intended primarily as resources to support curriculum policy change but are also of relevance to teacher professional development and the design of learning resources and learning programs. The intent of this work is to help bridge research, policy and practice.

Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) would like to thank Deloitte for their support of LSF’s Community, Political Systems & Responsible Citizenship theme document as apart of the Canadian Sustainability Curriculum Review Initiative.

Click here to download the Citizenship Theme Document

Connecting the Dots:

Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability

Connecting the Dots focuses on learning strategies and the ways of organizing learning experiences; the “how to” of learning. These learning strategies involve students as engaged learners, learning within the context of their communities and addressing relevant, local issues.

The learning strategies advanced in this document are not new. They are common to environmental education and many other fields of educational research and practice. What is new is the means by which these strategies when used together, connect the many dots that are necessary to achieve an interconnected world view. These “dots” include:

  • Linking environmental, economic and social issues within subjects and across subjects
  • Linking students to each other, their home life, their schools, their environment and their community
  • Linking knowledge, skills, and perspectives through student engagement and action
  • Providing a meaningful context for the implementation of numeracy, literacy, character and other educational objectives.

Read more about Connecting the Dots at

Resources for Rethinking -

Citizenship Education Learning Programs Currently Available to Educators

Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for A Sustainable Future. provides teachers access to lesson plans and other teaching resources, that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories. 

R4R is searchable by language, grade, subject and sustainability theme. There are over 700 resources on the database, produced by government ministries, boards of education, subject associations and non-governmental organizations, including 194 citizenship resources.

To access this searchable database and review its citizenship resources visit Resources for Rethinking Citizenship site.

Samples of Citizenship Education Resources on R4R:

LSF Services

LSF, with its extensive network across Canada and its staff and consultant base, offers a complete line of services to support the advancement of Citizenship Learning:

Professional Development
Teacher workshops, seminars and symposia –from one hour information sessions through to comprehensive three day Citizenship Education institutes.

Curriculum Policy
Review of current policy and recommended enhancements for ESD content through to implementation planning.

Program Planning

  • Development of comprehensive programs to address citizenship learning for schools, school boards, faculties of education and provincial Ministries
  • Learning Resource Design, Implementation and Dissemination
  • Evaluation of existing programs
  • Providing consultative support in development of new resources
  • Developing and implementing program communication

To bring LSF’s depth of experience with Citizenship learning to your organization contact: Pamela Schwartzberg, Executive Director at 1.877.250.8202 or info @

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