SSEC Director and Board Member Co-Author Essay for UNGA77 on "ESD for ESG"
Description: Today, educators are using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help students address deep scientific questions and tackle broad societal needs, such as biodiversity, food security, vaccine hesitancy, mosquito-borne diseases, and environmental justice. Public and social sector organizations who promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in collaboration with industry partners focused on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals can work together across different disciplines and sectors to blend their knowledge, theories, and expertise to develop comprehensive solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. By promoting “ESD for ESG,” SSEC Director, Dr. Carol O'Donnell, and SSEC Board member Hina Baloch, argue that by promoting ESD for ESG, you can conceptualize workplaces and societies unimagined. Get the full Diplomatic Courier UNGA77 issue here: https://www.diplomaticourier.com/topics/diplomacy
About the Author
Dr. Carol O'Donnell
Dr. Carol O’Donnell is the Senior Executive and Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), an organization of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to transforming K-12 Education through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. In her role at the Smithsonian (a non-profit with quasi-governmental status), Carol serves as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), an appointment by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and she serves on the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on School Connectivity: Hybrid Learning. Carol also represents the Smithsonian on the Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM), which advises and assists the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) of the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President. In her role on the Program Committee for the International Dialogue on STEM Education, Carol co-authored the position paper on “STEM Education for Sustainable Development” (http://bit.ly/3a3ObkS). Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Carol was a group leader at the US Department of Education, supporting States’ and districts’ implementation of ESEA programs; she also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning research grant program of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Carol is the winner of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Graduate Research Excellence Award; National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity “Unsung Hero Award;” and the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award. She was honored to receive on behalf of SSEC the Smithsonian Innovation in Education Award for their work on the “Smithsonian Science for Global Goals” project. Dr O’Donnell is the Principal Investigator on an NSF INCLUDES and DRK-12 planning grant award for SSEC’s work in “Building Networks and Enhancing Diversity in the K-12 STEM Teaching Workforce” and PI of the grant “Integrating Inclusive/Universal Design and Accessibility Strategies into K-12 STEM Classrooms.” A former K-12 teacher and curriculum developer, Dr. O’Donnell is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the Physics Department at The George Washington University, where she earned her doctorate. Her TedX talk demonstrates her passion for integrating digital and physical interactions in science classrooms.
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