Facing the Future (FTF) is a program of Western Washington University that focuses on creation of curriculum materials that help students see and engage with the world through the lens of sustainability. Our materials promote learner-centered approaches that support students in development of critical thinking skills, global awareness, and a sense of agency. We provide professional development for teachers to support their use of Facing the Future materials and the integration of education for sustainability into their professional practice. 


One of the primary ways we provide professional development is through the Peer Educator Program. Peer Educators are experienced teachers who regularly use Facing the Future materials to meet the needs of diverse learners in K-12 settings.  Peer Educators facilitate workshops in their own school or district, at regional professional development meetings and at national conferences.  Peer Educators have the opportunity to become a part of our national FTF Peer Educator network, to receive trainings and materials related to our approach, and to receive a $500 stipend. If you are interested in becoming an FTF Peer Educator, please download the 2016-2017 Peer Educator Application Form.


Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are due Friday, June 1, 2016. If you have questions, please email Danica Hendrickson at Danica.Hendrickson@wwu.edu.


Peer Educator Qualifications

  • Significant experience as a teacher in K-12 settings.
  • Demonstrated success in using Facing the Future materials with diverse populations of learners.
  • Experience with peer mentoring strategies (e.g. lead teacher, curriculum coach, member of professional learning community, program or departmental chair, etc.)
  • Experience leading a workshop at a conference, school/district meeting, or similar venue.


Peer Educator Desired Qualifications

  • Current user of Facing the Future lessons (or plans to this academic year)
  • Experience using online learning management systems
  • Teaching experience in English Language Learner, Special Education, or International Baccalaureate programs
  • Experience using learner-centered teaching strategies
  • Currently licensed as a preK-12 teacher


Peer Educator Program Requirements

  • Participate in 2 online professional development sessions and 1 online wrap-up session with FTF staff
  • Present at least 2 workshops at education-related conferences or professional development meetings in your region or to at least 50 educators
    • Workshops must be at events held by recognized organizations (e.g. schools, districts, or conferences for social studies, science, service learning, or environmental education)
    • Workshops must be at least 45 minutes and include at least two Facing the Future activities
    • Evaluations must be administered to participants and returned to Facing the Future
    • Facing the Future must receive copies of your workshop materials and a summary of the event
    • All workshops must be completed within 12 months of acceptance to the program
  • Submit feedback on your experience with the Peer Educator Program at the end of your year


Peer Educator Program Benefits

  • Receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the requirements and program
  • Gain access to our online community of Peer Educators and tools and resources for workshops
  • Contribute your insights and knowledge to a growing body of sustainability education resources
  • Receive free copies of the featured Facing the Future curriculum
  • Gain recognition as a leader in education for sustainability