Earth Ethics Institute

Professional Development


Earth Ethics Institute offers professional development opportunities in collaboration with the Center for Institutional and Organizational Learning (CIOL). Participants can earn FPD credit towards maintenance of rank and promotion while working towards GSELS certification.

Current Offerings (scroll down for multiple listings)


Culture, Cosmology & Context

Professional Development Workshop Offering 3 Hours of Credit


Participants will examine the foundations of their own cosmology (story) and discuss ways in which dominant worldviews influence cultural expression and shape the values and perceptions within our educational system, in order to develop an understanding of Earth Literacy in the context of the participant’s respective discipline.Facilitated by Mike MatthewsEarth Ethics Institute Collegewide Director

Friday, February 23, 20241:00 - 4:00 PM Padrón Campus Room 201Registration Link: EEI1017-2

Restoring Soil/Soul in Vanishing Pine Rockland

Professional Development Workshop Offering 5 Hours of Credit


Why is pine rockland rare and worth restoring? At MDC’s Kendall Campus, the 9-acre Environmental Center has 2 acres of rare Pine Rockland. What role does restoring this small bit of land play in building a resilient, regenerative, and prosperous Miami-Dade County today? And how does the process of saving Pine Rockland transform the hearts and minds of those who undertake this mission? Explore components of a healthy Pine Rockland, the need to revitalize this habitat at Kendall Campus, and the impact this vital work has on students engaged in the process.  Co-Facilitated by:Carlos GonzalezSenior Associate Professor, English & Communications - MDC Kendall Campus  Mike MatthewsEarth Ethics Institute Collegewide DirectorFriday, March 8, 2024, 2:00-5:00 PMKendall Campus Environmental Center Registration link: EEI1134-1

Everglades National Park

Professional Development Immersion Offering 8 Hours of Credit


This immersion for MDC faculty/staff offers participants an overview of South Florida ecology and hydrology by providing a direct field experience of the unique Everglades ecosystem. Participants will explore such habitats as the freshwater slough, sawgrass marsh, tropical hardwood hammock, and the globally imperiled Pine Rockland, along the way learning about local sustainability issues affecting our watershed and fragile natural areas as well as the plants and animals that make their home in the Everglades bioregion.Co-Facilitated by:Kiki MutisInstitute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED) Wolfson Campus DirectorMike Matthews  Earth Ethics Institute Collegewide DirectorSaturday, March 16, 20248:30 AM - 2:30 PM Everglades National Park Registration link: EEI1021-3

Environment, Climate and County Resiliency

A Virtual Professional Development Workshop Offering 6.5 Hours of Credit


Climate change is influencing Miami-Dade County’s thinking on urban, regional, transportation, and economic planning. Florida has more people living less than four feet above sea level than any U.S. state, except Louisiana. The county has the most exposed assets and the fourth-largest population vulnerable to sea-level rise worldwide. This workshop, offered in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience, examines the county’s efforts to move toward resilience by addressing such areas as sea level rise, transit improvements, and socioeconomic concerns affecting our most vulnerable communities. Co-Facilitated by:Sandra St. Hilaire County Office of Resilience, Resilience CoordinatorMike MatthewsEarth Ethics Institute Collegewide DirectorMDC Wolfson Campus Room TBAFriday, March 22, 2024Noon - 4:30 PM Registration Link TBA 

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Active Hope for Resilience and Changemaking

 Professional Development Workshop Offering 6 Hours of Credit


The challenges we currently face can be difficult to even think about, let alone to respond to. Climate change, war, political polarization, economic upheaval, and the loss of species and natural habitats combine to create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. This workshop will help build the resilience needed to expand our capacity to hold the intensity of these times and participate more fully in a positive response. Participants will explore the depths of their emotional reactions, their perceptions, and their relationship to the biosphere, discovering empowered next steps as they tap into inner strength and nurture a strong sense of connection with others and with the living Earth. Participants will create and clarify their intentions and affirm their commitment to positive change while assessing inner and outer resources for collaborative changemaking.Co-Facilitated by:Valerie Silidker, M.S., BCC.Psychospiritual Institute Founder and Director Mike MatthewsEarth Ethics Institute Collegewide Director Friday, April 5, 20241:00 - 4:00 PM Location and Registration Link TBA 

Earth Literacy Lesson Plans


EEI has collected lesson plans from MDC faculty and staff who have completed EEI/CIOL professional development. Faculty are invited to browse this extensive collection of lesson plans across a wide variety of disciplines for ideas on how to incorporate Earth Literacy and sustainability into their curriculum!

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