Teaching Food Systems: Community of Practice (CoP)

Overview

Many educators are working at universities on Food Systems curricula and courses. If you teach or want to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems thinking at the graduate or undergraduate level, come join our Teaching Food Systems Community of Practice (CoP)!

Initiated in 2016, this CoP convenes academics and practitioners focused on food systems education to share knowledge, create space for exchange, and problem-solve. We host events, gather at associated conferences, and are working to build an online collaborative network through a Listserv, a Google Group, and a shared Google folder for teaching materials.

Goals

  • Support and grow a community of practice of people who are developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses
  • Develop, review, and share materials using systems-thinking frameworks to teach about food systems
  • Develop, review, and share assessment tools on student learning in systems thinking 

Events

All events are sponsored by the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) in collaboration with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. Events are open to educators at the graduate or undergraduate level who are interested in developing curricular materials to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems of thinking. All materials developed, reviewed, and shared by the CoP are and will be available to the CoP once they are finalized. 

After two successful events in NYC in 2016 and 2017 and two gatherings of the CoP at the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) conference in Hawai’i in July 2018 and at the AFHVS/ASFS conference in Alaska in June 2019, we are planning to host our 3rd CoP gathering at Columbia University Medical Campus in 2021.

Overview of Past Events

Save the Date(s)

Teaching Food Systems Community of Practice Workshop

  • Summer 2021, exact dates TBD
  • Two day gathering
  • At Columbia University
  • The format of this event will follow that of the 2016 and 2017 events. (See information on those past events below.) 

Shared Materials

The CoP maintains a shared Google folder hosting materials from past meetings and curricular elements; these are meant to be shared across the CoP.

We also have a Google group for intra-CoP communication about upcoming events, resources to suggest, etc. If you are not already a member and would like to be, contact Erin Betley (ebetley@amnh.org) or Sarah Bergren (sb3008@cumc.columbia.edu) to request an invitation. We encourage CoP members to use this group as a resource to maintain momentum for our active community in between our gatherings.

Organizers

 

  • Sharon Akabas, PhD

    Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

  • Sarah Bergren, MS

    Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

  • Eleanor Sterling, PhD

    Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

  • Erin Betley, MA

    Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Contact

Email teachfoodsystems@gmail.com with inquiries.