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POPULATION DYNAMICS: Connecting Past, Present, and Future
A Four-Part Curriculum by Jeff Potash & Jennifer Andersen

The four simulations of the Population Dynamics series have been designed to supplement existing high school history curricula and be largely self-directed by students outside of class time. They introduce students to systems tools (behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow maps, models/ simulations) along with primary and secondary historical resources.

This combination of tools allows students to reconstruct patterns of change in the past, based on structural relationships that persist today. Each of the four simulations examines an important period of development in American history.

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Deeper Learning and the Common Core
by Sheri Marlin, Education Director, Deeper Learning and the Common Core Project/Waters Foundation

Teachers learning together for student success with Systems Thinking: A thoughtful approach to the Common Core.

This booklet contains lesson plans in Early Reading, Middle School Math, and High School Non-fiction Texts. Sample lessons include:

Lesson 2: A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle
Designed by: Cindy Hanson, Tahoma School District, Maple Valley, Washington

Lesson 3: Patterns in Algebra
Designed by April Knippen, Gridley Middle School, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona

Lesson 6: Focus on the Pivotal Year 1964
Designed by: Brett Goble, City High School, Tucson Unified School District

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The Climate Leader
by Climate Interactive

The Climate Leader is a free introductory training series in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. Through a series of 11 videos and additional materials this series will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work.

Designed for people unfamiliar with systems thinking fundamentals like feedback loops, leverage points, and causal diagramming, this can be a launching point to a whole new way of looking at the world. 



A Systems Story


A short introduction to key systems thinking concepts.

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FishBanks Simulation Guide
Lesson Guide and Handouts by Anne LaVigne

FishBanks is an online multi-user simulation to explore the management of a marine fishery. The simulation, created through MIT, is available for educators to use at no cost.  Students experience the difficulties of managing a renewable resource, seeing how short-term goals can interfere with long-term success.  Each student team makes decisions with a goal of creating success for a fishing company. The tendency is for teams to overfish, not realizing the long-term problem until it’s too late to reverse the diminished fish population in time to save the fish or their companies from bankruptcy. 

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More articles at the CLE by Anne LaVigne

Hands-On System Dynamics
By James MacCormick, reprinted with permission from

Space, the final frontier, is more and more filling up with its complementary pioneers. From the moon landings to Voyager, to Mars One and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the field of space travel has never been more active or looked more hopeful. This hushed, anticipatory period, when great forces are mobilizing but have not yet acted, is an excellent time to think creatively about what that rush of future action will actually entail and require. The goal of ‘Engineering Mission to Mars’ is to do just that; to explore, within the framework of physics, engineering, biology, and any other necessary fields, the problems that the pioneers of space will actually meet with when they set off into the void.

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