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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.

Explore the series (lessons and simulations)


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

Explore the booklet.


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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Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems
© 2015 Schlumberger and Linda Booth Sweeney

Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems is a book of twelve stories selected from ancient fables and folktales to illustrate twelve principles of living systems. This issue of The Exchange contains one chapter from this book. It has been reproduced with permission from the publisher.


Chapter 10: Reinforcing Feedback
Circular processes that create growth or decay by amplifying or reinforcing change

Have you ever heard someone say, "We're on a roll!" when successes seem to build on themselves, or "We're spiraling out of control!" when problems continue to pile up? When people use these kinds of phrases, they tend to be describing reinforcing feedback, a circular process in which a change builds on itself over time.


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More articles at the CLE by Linda Booth Sweeney

DynamiQueST: Debrief

The CLE and the Boston Area Systems Thinking Educators hosted the eighth DynamiQueST, an exposition of K-12 student learning, on Friday, May 29, with the support of the WPI System Dynamics Program. The day featured 21 students presenting projects to expert system dynamicists and knowledgeable K-12 teachers, as well as to their peers. A rendition of The Infection Game was run—with liquid in cups—for the whole group, and the afternoon session featured a guided group discussion run by a dear friend of K-12, George Richardson, featuring a NY Times article about the unintended consequences of the distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria.


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