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Teaching Characteristics of Complex Systems in K-12 Education: Lessons Learned
Author(s): Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, & Lees Stuntz Subject: Research
  This paper describes lessons learned while completing a pilot project initiated by Professor Jay Forrester through the Creative Learning Exchange. The goal of the Characteristics of Complex Systems Project (CCSP) is to create online curriculum materials f
Systems Education For Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade in the United States: A View from the Creative Learning Exchange
Author(s): Lees N. Stuntz Subject: Project Histories
  An overview of 7 different schools using system dynamics and the means by which they began, gives insights into how other school systems might approach the venture.
Oscillations: Characteristics of Complex Systems in K-12 Education Project
Author(s): Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Led by a partnership between MIT Professor Emeritus Jay W. Forrester and the Creative Learning Exchange, the goal of the Characteristics of Complex Systems Project is to create online curricula for ages five and above that will illustrate the characteristics of complex systems. In exploring the nature of complex social systems, the curricula address questions such as – why do such systems resist policy changes? Why are short-term and long-term responses to corrective action often at odds with each other? How can leverage points be applied to bring about desirable change in social systems? The goals of the project are grounded in the belief that an abstract level of understanding of social systems will help prepare future citizens to actively shape their society. The lessons and simulations are based upon the fourth characteristic of complex systems: the cause of the problem is within the system.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
Biology Simulations
Author(s): Jon Darkow Subject: Science
  In 2012 Jon Darkow from Seneca East Local Schools in Attica, Ohio, received an educator's scholarship from the Creative Learning Exchange to attend the Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference in Wellesley, MA. Since that time, he has been creating system dynamic models for his AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology students to investigate biological systems.
Among the Hidden
Author(s): Gail Falewicz Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Gail Falewicz has inherited the Critical Thinking and Reading (CTR) class from Mairead Orpen. (See The Creative Learning Exchange, vol. 22, no. 1, Winter 2013.) As the CTR teacher, Gail teaches every 5th grade student at Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS), a public charter school, in Tyngsboro, MA. This is her summary of the class structure and a report of a unit she taught based on the novel "Among the Hidden" by Margaret Peterson Haddix. (1998, Simon and Schuster, Book One in the "Shadow Children" series)
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