Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals:


The World’s Challenges Can Be Found in Your Classroom!

May 10th, 9:45 am-2:00 pm

Co-Chairs: Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Nitima Bhatia, and Sandra Peniston

In collaboration with the Teaching Commons and in advance of this year’s 10th annual Teaching in Focus conference, the SDGs-in-the-Classroom Community of Practice is delighted to offer our first UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Teach-In Day.

Whether you are just beginning to explore how the United Nations’ 17 SDGs might intersect with the subjects you touch upon in your classrooms, or you have deep research and teaching familiarity with these goals, we welcome you for a fully online half-day of panel discussions, interactive sessions, and experiential learning about teaching the SDGs. Together we will share approaches to working with the SDGs as a learning framework, strategies for engaging students with SDG-focused lessons, and experiences as teachers and learners in the SDG classroom. Join us for a fun, no-strings-attached event to renew and revitalize your teaching!


SDG Teach-In Day Program Schedule

Click here to Register for the SDG’s Teach-In Day Pre-Conference Event!

Click here to Join the SDG’s Teach-In Pre-Conference Event on Tuesday, May 10th!

Live coaching for folks who want to get started infusing the SDGs in an upcoming class or course will be available from 12:00-12:30 & 2:00-3:00



Dr. Robin Sutherland-Harris, The Teaching Commons; Dr Will Gage, VP Teaching and Learning; and Jon Beale, SDSN Network

Overview and Intent of the Teach-In

Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Provostial Fellow


“Wait, am I already teaching the SDGs and don’t know it? A fun interactive introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals and their existing connections to your courses.”

Featuring Dr. Bryan Lee, Nicole Arsenault, Shireen Rezk, and Nitima Bhatia

Get started with an engaging session exploring where and how you are already teaching the SDGs.


Faculty Panel: “Using the UNSDGs as a framework for student innovation to flourish!”

Hosted by Sandra Peniston, Teach-In Co-chair
Featuring Dr. Andrew Maxwell from Lassonde Engineering and Angela Norwood from Design

Faculty members will showcase how they use the SDGs as a learning framework.


Student Panel: “Our experiences learning about the UN SDGs – what we found really engaged us.”

Hosted by Nitima Bhatia, PhD Student and Teach-In Co-chair
Featuring Danielle Legerman, Bella Wei, Artem Solovey, and Noah Khan

Join York University students to learn about their perspectives on learning in SDG-infused classrooms and courses.


Lunch Break and Live Coaching

Hosted by James Papple, Tracy Bhoola, and Sandra Peniston

Drop in to get support infusing the SDGs into an upcoming class or course.


An SDG-tasting: An Experiential Interdisciplinary Smorgasbord

Hosted by Dr. Robin Sutherland-Harris, The Teaching Commons

Come and join profs from a variety of programs and disciplines at York as a “student”, and experience how they infuse the UN SDGs in their classes through a short activity. Participants will be invited to self-select their sessions from the featured faculty members below.

12:30-1:00 – Round 1

1:05-1:30 – Round 2

Math – with Dr. Jessie Yang
Global Health – with Sandra Peniston
York Bridging Program – with Tracy Bhoola
Engineering – with Dr. Mogjan Jadidi

1:30 – 1:55 – Group Debrief & Closure

Featuring Dr. Robin Sutherland-Harris and Dr. Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt


Closing Remarks

Hosted by Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Provostial Fellow

We will wrap up by sharing our new SDGs-in-the-Classroom Toolkit!


Live Coaching Continued

Hosted by James Papple, Tracy Bhoola, and Sandra Peniston

Drop in to get support infusing the SDGs into an upcoming class or course.

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