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Pre-College Education SIG



ST/SD Events

Webinar recording

  • Now What?
  • Exploring Climate Change with System Dynamics
  • Environmental Education with Systems Thinking and the World Climate Game

Webinar recording

Webinar recording


Creative Learning Exchange

Getting Started with Systems Thinking and System Dynamics in K-12 education. So many resources are available  at the Creative Learning Exchange including books of lessons, simulations, Splash! app, alignment of STEM and Systems Thinking/System Dynamics, useful videos explaining Behavior Over Time Graphs (BOTG), etc.

CC Modeling Systems

Three Online System Dynamics courses (with CE credit) that are sequential and asynchronous, each summer. Learn to build SD models.  Lots of lessons and models to use in your classes. The CC Modeling Systems website also contains examples of high school students original model diagrams, technical papers, and videos, some research papers, some free lessons, alignment of SD with US national educational standards, and a video highlighting the reason to use SD analysis in the teaching of secondary school mathematics.

Waters Center for Systems Thinking

Systems thinking materials, workshops, resources for teachers are available at the Waters Center for Systems Thinking.

Systems Thought in Education

Examples of ST/SD work being done in early elementary school education can be found on the Systems Thinking Association in Turkey website. Note: this website is in Turkish but text can be translated to English in a browser.

isee Exchange

There are dozens of SD simulations for Biology by Jon Darkow on isee Exchange  which is part of the isee systems website,

Stella online computer simulation

Stella Online is a free, web-based version of SD modeling software that allows models with a maximum of 20 icons (max of 3 stocks) to be built and executed.


July 2023 SIG Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:00 am (Chicago – Central Daylight Time: UTC-5)


April 2023 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: Using ST to promote student social and emotional learning)

Thursday, April 20, 2023 1:00 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!


Bullying in the classroom (project by Uğraş Demir, Kurtuluş İpek İşeri Primary School, presented by Ülkem Yararbaş, Ege University, Turkey)
Using ST in psychological counseling of students experiencing academic difficulties (presented by Meltem Ceylan Alibeyoğlu, Darüşşafaka Schools, Turkey)


February 2023 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: The best methods for implementing ST/SD for instructional purposes)

Thursday, February 23, 2023 12:00 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!


Using The Systems Thinking Iceberg Visual with K-12 Students (presented by Joan Yates, Waters Center for Systems Thinking)
November 2022 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: Mentoring)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:00 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!

October 2022 SIG Meeting on Economics in K-12 Education

Friday, 28 October 2022  1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!


September 2022 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: SIG Goals)

Thursday, September 15, 2022 1 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!

April 2022 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: ST Alignment with IB PYP)

Thursday, April 21, 2022 1 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch meeting recording!

February 2022 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea: ST Assessment in Storybooks)

Thursday, February 24, 2022 12.00 noon (Eastern Time US) Click here to watch meeting recording!


  • We have an activity planned for part of this Pre-college SIG meeting.  One of our SIG leaders, Nilay Yilmaz, is a children’s book author in Turkey.  Nilay is in the leadership team of a multidisciplinary group of preschool, primary school, and middle school teachers, a medical doctor, and an engineer. The group has been working on systems thinking concepts (interconnection, feedback dynamics, stock/flow relationships, etc.) that should be found in storybooks so they can become the foundation of systems thinking lessons in early childhood education. To that end a systems thinking assessment tool was created to score the systems thinking concepts in children’s storybooks.
  • Sometimes these stories are difficult to find at a given grade level.   Sometimes teachers have written children’s stories to support this work in their classes.  We have attached one such story written by a preschool teacher in Turkey, with the author’s permission.  (Note: the attachment is only the text of the story and does not contain the beautiful illustrations that were done to support the story.) As part of this SIG meeting we would like to take you through the process of scoring this story.  Please read the story (English version) before attending the SIG meeting.  Then you will be able to download the assessment sheet during the meeting and we will go to work.
  • After we do this activity we will identify a URL that will allow you to upload (in English) your own assessments for other children’s stories you may use with your children or students, so we can collect a list of stories (and their ST strength) to help other teachers who want to bring ST into their classes (or help parents who want to introduce ST concepts to their young children).  The stories can be at any level of pre-college education.

 Here are some other topics we will discuss during the SIG meeting in February;

  • Advertising the great webinar we are planning for March.  We will have 3 speakers talking about an overview strategy they used to start the process of infusing ST in pre-college education in Turkey.
  • Selecting the 2-3 major goals we want to focus on for 2022 for our Pre-college SIG.
  • (If time)Setting up a mentoring program for pre-college teachers who want to start using ST/SD in their classes.  More details in the April SIG meeting.

Repeat Meeting / Tuesday, March 1, 2022 12.30 noon (Singapore Time), Click here to watch meeting recording!

December 2021 SIG Meetings (Focus Idea : ST Applications in Turkey)

Thursday , December 16, 2021 / Click here to watch the meeting recordings!


  • A webinar with 3 presenters (45 minutes):
    • Sebnem Feriver talking about her research using systems thinking with pre-school children.
    • Özgün Çetinkaya talking about using systems thinking with primary school children.
    • Sena Yildiz Degirmenci and Görkem Girgin talking about using systems thinking and system dynamics modeling with middle school children.
  • The formal SIG meeting (at most 45 minutes), follows the webinar:
    • Conversations with invited researchers who have published articles on using ST/SD in pre-college education.
    • Presentation by Alan Ticotsky (author of The Shape of Change) on his new environmental science book for middle/high school.  Fresh off the press:  “Now What? A Call to Action – Environmental Systems Lessons for Upcoming Generations,” in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange.
    • Discussion about new focus areas for submitting papers for the ISDC for each thread.  We will discuss the focus areas for the Learning and Teaching thread.
    • (if time) an update on systems thinking assessment questions.
    • Other topics of interest from the participants.


Tuesday, December 21, Click here to watch the meeting recordings!

October 2021 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea : Introduction of Team Members)

Thursday , October 28, 2021 2.00-3.00 pm (Eastern Time US) – Click here to watch the meeting recording!


  • Identifying potential dates (and times) for Precollege SIG meetings this academic year: (December 16, 2021, February 24, 2022, April 2-3, 2022, May 26, 2022, July-ISDC?)
  • Presentation (15 minutes): ST/SD lesson in science for students ages 12-14 from a teacher in Meltem’s school in Turkey.
    Please let us know if you would like to make a precollege ST/SD lesson presentation at a future meeting.
  • Identifying researchers and research articles in the area of ST/SD in precollege education (Emre Göktepe – Özgün Kurt Çetinkaya)
    A link to hundreds of relevant articles in ST/SD and education, along with another link of authors of those articles and either their website or email contact information will be provided during the Precollege SIG meeting


    •  Bibliography List for researchers in the area of ST/SD in precollege education 
    • Please fill this form if you can not find your article, monograph, report, chapter or dissertation in the list above
  • The SDS Precollege SIG webpage will be under construction for the next few months. Many exciting changes will be made, with resources and important links. The work is being done by Özgün and we are very lucky to have her innovative ideas for the webpage.
  • Discussion on other relevant topics related to the use of ST/SD in Precollege education.

August 2021 SIG Meeting (Focus Idea : Preliminary Preparations)

Thursday , August 19 2021 1.00-2.00 pm EDT – Click here to watch the meeting recording!


  •  Introduction of new associates who will help lead the planning and discussion of the SDS Precollege SIG. All of our new associates are from Turkey. We are so lucky to have their experience and help.
    •  Meltem C. Alibeyoglu –after working 5 years as an academic coordinator, now working in the same school as R&D Coordinator in middle & secondary school and Nilay Yilmaz storybook author, holding PhD on Turkish and children’s literature. She will collaborate on determining the SIG agenda and planning for future meetings and setting up an SDS Precollege SIG Forum to promote online discussion.
    •  Sebnem F.Gezer – researcher, holding PhD in early childhood education (Title of her thesis: Systems Thinking Skills of Preschool Children in Early Childhood Education Contexts of Turkey and Germany) and Özgün Cetinkaya Kurt – classroom teacher, hoping to pursue a PhD in systems thinking in elementary education. She will be maintaining the ST/SD in Precollege Education practitioners database; maintaining the SDS Precollege SIG webpage.
    •  Göksen Kizilkaya – English language teacher in Turkey.
    • She is translating 100 systems thinking assessment questions the Turkish ST/SD educators have created over the past 5 years to English and submitting them to the ST/SD Assessment Database.
  •  Current and planned activities for the SDS Precollege SIG for 2021
    • Meetings – every other month, starting in August
    • Continue to collect ST/SD assessment questions to add to the database
    • Submit questions at:
    • Update the SDS Precollege SIG webpage and forum – (Şebnem and Özgün)
    • Set up a convenient forum for precollege ST/SD discussions – (Özgün)
    • Maybe use the CLE listserv? Or do we want to use Slack?
    • At least one 15 minute video presentation every SIG meeting by educators who use ST/SD in their precollege classes – different levels (early childhood, primary, middle school, secondary school). Please let us know if you want to present at one of the SIG meetings.
    • Note: Özgün is preparing a presentation and handout in English for August meeting
    • Identifying academicians working in ST/SD precollege education (Emre Göktepe) We will focus on this for our next SIG meeting and have a significant list of articles for you.
    • Update and maintain a database of educators using ST/SD in precollege, globally (Sebnem and Özgün)
      • PLEASE let us know of names who should be added to the list. Please make sure the person you suggest is OK with us knowing his/her name. That person can use the link below to submit his/her name and information for our database, or you can give us his/her contact information and we will contact them for permission.
      • Google form was created – Link is
      • We will request information from SDS Chapters regarding any ST/SD work being done in precollege
    • Find contacts in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools (Özgün) Information about potential of influence of ST/SD in IB schools will be discussed in our.

Application Form for Educators Using Systems Thinking/System Dynamics Tools in Precollege Education



The email discussion group provides a forum where all people interested in using system dynamics and systems thinking in k-12 education can discuss problems or share what is going on.

Some topics might include:

  • reports of experiences – successes, interesting vignettes, problems, failures
  • how best to introduce systems and modeling to students
  • how to encourage colleagues to use systems education
  • what organizational structures contribute to learner-centered learning
  • what classroom techniques work best
  • when does the learning curve steepen for students and teachers
  • what materials are most effective
  • what research would help systems education and learner-centered learning
  • what assessment techniques are available and seem effective announcements of upcoming workshops and conferences

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The Pre-College Education Special Interest Group was formed in 2018. It currently has 65 members.

The Pre-College Education Special Interest Group has as a vision the infusion of systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling experiences for students ages 4 to 18 in all countries and in multiple disciplines (including science, mathematics, health, geography, economics, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.). Our aim is to spread the use of systems thinking and System Dynamics lessons to enhance student understanding of systems around them and help them become better decision makers.

Current initiatives:

  • Creating SplashExchange The second generation of Splash! that will allow models to demonstrate oscillating behavior. We should have a beta version available for testing in December 2021.

  • Compiling a set of questions to assess systems thinking skills for students ages 5 to 22.

  • Identifying researchers and research articles >in the area of ST/SD in precollege education

    • Bibliography List for researchers in the area of ST/SD in precollege education

    • Please fill this form if you can not find your article, monograph, report, chapter or dissertation in the list above

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Contact the SIG organizers at

Diana Fisher

Diana Fisher

VP Pre-college Education
Portland, OR, USA. Contact

Lee Stuntz

Ülkem Yararbaş

Associate VP Pre-college Education
İzmir, Türkiye. 

Lee Stuntz

Chang-Kwon (Benjamin) Chung

System Leadership Institute
Seoul, South Korea. 

Lee Stuntz

Donald DeLand

Systems Thinking Coach & Facilitator; Math Education Technology Researcher
Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Lee Stuntz

Emre Göktepe

Systems Thinking Association
İzmir, Türkiye.

Lee Stuntz

Gaye D. Ceyhan

Assistant Professor at Boğaziçi University
İstanbul, Türkiye.

Diana Fisher

Matilde (Lin Ya) Hong

Researcher, iiLABs (industry + innovation LABoratories) Industrial Innovation Research Institute
Taipei, Taiwan.

Diana Fisher

Meltem C. Alibeyoğlu

Darussafaka Schools Research and Development Coordinator
İstanbul, Türkiye.

Diana Fisher

Prof. Dr. Min-Ren Yan

Professor of Management at National Chengchi University
Taipei, Taiwan.

Lee Stuntz

Özgün Kurt Çetinkaya

Primary School Teacher, Systems Thinking Association
Toronto, Canada.

Lee Stuntz

Sena Yıldız Değirmenci

Science Teacher, Systems Thinking Association
Munich, Germany.

Lee Stuntz

Steven Roderick

Curriculum Developer, The Concord Consortium
USA. Contact

Lee Stuntz

Ed Gallaher

Research at Applied System Dynamics, LLC
Hillsboro, OR, USA
. Contact

Lee Stuntz

Şebnem F. Gezer

Education for Sustainability Researcher
Canberra, Australia. Contact