Ecoliteracy through Active Citizenship
Presenter: Pam Miller
Tuesday April 29th 2014 7:30-8:30pm EST
This webinar is co-sponsored by Evergreen (www.evergreen.ca)
Engaging students in action-based activities that influence positive change for the environment can deepen their understanding of nature, make learning meaningful, empower students, and foster leadership skills. Learn how to integrate active citizenship in your educational programs as we explore approaches, techniques and inspiring examples.
Pam Miller supports K-12 teachers implement ecological literacy into their classroom instruction in her role as the Toronto District School Board’s EcoSchools’ Instructional Leader. Her work includes fostering best practices, developing resources, and building collaborative learning networks among teachers and staff to deepen teachers’ skills and knowledge in and approaches to Environmental Education. She has taught in the TDSB for 22 years both in the classroom and in TDSB Outdoor Education Schools and holds degrees in education (B.Ed, York University) and science (Honours B.Sc, University of Guelph).
Presenter: Marlene Power
Thursday, May 1st 2014 7:30-8:30pm EST
This webinar will introduce you to the underlying ethos of Nature and Forest Schools, framed from the perspective of place, play and inquiry-based education. We will explore why Nature and Forest School is a good idea, what kinds of opportunities it provides for educators, learners and ‘communities,’ as well as what is evolving in Canada in this emerging field of environmental education.
Marlene Power is the Founder of Carp Ridge Forest School, Canada’s first outdoor, nature-based Forest School, as well as Founder and Executive Director of Forest School Canada. Marlene is an avid outdoors-person, social activist, environmentalist, and advocate for children’s access to nature. She attributes her resilience, creativity, love of nature, and environmental values to her freedom to roam in childhood and all the lessons inherent in growing up in the natural world in outport Newfoundland. Marlene studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, as well as TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Presenter: Sox Sperry
Thursday October 2nd 2014 7:30-8:30pm EST
How to use media decoding to invite students into safe collective reflection on the strong emotions that often rise in response to the challenges of sustainability. High school and college educators and teachers-in-training will learn pedagogical techniques and curriculum materials that can help students to engage in critical thinking and emotional honesty about the complex environmental, economic and social systems that underlie sustainability.
Sox Sperry is a Program Associate and curriculum writer for Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College in upstate New York. He has authored 13 curriculum kits for Project Look Sharp including series on media constructions of sustainability: food, water and agriculture; chemicals, resources and endangered species; social justice and peace movements and U.S. presidential campaigns. Sox began his career as a teacher and curriculum designer at the Learning Center parent-teacher cooperative elementary school in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Between 1984 and 2007 he worked at the Center For Nonviolence in Fort Wayne teaching nonviolence, developing curriculum and training trainers for a batterer’s intervention program.
Presenter: Susan Santone
Tuesday, October 21st 2014 7:30-8:30pm EST
The Transformative Education Forum is a new global network of educators, citizens, non-profit organizations and business leaders supporting innovative models of sustainability education. This webinar will introduce TEF’s twelve principles. Then it will focus on the work of TEF-US which is building a network of K-20 demonstration sites. It is also developing an online community where people share their resources, stories and inspiration. In the webinar, you will learn about this new network, see examples of demonstration programs, and gain opportunities to contribute your stories.
Susan Santone is the founder and Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, a nonprofit focused on sustainability education based in southeast Michigan. A former classroom teacher, she specializes in instructional design and training for sustainability, ecological economics, and cultural issues. As head of Creative Change, she has led multiple curriculum reform and teacher education initiatives, working nationally with public schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations. She is also an adjunct instructor in Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she has taught “Schools in a Diverse and Democratic Society” and “Teaching Ecological Economics.”