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Building Kids’ Citizenship Through Community Engagement

Date and time: February 28th, 2018 at 7:30 – 8:30pm EST
Presenter: Bob Coulter

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How can we give young people opportunities to grow through productive involvement with their local community? In this webinar, veteran educator Bob Coulter draws on more than 30 years of experience as he shares strategies to support young people in their efforts to become confident, self-directed citizens. These ideas are made practical through recommendations for productive uses of digital technology and a review of frameworks that have proven useful for designing community-based learning experiences.

Bob Coulter is director of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Center is home base for a research and development group exploring ways to support place-based education, integration of technology with environmental experiences, and nature-based approaches to character development. The Center also partners with local environmental groups on urban ecology research and restoration projects. In an earlier life, Bob was an award-winning elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Memphis, Boston, and St. Louis. He has published 2 books with Peter Lang Publishing:  “No More Robots: Building Kids Character, Competence, and Sense of Place” and more recently “Building Kids’ Citizenship Through Community Engagement


Building Complete Communities

Date and time: March 5th, 2018 at 7:30 – 8:30pm EST
Presenter: Kathleen Watt

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Join us as we discuss sustainable development and environmental protection, and how to bring these ideas into the classroom. To accommodate a growing population while protecting the environment, it is important that cities and towns are built in a sustainable way. In this webinar we will talk about how building complete communities and using greenbelts (areas of protected greenspace) can be effective methods to protect the environment and how your students can learn about these initiatives. We will chat about how sustainable development, environmental protection, and reducing climate change can be integrated into classrooms to help students become more aware of sustainable growth. We will provide many classroom ideas and free educational resources. Join us to hear more about how your students can learn to build complete communities for the future!

Kathleen Watt is an education consultant with EcoSpark in Toronto, Ontario. EcoSpark is an environmental non-profit whose mission is educating teachers and students to become stewards for the environment. Kathleen has completed her Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Geography, and is passionate about environmental protection and land use policy.


Collective Voice for Risk in School Grounds

Date and time: March 13th, 2018 at 7:30 – 8:30pm EST
Presenters: Lisa Howard and Anders Wange Kjellsson

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Do we overprotect our children? What are the daily experiences you had as a child on school grounds?  What are we, as a society, offering children today on school grounds in terms of risk? This webinar will consider these questions, provide information on risk in school grounds, and how we can work as collective voice and take steps locally .  Lisa and Anders will share some tools for talking to parents, educators and others about the importance of risk taking, and will provide examples of good play space design on children’s behaviour.

Lisa Howard is landscape architect the design firm, Bay Tree Design in Berkeley, California. Lisa is a Leadership Council member of the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA), and co-chair of the ISGA Risk Group.  Lisa has been providing expertise in design of public, institutional, community and sustainable landscapes for over twenty years and has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley.  She has traveled to over 200 children’s landscapes (parks, school grounds, adventure playgrounds, museums, and nature centers) in eight countries to learn of best practices, successes and failures.

Anders Wange Kjellsson is director of Naturskolan (The Nature School) in Lund, Sweden, in addition to being a Leadership Council member of the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA), co-chair of the ISGA Risk Group, and a specialist teacher in natural science. In line with the objectives laid out in Sweden’s National Curriculum, he plans and carries out education courses in natural science and ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programmes for Lund District Council’s employees.