Environmental and Outdoor Learning Professional Development Resources

Hope Matters – Greystone Books Ltd.Why this Pro-D opportunity now?

Elin Kelsey is a scholar, public speaker, educator and award-winning author of books for adults and children. Her work focuses on hope and solutions orientations to the global issues of our time. Jane Goodall was so impressed with the evidence-based approach Elin brings to newest book, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis, that she has invited Elin to bring a solutions orientation to the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. Earlier this month, Elin was selected as a finalist for the national Nature Inspiration Award which will be announced in November 2020. Many of our students and staff are feeling overwhelmed, demoralized and hopeless in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, social injustice and inequity, wildfires and a host of other critical issues. Elin will work with our staff to explore how to bring a solutions orientation to teaching about the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and other critical issues. She will discuss the rise of eco-anxiety and headline stress disorder, and the health and emotional wellbeing implications of the “doom and gloom” narrative that is perpetuated by the 24/7 media cycle.  She will share current research behind why hope, rather than fear is vital for student and staff empowerment and agency, and why it is a more effective means for engaging students in these high priority societal issues.

Three part series, choice in-person attendance and virtual options.  Limited in-person attendance to first come first serve.

 Focus Group: Middle School to High School Teachers (support staff & admin welcome too)

REGISTRATION Please register with Serina Allison, serina.allison@sd71.bc.ca  

Session 1

Date: October 22nd, 2020

Time:  4 pm- 6 pm- local individualized snacks provided for in-person attendees

Location: Mark R. Isfeld, MPR

Session 2    Date: January 7th, 2021

Session 3    Date: April 8th, 2021

A FANTASTIC conference to attend!  Sessions focus on placed based learning, outdoor-learning, INED and connection to land, Environmentalism & Stewardship, and so much more.

This is a concentration of like minded people and experts in the field from all across the province.  Such a welcoming and supportive group and environment.   

The Shed: Art and Swag by the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada

  • Engage and support individuals and organizations who are already working in, or interested in working in nature-based programs.
  • Deliver high-quality professional learning that prioritizes the best interest of the child and those who support them, as well the Forest and Nature School movement at large in order to connect children to nature.
  • Collaboratively establish standards of best practice for this emerging field.
  • Build strong, coherent, and reputable Forest and Nature School communities of practice, both regionally and nationally.
  • Co-develop a national curriculum framework that will assist educators in practicing quality, safe, effective, and inclusive nature-based education that is rooted in strong pedagogical principles being translated into practice

What Do the Sustainable Development Goals Mean for Indigenous Peoples? |  Cultural SurvivalSustainable Development Goals and Youth Action-Mini Course

In this mini-course, you will be introduced to the 17 SDGs and explore ways to bring the goals to life in the classroom. We guide you as you teach your students about the current 17 goals with tools to research and decide which issue they care about most. Guide your students to investigate and volunteer to work toward a particular goal or to pursue a career that enables social justice and change toward these SDGs.

We are all connected in a global community, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call us to action to make a better future for everyone. In order to be successful in reaching these goals, all citizens need to be aware of what the issues are and ways to take action