Toronto District School Board

 

Students are keen to become EcoSchools agents of change. The EcoSchools Middle School Leadership Conference (MSLC) is a one day event held in January for students in grades 7 and 8 held at Downsview Park. This conference draws on hands-on activities to encourage students to develop leadership skills, tap into their potential to take a greater role in organizing and implementing an EcoEvent, and energize student teams.

The MSLC will take a project-learning approach to help students plan, organize, and develop a customized EcoSchools special event or activity to be held back at their school. During this conference students will:

a) actively participate in environmental learning games

b) engage in event planning, developing detailed action plans

c) practice facilitating selected activities to hone leadership skills

Participating schools will be asked to commit to lead their own EcoEvent during the school year. To maximize the learning at this conference, consider selecting students that are enthusiastic about facilitating activities and games to peers or other students.

Schools are reminded they must register for EcoSchools certification by December 15th to be eligible to apply for the Middle Schools Leadership Conference (MSLC). Priority will be given to schools that have not attended the conference in the past. School applications will be selected through a randomized lottery process to attend.

Please submit the application form by December 14th.

Application Timeframe:

Deadline to apply December 14th
Schools notified of their application status December 16th
Middle School Leadership Conference dates January 23rd -27th

 

Has your school been selected to attend MSLC in January? Consider selecting students that are enthusiastic about facilitating an EcoEvent at their school prior to attending MSLC. Identifying clear student roles will lead to a greater capacity for implementing an EcoEvent project. Consider selecting from the following suggested roles in advance:

Student Position Description
EcoCoordinator(s)/Chair(s)
  • Overseer of school event
  • Plans and reviews activities
  • Chairs planning meetings
  • Manages schedules, timelines and plans
  • Secure appropriate permission for events
Communications Director(s)
  • Creates media content (posters, announcements, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Invites class/school to EcoEvent
  • Engages student body in a creative and fun way to bring excitement to event
  • Liaises between activities and groups on event day
Program and Activity Director(s)
  • Co-plans and facilitates activities
  • Lead recruitment of additional student leaders
  • Prepare materials and supplies required for activity before the EcoEvent
  • Sets up for EcoEvent

 

Questions: Contact Cynthia Chan at Cynthia.Chan@tdsb.on.ca

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