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Enviromental Education Webinars



Climate change education continues at the TDSB during the global pandemic. The EcoSchools team, in collaboration with colleagues at OISE’s Environmental and Sustainability Education Initiative, have created a series of weekly webinars to help shift environmental learning to the virtual world during this time of school closures. A wide range of environmentally themed topics will be explored, please review the webinar subjects below. Please join us – these sessions are open to anyone to attend!

Subscribe to the EcoSchools newsletter and follow us on twitter for upcoming events.

April Webinar Series:

Self-Care and Earth Care Online Workshop

Tuesday, April 7th – 1:00 pm

Feeling like you want to do more to help during this pandemic? Join Pam Miller, Hilary Inwood and other TDSB teachers for a facilitated discussion about the ways that we can ensure our own self-care and help care for all living beings in our communities during this time of crisis.

Watch the recording here.
Eco-Teaching & E-Learning

Thursday, April 16th – 1:00 pm

How can environmental learning be shifted online? Join experienced EcoSchools teachers Rebecca Chahine, Nancy Gillis, Bonnie Mullrooney, Patricia Heibein, Adrienne Rigler and Gigi (Marion) Shanks as they share ideas for shifting environmental concepts and practices into e-learning.

Watch the recording here.
Integrating Learning through Nature Journaling - Part 1

Wednesday, April 22 – 1:00 pm

With the return of spring, getting students learning from and in nature is a common teaching practice; how can this now be done online? Join OISE teacher educator Hilary Inwood to explore nature journaling as a way to connect students of all ages with the natural world while integrating literacy, art, science and social studies.

Watch the recording here.
Taking Math Online and Outside

Monday, April 27th – 1:00 pm

Have you ever heard your students complain that math has nothing to do with ‘real life’? Now that they are spending more time at home, this session will introduce how educators can build more real life math experiences into their online lessons. Pam Miller will draw inspiration from the book Messy Maths to explore how outdoor explorations and found materials can be used to support great math experiences for online and home-based learning.

Watch the recording here.

May Webinar Series:

Tackling Climate Change in the TDSB

Thursday, May 7th – 1:00 pm

Having students connect to the natural world is key in supporting a generation who will care and be champions in action as we support positive action in these unprecedented times of climate change. Participants will hear from CCP David Hawker-Budlovsky about how the Toronto Outdoor Education Schools (TOES), TDSB’s Outdoor Education department, intends to support these goals and engage in conversation about what other things should be considered? Resources to support families, students and educators will also be shared.

Watch the recording here.
Growing Gardening Online with Children

Tuesday, May 12th – 1:00 pm

Many teachers introduce gardening to their students for the rich opportunities it provides for cross-curricular learning - but how can this be done online? Join gardening educators from Foodshare and Green Thumbs Growing Kids to learn their tips and tricks for encouraging young gardeners with limited access to the outdoors.

Watch the recording here.
Unsettling the Garden: A non-Indigenous Gardener's Reflections

Wednesday, May 20th – 1:00 pm

In this illustrated slide show, writer Lorraine Johnson explores the garden in the context of reconciliation and land sovereignty, looking at the ways gardening is tied to settler-colonialism and the role of native plants in restoration/restitution.

This webinar was not recorded.
Connecting Outdoor Ed to Online Learning

Tuesday, May 26th – 1:00 pm

How has the TDSB’s Outdoor Education team shifted its teaching and learning model in the move to online learning? Join members of the TOES team to learn more about how their new online resources can be used to inspire outdoor learning with students of all ages. Amazing outdoor educators will include Kathleen Scott-Houchen, Monica Nelson, Rachel Wagner and Tal Schacham.

Watch the recording here.
Integrating Learning through Nature Journaling - Part 2

Thursday, May 28th – 1:00 pm

Join OISE art educator Hilary Inwood and TDSB teachers for part 2 of this workshop focusing on nature journaling. Examples of students’ nature journals will be shared, as will techniques for forming journals into creative integrated artworks.

Watch the recording here.

June Webinar Series:

EcoTeaching and E-Learning - Part 2

Monday, June 1st – 3:00 pm

After two months of leading environmental learning online, what practices have proven to be most promising? Join experienced Ecoschools teachers as they share what they have learned about shifting environmental concepts and practices into e-learning.

Watch the recording here.
Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools and at Home - Part 1

Thursday, June 4th – 1:00 pm

Play is a right for all children, but how do we encourage and support outdoor play in our schools and at home? Join Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) specialist Linda Naccarato to explore why outdoor play is critical, now more than ever, and learn practical tips to support play in any environment.

Sustainable Happiness and Teacher Well-Being

Wednesday, June 10th – 3:00 pm

Your happiness and well-being are interconnected with the well-being of other people and the natural environment; that is the essence of sustainable happiness. Join expert Catherine O’Brien as she leads this online workshop that explores ways to enhance sustainable happiness, personally and professionally.

Watch the recording here.

Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools and at Home - Part 2

Monday, June 15th – 1:00 pm

Join Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) specialist Linda Naccarato for part 2 of this workshop focusing on supporting play opportunities for our students.

E-Celebration for EcoSchools Teachers

Friday, June 19th – 3:00 pm

No one could have predicted the ways in which TDSB EcoSchools teachers would have to rise to the challenge of e-learning this spring! Join fellow teachers and the TDSB EcoSchools central team at this social event as we share stories and celebrate your accomplishments as the year winds down.

July Webinar Series:

Leadership in Environmental & Sustainability Education

Thursday, July 9th

In this session aimed specifically for TDSB teachers, Dr. Marcia McKenzie will explore aspects of leadership by sharing her own journey and experiences with Environmental and Sustainability Education in Canada. As the Director of The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) (based at the University of Saskatchewan, Marcia leads national investigations into how sustainability and climate change education are being enacted in school boards and universities across Canada. She will share some of the findings of SEPN studies focused on K-12 education, as well as her thoughts on developing leadership in EE in this country.

Watch the recording here.

School Grounds of Resilience: Creating Native Plant Gardens

Thursday, July 9th – 3:00 pm

In this illustrated webinar, author Lorraine Johnson explores the particular benefits and challenges of creating native plant gardens on school grounds and offers suggestions of ways to ensure that they thrive. Also included will be examples of the hardiest native species for sun, partial sun, and shady conditions.

This webinar was not recorded.
Touring the Garden with Isaac Crosby

Thursday, July 16th – 3:00 pm

Join Indigenous educator Isaac Crosby (also known as “Brother Nature”) for an online tour of the Evergreen Garden. Learn about Indigenous approaches to gardening, native plants species, maintaining a summer garden.

Watch the recording here.



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