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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!

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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.

Topic: Unsettling the Garden: A non-Indigenous Gardener's Reflections
Time: May 20, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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.

Topic: Connecting Outdoor Ed to Online Learning
Time: May 26, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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.

Topic: Integrating Learning through Nature Journaling - Part 2
Time: May 28, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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