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Call for Handbook COMPANION submissions

Date: April 28, 2017

ChildhoodNature is a term that researchers have developed that helps us to remember that children, and all people, are part of the natural world. Children and young people like you understand that the natural world, including plants and animals, is very important for many reasons and you have many ideas about how to share our planet with other living things. We hope that your submissions in The ChildhoodNature Companion can help all of us, including adults, learn from children and young people about how to build and sustain lasting relationships with animals, plants, and other living things in our homes, backyards, neighborhoods, parks, oceans, and in many other wild and not-so-wild places.

What kinds of submissions are we looking for? We are looking for anything and everything that you, as children, teenagers, and young people (ages 0-25), might contribute that draws on your ideas about nature, your experiences with animals, or your thoughts about environmental issues. We will accept essays, poetry, short stories, photographs, photo-essays, opinion pieces, drawings, paintings, and potentially even video submissions. Once we have collected enough submissions we will decide which pieces to include and work with the authors and artists to edit their work if necessary for the final book. Anyone wishing to submit a piece must register their details at the (protected) website listed below, indicating their intention to submit, the kind of work, and any association with adult researchers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChildhoodNature_Companion_Rego

Curriculum & Instruction: Nature-based and Place-conscious Practices M.Ed. – Fall 2017

Date: April 28, 2017

Location: SFU

M.Ed Nature-based and Place-conscious Practices

Enhance your professional capacities to meaningfully integrate nature-based and place-conscious learning within your educational practice, through a community-oriented, experiential and inquiry-based approach in our Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. Explore philosophical underpinnings and develop ongoing relationships with specific places and communities as a foundation for your personal and professional practices.

Become immersed in local ways of knowing and being in the world through holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, as well as relational practices as you study in various locations within the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District and other locations within the Lower Mainland.

EEPSA/CBEEN Leadership Clinic

Start date: April 29, 2017

End date: May 2, 2017

Location: Nipika Mountain Resort

The 2017 Leadership Clinic will help to facilitate the development of a Local Chapter of the Environmental Educator’s Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) in each school district in the Columbia Basin. A Local Chapter is a teacher-driven organization that helps local teachers come together to collaborate, engage in professional development and influence curriculum.

Overview:

  • CBEEN and EEPSA will co-host a Leadership Clinic from Saturday, April 29 – Tuesday, May 2 at Nipika Mountain Resort– a beautiful eco-resort adjacent to Kootenay National Park.
  • All K-12 teachers from the Columbia Basin region (School Districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 19, 20, & 51) are invited to apply.
  • The application period will close on February 15, 2017.
  • FREE registration for successful applicants – only cost is for CBEEN & EEPSA annual membership ($55 total)
  • All food, accommodation and learning supplies will be covered.
  • EESPA and CBEEN are looking to provide coverage for teacher release time (2 days).
  • Participants will be responsible for getting to and from the Leadership Clinic. Carpooling is encouraged we will provide a contact list of participants so that costs can be shared and carbon emissions are reduced.
  • A team of teachers from each school district will be selected to attend. Participants will be selected based on their background in environmental education and engagement in professional development in the school district. We will also consider school district size, geographic distribution of applicants, and representation of a variety of class levels and subjects.
  • We will notify all applicants by February 24, 2017.

 

What is involved in developing an EEPSA Local Chapter?

  • An EEPSA Local Chapter is a local, teacher-led organization that helps teachers come together to collaborate, engage in professional development and influence curriculum.
  • Each chapter needs a president to set the agenda and chair the meetings, a secretary to compile minutes and send them to our secretary and a treasurer to submit your expenses for reimbursement.
  • You can invite administrators and community educators to be involved, but it should be led by BCTF members.  Local Chapters and PSAs exist under the auspices of the BCTF.