EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education supported by the BCTF.
Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in B.C. Teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more ‘local lens’. By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place and planet, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.
The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2019 Conference aims to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals are to:
- Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
- Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as K-12 teaching and learning that is central to BC’s curriculum.
- Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of K-12 teachers and partners in BC schools and communities to integrate promising practices of place-based education.
- Build greater capacity and collaboration for a BC wide network of place-based education leaders/mentors, including K-12 teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of K-12 teachers and all other interested partners.
Core Values of the Conference:
- Place-Based: Helping participants discover the value of place and community, wherever they live, teach and learn.
- Participant Engagement: Facilitating learner-centred experiences and creating space for dialogue and sharing of experiences and practices.
- Model Inquiry: Modeling a focus on inquiry through place and community, and exploring Indigenous and other perspectives on inquiry, knowledge and understanding.
- Experiential: Immersing participants in place through lived experience.
- Walk the Talk: Ensuring the event is inclusive and respectful of all people and sustainable to the greatest extent possible.
The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. You are invited to submit proposals in a format that outlines how your session focus will be highly engaging to participants. See evaluation criteria below. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings that celebrate shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged. All session hosts/facilitators are expected to register for the conference and should do so within 15 days of acceptance of their proposal.
Friday, Oct. 25
Venues on UBC Vancouver Campus, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, including:
- UBC Longhouse (First Nations House of Learning)
- Breakout spaces (indoor and outdoor) around campus
- Robert H Lee Alumni Centre
Saturday, Oct. 26
- Field Experience Venues around the Region
C2C 2019 will convene both school-based and community-based educators, as well as other community members committed to place-based, community-connected learning in a wide range of settings, including:
- Administrators and Policy-makers
- Post-Secondary Instructors/Professors
- Community-based Educators
- Educators who work with elementary schools
- Educators who work with high schools
- Early Childhood Educators
- Elementary School Teachers
- Secondary School Teachers
- Teacher Candidates
- Teacher Educators
Our Annual General Meeting this year will be taking place at the Classrooms to Communities Conference in Vancouver. Please join us at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 26, at Bao Down Restaurant, the location of the conference’s evening social. Come and hear what has been happening in 2018/2019 and add your voice to the plans for 2019/2020 and beyond.
We will hear reports from our local chapters and hold elections for executive positions for the year to come. If you are interested in putting your name forward for election for one of our executive roles, please email Nick at email@example.com, even if you can’t attend.
Whether you are just attending the AGM or also interested in serving on the executive committee, please ensure that you have updated/renewed your EEPSA membership prior to the event. You can do this online: