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10th Annual C2C Winter Solstice Celebration

Date: December 10, 2020

Time: 4:30-6:00 PST

Location: Zoom

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Place-Based Learning in B.C.: Success Stories in Practice

On Thursday, December 10th, join teachers, community educators and other leaders from across B.C. online to share successful practices and celebrate our work that connects students with place and the outdoors during these challenging times. What’s inspiring your practice?

Participants will:

  • Share ideas, inspiration and innovative strategies for teaching and learning linked to local places and outdoor spaces
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration and mentorship in your region and beyond
  • Join the conversation, meet fellow leaders and celebrate successful practices

Click here to register!

BC Green Games Judges Wanted

Start date: February 19, 2020

End date: February 26, 2020

BC Green Games is a digital eco-storytelling contest. Students K–12 throughout the province are encouraged to take environmental action in their schools and communities, then share their stories for a chance to win prizes. BC Green Games has been running for over a decade and during that time has collected 1,200 projects and engaged over 24,000 students to take action across the province. Teams have tackled environmental issues such as reducing emissions, energy conservation, zero waste efforts, recycling, composting, and habitat stewardship. We are now in our twelfth year of project submissions and we are very excited to see what the teams have created this year!

Your expertise is needed to view and judge up to 10 assigned projects, from your home or work, using our teacher-tested evaluation rubric. Your volunteer commitment will be approximately one to two hours. Your scores will help select top projects to win great prizes including experiential prizes and cash prizes so schools can continue their green initiatives!

Those who agree to be judges will be sent a judging rubric, a link to a webpage where they can input their scores, and list of projects to judge by March 4. Judges will have from March 4 to March 25 to submit their scores. Winners will be announced by April 3.

If you have any questions, or are interested in being a judge and learning about the amazing eco-actions that are taking place around the province, please send me an email by February 26 (kmatthews@scienceworld.ca).

Community Connections Outdoors

Date: January 31, 2020

Time: 9:00-3:00

Location: Parkland Middle School, Cranbrook

Winters can be long here in the Kootenays, with potential winter conditions lasting from mid-October into April. Many teachers are searching for approaches and activities that will increase their confidence to get their classes outside more in the wintertime.

The goal of the day is to share ideas and activities suitable for a range of ages, centered on getting your class outdoors more in the winter months, with a focus on community-based programs and activities available to teachers to enable more engaging outdoor winter fun with their classes.

After a short introduction and gear check we will head to Jim Smith Lake for a short snowshoe trip, during which we will explore some tips and tricks to successful winter outings, discuss community-based resources, and put into practice several activities suitable to a range of grades.

Classrooms to Communities Provincial Conference

Date: October 23, 2020

Location: virtual

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Lhtakoh* – Where People, Place and Practice Flow Together

*Lhtakoh: Lheidli name for the Fraser which means “waters within each other”

The Classrooms to Communities 2020 Provincial Conference is being held virtually on October 23. Join us as we continue to connect educators from classrooms to communities.

EEPSA, in partnership with our C2C partners, hosts an annual two day conference on the October PSA day.

Because of Covid-19, this is a unique conference, in that the program will all be accessed digitally. Despite not being able to gather face-to-face in community spaces, the focus of the conference is still how to connect students to their communities. Our primary concern is the health and safety of all participants.

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2020 Conference aims to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals are to:

  1. Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
  2. Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as central to teaching and learning in BC’s K-12 curriculum.
  3. Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of pre-K to 12 teachers and partners in BC schools and communities to integrate promising practices of place-based education.
  4. Build greater capacity and collaboration for a BC wide network of place-based education leaders/mentors, including pre-K to 12 teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of teachers and all other interested partners.

Follow the link for more information and to register: https://c2c-bc.org/conference/

Upcoming conference locations:  October 2021 on Vancouver Island, October 2022 in the Kootenays and October 2023 in Metro Vancouver.

 

Leaping into Action-Teachers Rise for Climate Justice

Date: February 29, 2020

Location: Kwantlen Park Secondary

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The climate crisis can be overwhelming, given its complexity and seriousness. In the face of this existential threat, it’s no wonder that many people choose to shut down when the topic arises. For teachers, however, denial is not an option. In our classrooms, we have students who need to know how to prepare for the alarming future in front of us all. They need to know what to prioritize as they face a future of unprecedented changes.

Our keynote features a panel of teen activists from the Cascadia region who are developing strategies and leading in each of their communities.

After the keynote panel we will break into workshop sessions. The line up this year is amazing. Cross Border Conference Workshops List revised 2020.01.13

Register now!

CLASSROOMS TO COMMUNITIES: Connecting People, Place and Planet

Start date: October 24, 2019

End date: October 27, 2019

Location: UBC and other locations around Vancouver

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CLASSROOMS TO COMMUNITIES: Connecting People, Place and Planet

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.

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The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2019 Conference aims to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals are to:

  1. Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
  2. Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as K-12 teaching and learning that is central to BC’s curriculum.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Place-Based: Helping participants discover the value of place and community, wherever they live, teach and learn.          
  2. Participant Engagement: Facilitating learner-centred experiences and creating space for dialogue and sharing of experiences and practices.
  3. Model Inquiry: Modeling a focus on inquiry through place and community, and exploring Indigenous and other perspectives on inquiry, knowledge and understanding.         
  4. Experiential: Immersing participants in place through lived experience.     
  5. Walk the Talk: Ensuring the event is inclusive and respectful of all people and sustainable to the greatest extent possible.

Format:

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.

Conference Venues:

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

 Audiences:

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:

  • Academics/Researchers
  • 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

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C2C Summer Solstice Event

Date: June 20, 2019

Time: 4:00-9:00

Location: Brewhall, 97 East 2nd Avenue, Olympic Village, Vancouver

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4:00 – 5:30 pm     C2C Leadership Circle Meeting for Metro Vancouver educators

This Leadership Circle will bring together district leaders from the Metro Vancouver region to:

  • Strengthen relationships and share successes between school districts
  • Advance your district’s 2018-2019 Pro-D plan
  • Collaboratively plan regional involvement in the C2C fall conference
  • Collaboratively plan upcoming regional networking opportunities

5:30 – 9:00 pm     Success Stories and School Year-End Celebration

Join K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, community partners, collaborators and champions for change at this FREE regional network event:

  • Be inspired by and connect with champions for sustainability and place-based education in British Columbia
  • Celebrate and share key ingredients for successful practices
  • Learn about new ideas, curriculum opportunities and professional development events
  • Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

Register here.

2019 INQUIRING VOICES ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GATHERING

Start date: September 20, 2019

End date: September 22, 2019

Location: Whatshan Lake Retreat, near Nakusp, West Kootenay

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The Arrow Lakes Local Chapter of EEPSA and CBEEN are hosting the 2019 Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering at Whatshan Lake Retreat near Edgewood (south of Nakusp) from September 20-22, 2019. Participants can arrive anytime in the evening on Friday, September 20, and we will close the event following lunch on 1:30pm on Sunday, September 22.

The goal of this annual event is to bring together educators to form a rich learning community meet to share, support, and collaborate with one another. These retreats are a great opportunity to network, share resources and stories, inspire one another and have fun through dialogue and activity.

SUPER early bird registration fees until April 30 ($150) and early bird registration fees until June 30 ($175). After June 30 rates will increase to $200 for CBEEN members / $250 for non-members. This includes all accommodation (cabins or tenting – your choice), meals and learning supplies.