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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 Conference

Start date: October 16, 2020

End date: October 18, 2020

Location: Prince George

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EEPSA, in partnership with our C2C partners, hosts an annual two day conference on the October PSA day.  The first day of the conference is workshops on place-based learning, and the second day is experiential field studies in the community.  This conference is open to classroom teachers, community educators and academics.

Upcoming conference locations:  October 2020 in Prince George, 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

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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

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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.

Climate Change Education Workshop

Date: March 3, 2018

Location: Nelson, BC

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) is hosting a Climate Change Education Workshop for educators from across the Columbia Basin. This will take place in Nelson on Saturday, March 3 and is just $20 for CBEEN members ($40 for non-members) and includes climate change education resources, a morning workshop by Columbia Basin Trust's Climate Action Program, a national resource round-table over lunch with organizations like Green Teacher, Let's Talk Energy and Green Learning Canada, and the BCTF 'Climate Heroes' workshop in the afternoon.

This workshop will help teachers to develop effective climate change education and is put on as a partnership between the Kootenay Lake Local Chapter of EEPSA, the BCTF, Columbia Basin Trust, Wildsight and CBEEN. More information and registration is here: http://cbeen.ca/climate-change/

It would be great if you could join us.

Classrooms to Communities Leadership Clinic

Date: April 10, 2018

Location: Camp Alexandra, Surrey

BC curriculum is changing. School districts and teachers are working hard to transform along with it. The Metro Vancouver Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Leadership Clinic is an immersive professional development opportunity for school district teams to advance community connected learning as a priority school district action strategy.

What’s in it for your school district / team?

  • Focused time to develop action plans, team building and purposeful collaboration
  • Relationship building and success sharing within and between school district teams
  • Expertise, inspiration and support from colleagues and C2C community partners
  • A unique setting in the heart of Crescent Beach – close to people and nature