Professional Development

Professional Development

Ongoing EEPSA Professional Development Opportunities:

Get Outdoors!

Get Outdoors is a hands-on, interactive introduction to practical techniques and strategies for taking your kids out to learn in their school yards, parks and local spaces. This workshop explores an educator’s guide with activities that include hands-on mapping, cultural explorations of special places, values exploration and secondary level projects.This guide includes “baby steps” for taking students outdoors – easy and powerful sensory awareness activities that help develop personal connections to nature. It also contains Teacher Tip Sheets and checklists covering group management, materials, field trip planners and the importance of the “100-Metre Field Trip”. Each workshop participant receives a copy of the guide.
Workshops booked in the Metro Vancouver region have the cost of the guide subsidized by Metro Vancouver. Workshops outside of Metro Vancouver must pay $25 for each participant to pay for the guide. Get Outdoors can be 90 or 150 minutes and is held outside in your schoolyard or a local park.

An Introduction to Place-Based Education in the Renewed Curriculum

An interactive discussion on the role of experiential and place-based learning in the renewed curriculum, including a connection to the First People’s Principles of Learning. This session will give a brief introduction to what some innovative districts across the province are doing to support integrating environmental/experiential/place-based learning into their teachers’ practice. We will also explore the rich resources in Green Teacher magazine, Canada’s premiere collection of great kid-tested ideas for fostering learning and inspiring action on environmental and other global issues, written by and for educators. (http://greenteacher.com/) Each teacher will leave with a copy of the magazine to use in their classroom.

Solstice Events

Our biannual Solstice Celebrations in June and December bring together educators, collaborators, and champions for change in regional networking events. These celebratory gatherings focus on highlighting local sustainability education success stories, from lesson ideas to resources to field trip locations. The primary purpose of these events is to bring our diverse communities together to inspire, re-connect and foster collaboration between educators. These well-attended events take place in the evening and include light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and music. We host these events in collaboration with local community education partners at their site to inform teachers of learning opportunities for their students. Recent events have taken place at the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Fraser River Discovery Centre, and at the Telus World of Science.

Leadership Clinic (1 day)

This leadership clinic is for “champion” teachers in a district who are already excited about taking kids outside of the classroom to use the local community as a teaching space. Using the opportunity of the renewed curriculum, this workshop will include an interactive discussion on the role of experiential and place-based learning in the renewed curriculum, including a connection to the First People’s Principles of Learning. This session also gives an introduction to what some innovative districts across the province are doing to support integrating environmental/experiential/place-based learning into their teachers’ practice. The afternoon will be a facilitated process of goal setting, visioning and action planning, inspired by success stories from other districts across the province. A local, sustainably sourced, mid-morning snack and lunch are included.

Leadership Clinic (3 day)

With its focus on place-based and experiential education, both as an explicit pedagogy and as a central pillar of Indigenous Teaching and Learning, curricular transformation provides an excellent opportunity to advance ecological literacy and place-based environmental learning. There are already many great examples of place-based learning taking place across the province, yet many individual educators, schools and school districts would like to further increase their capacity to use the curricular and core competencies to help their students explore their relationship to place.
This leadership clinic will inspire innovation in your district through an exploration of best practices in Place Based Education and a structured facilitation process to help your team articulate and realize its goals. Teams of four to five educators from your district will join with five to eight other regional teams in an energizing three-day immersive working group in a beautiful location.
Using a practiced mix of whole group dialogue, focused work time for individual groups, and structured benchmarks, your team will benefit from the collaborative energy of a larger network of educators. As you work toward a vision for your district, you will create a resource bank of community supporters and an action plan for the year ahead. At the conclusion of the leadership clinic, your team will be connected to a larger regional network which will actively foster your goals and inspire your action.


EEPSA’s Partners Professional Development

BCTF Provincial Specialist Associations

BCTF PSAs
EEPSA is one of 32 PSA’s in BC. Information about all PSAs, including conferences, workshops, publications, and email lists.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

HCTF Education Programs
HCTF offers a variety of environmental education programs, grants to support classes in outdoor learning, a comprehensive list of conservation organizations, and other educational resources.

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver Events
Metro Vancouver hosts a diversity of environmental events for teachers, students, and the community at large. Discover curriculum based teacher workshops, youth leadership programs, school programs, dialogue series, and more.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

CBEEN Programs
A large and vibrant group of educators in the Columbia Basin region who offer programs for classes, frequent teacher events and resources, as well as resources for fellow educators.