Past Events

Connecting Classrooms to Communities: A Regional Success Sharing Workshop

Date: November 28, 2018

Time: 17:00-19:30

Location: Metro Vancouver Head Office, Burnaby

This meeting of educators and administrators from the Metro Vancouver region will bring together leaders to help vision and plan for our Metro Vancouver Leadership events and initiatives in 2019. Please visit our website or contact us at info@c2c-bc.org for more details.

November EEPSA executive meeting

Date: November 13, 2018

Time: 16:30

Contact Jonathan Dyck for more details.

Classrooms to Communities

Start date: October 18, 2018

End date: October 21, 2018

7pm, Thursday October 18 – 12pm, Sunday October 21, 2018

St. Eugene Mission Resort, Ktunaxa Nation in BC’s Kootenay Rockies

THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT

Please note that we are not taking a waiting list. However, we invite you to click here to register your interest in attending the EECOM 2019 Conference – May 10-12, 2019. Those who register their interest will be given one week’s advance notice of the conference so they can secure their spot before general registration opens.

Confirmed Partners and Presenters can click here to register.

Place in Education Symposium

Start date: September 27, 2018

End date: September 29, 2018

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Place in Education Symposium for B.C. Educators
Barkerville Historic Town, Sep. 27-29, 2018.

http://www.goldrushed.ca/

Burnaby Local Chapter Meeting

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 4pm

Location: Forest Grove Elementary in room 29

As always please bring along any fellow educators and/or outdoor enthusiasts interested in joining us, the more the merrier.

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

Apply for MEd in Education for Sustainability

Date: March 30, 2018

Begins August 2018. Apply by March 30

This innovative MEd cohort program will engage participants in real-world projects enmeshed in questions of learning and scholarship.

This partnership program features an Adaptive Education model, which builds a pedagogical bridge that ties the project and classroom to the community. Participants will consult on, experiment with, and co-create solutions that address problems which come to light in the course of working with the City of Vancouver on sustainability priorities.

The unique structure of this program includes a body of advisers and experts that support classroom-based research projects and instructors who act as research designers to facilitate group projects with real-world outcomes. Participants will:

  • develop a critical awareness of the concepts of education and sustainability, how they relate, and their implications;
  • demonstrate their learning throughout the program, thereby increasing their employability;
  • build their abilities to work with governments and other partners by collaborating with city staff on sustainability policies;
  • embody the knowledge and skills associated with community building, political engagement, social movement participation, real-world research,  design, dialogue, network building, and knowledge dissemination.

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.

New Teacher’s Conference

Start date: March 2, 2018

End date: March 3, 2018

Location: Radisson Hotel, Richmond

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Join EEPSA and many others at the annual New Teacher’s Conference.

Apply for MM.Ed. Master of Museum Education

Date: March 1, 2018

Location: UBC

Online 90% | In-Person 10%
 
Begins September 2018 | Apply by March 1
 
Develop your capacity for improving Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Theory, and Pedagogical Practice.
 
THE PROGRAM
As museums contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community.
 
This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student’s own country of origin. The end result are graduating students that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

School Garden Ecology Workshop

Date: February 23, 2018

In this teacher Pro-D workshop, learn how to grow an ecologically-friendly school food garden by fostering relationships between soil, plants and animals. Register and learn.

Walking the Talk for Green Schools Winter Solstice Celebration

Date: December 21, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:30

Location: Science World

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Join EEPSA and other community educators in the winter solstice celebration event. Share your ideas on key ingredients that lead to success within growing our communities.

More information to come soon.

In partnership with EEPSA, Science World, Classrooms to Communities, Metro Vancouver, and HCTF.

Classroom to Communities

Date: November 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: J.L. Crowe Secondary, Trail, SD 20

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School district staff and community educators are invited to participate in the pilot ‘Classrooms to Communities’ Curriculum Implementation Workshop which will take place in 3 weeks at JL Crowe Secondary School in Trail on Monday, November 27.

This is an opportunity for teachers and community educators to come together to learn, share, connect and collaborate to support Place-based Learning within the context of the redesigned curriculum.

Super Conference

Start date: October 20, 2017

End date: October 21, 2017

Location: Vancouver, BC

Registration opens middle of April. Get notified of when you can register.

Register early for the best rates!

Registration for Super Conference includes:

  • Two full days overflowing with interactive, inspirational and highly applicable professional learning opportunities created by 25 BC PSAs.
  • Over 30 remarkable keynote presentations on big ideas from every subject area, brain research, digital literacy, inclusion, and more.
  • Your choice from hundreds of sessions offered in a variety of formats, including lectures and hands-on learning opportunities presented at Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Vancouver, Telus World of Science, and Stanley Park Ecology Society.
  • Access to a massive Exhibitors Hall featuring the latest educational products and services.
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with nearly 6,000 BC educators and education.
  • Optional one-year membership to the PSA of your choice (additional charge).

Master of Museum Education Information Session

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Online

The Master of Museum Education (MED5) program starting September 2018 (application deadline is March 2018) is having  an online information session on Thursday, September 28, 4pm-5:30pm (PDT).
 
The MED5 is a part-time, blended cohort graduate program open to domestic and international students – it is delivered 90% online.  Focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in museums and other informal learning context, the programs draws together museum professionals and educators, and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.
 
If you are interested in the MED5 program and would like to learn more, please RSVP to the online info session, which will be held using the BlueJeans conferencing system.

9th World Environmental Education Congress

Start date: September 9, 2017

End date: September 15, 2017

Location: Vancouver, BC

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9th World Environmental Education Congress

World Environmental Education Congress – WEEC – is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. WEEC 2017 is the 9th congress and will take place September 9-15, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The congress is an international meeting point for everyone working with education for environment and sustainable development or which have an interest in the field. WEEC 2017 is as such an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others. We are expecting participants from a wide range of countries. Are you maybe a researcher, educator, student, decision-maker, NGO or media working with or having an interest in education for environment and sustainable development, or are you just curious? Welcome!

The congress will discuss the role and importance of education for environment and sustainability at all levels; both in higher education and for lower ages.

Connecting Classrooms to Communities – 9th Annual Success Sharing Network Event

Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Stanley Park Ecology Society and Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, BC

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

  • Be inspired by and connect with champions for environment and sustainability education in British Columbia
  • Celebrate and exchange place-based education success stories
  • Look ahead to 2017-2018 for new ideas, curriculum opportunities and professional development events

Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

Please register because space is limited.

EEPSA AGM

Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Stanley Park Ecology Society and Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, BC

Join EEPSA at their Annual General Meeting just before the Walking the Talk Connecting Classrooms to Communities event.

All members and potential members are welcome. This will be an opportunity to learn more about EEPSA, and to consider joining the board.

2017 Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

Date: May 2, 2017

Eight of our School District 6 (Rocky Mountain) educators have just returned from the 2017 Leadership Clinic, and are renewed with energy and momentum. Our team was made up of three educators from the Kimberley zone (Dan Clark, Laurie Neeve, and Natasha Burgess), three from the Windermere zone (Tara Whittick, Hannah Garvie-Ransen, and Alyssan Gauthier), and two from the Golden zone (Sandra Beckett and Caren Nagao). The Leadership Clinic never seems to disappoint, and our team felt so empowered by our planning and networking time. This conference truly does ‘walk the talk’! Our Local Chapter of EEPSA, which can now be identified by the title, Rocky Mountain Place-Based Learning Network,wanted to express our gratitude for the support provided by EEPSA. The teachers who attended this clinic commented numerous times on the value of connecting and collaborating in such a beautiful space. Having the gift of time and space to explore ideas about where we want to go was so incredibly valuable, and there were many comments about how wonderful it is to have a group of like-minded educators to share ideas with. For a slideshow of photos from the 2017-18 Leadership Clinic, please use this link: https://animoto.com/play/zlXUQ0hk8SzqlfDBySXfOA. Our team has come away with ideas about a number of amazing professional development opportunities for the 2017-18 school year, so keep an eye out for messages from the Rocky Mountain Place-Based Learning Network!

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.