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Environmental and Sustainability Education

OISE’s Environmental Leadership Circle 

The Environmental Leadership Circle is a discussion and action group for OISE students interested in deepening their knowledge in and experience with Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE).  It is a great way to meet other students with an interest in this area; get info about upcoming ESE events and programs; gain access to ESE resources; and network with faculty working in this area.  As part of the EL Circle, you can work towards the Environmental Leadership Certificate, a special designation showing dedicated learning in ESE as part of OISE teacher education. 

You can join the EL Circle without committing to do the EL Certificate; attendance at meetings is optional, but can count towards your Certificate hours (see below). 

To join the EL Circle:  Attend an ELC meeting (dates below)

Faculty Contact:  Hilary Inwood (hilary.inwood@utoronto.ca)

2016-17 Meetings (all at 4.15-5.15pm):  Oct. 6, 2016; Dec. 1, 2016 (FE 134); Jan. 23, 2017; March 28, 2017.

ESE Eventsclick here

OISE’s Environmental Leadership Certificate

The EL Certificate initiative signals OISE’s support of the Ministry of Education’s policy in environmental education, Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow, and offers OISE students a way to deepen their learning about Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE). It offers special recognition of our students' commitment to and learning in this area while at OISE, and we hope offers an edge when applying for teaching positions as ESE is an area of focus for many school boards today. It aims to contribute to the development of the next generation of EcoSchool leaders, as well as contribute trained educators to work in community-based organizations with an environmental agenda.

Cost: None! This certificate is a voluntary undertaking for OISE students; there is no extra cost for it, but there is a commitment above the normal requirements for your degree. The program of learning to support this certificate will be co-ordinated by the ESE Infusion Initiative

Timing:  You can start the certificate work at any time during the academic year.  All paperwork to demonstrate completion of the certificate must be submitted by April 28, 2017.  Certificates are awarded in May each year.

Coordinator:  Hilary Inwood

Environmental Leadership Recipients

Click here to for names of previous recipients of the ELC.

Environmental Leadership Certificate Components:

Teacher candidates are required to complete all of the three components to achieve OISE’s Environmental Leadership Certificate:

1. Formal Learning Component: 

Formal learning is defined as working alongside an experienced environmental educator or environmentally-focused organization to learn from their experiences. It can be course-based, but can also be done through a mentoring relationship. A minimum of 16 hours of formal learning in ESE can be completed through one (or more) of the following:

participating in elementary or secondary classes about ESE   OR

- attending an ESE Conference     OR

- working in partnership with an experienced teacher who runs a Green Team or EcoClub,   OR

- attending ESE-focused formal learning components such as attending EL Circle meetings, taking  co-curricular learning events (beyond the 4 required), lectures or courses off campus (as approved with the coordinator)

2. Co-Curricular Learning Component

Attend a minimum of four co-curricular learning events focused on ESE while at OISE. These can include workshops, talks, lectures, field trips, the Eco-Fair or other events. Click here for a listing of what is taking place this term. 

3. Service Learning Component

Demonstrate leadership in ESE by volunteering for and participating in an ESE activity, event, research project or initiative at OISE, in your practicum school, or in a community organization. This can include (but is not limited to) working with a school's Green Team/Eco-Club; doing an ESE-related Internship; or teaching ESE lessons during your practicum.  Teacher candidates must provide evidence of completion by having a host teacher or host organization sign off on your hours. A minimum of 16 hours of service learning must be completed for the certificate. A list of possible service learning sites is posted here, but you are also welcome to set up your own service learning component. 

 4. Integrated Assignment

Over the course of your teacher ed program, complete one assignment with an ESE focus for any course you are already taking.  This can include a lesson or unit plan, reflection, or other type of assignment of your choosing. (This is not an extra assignment, but one that is integrated into one of your existing assignments.)  Submit a digital copy of your assignment with your completion form.

To begin the certificate: Begin the Certificate at your convenience; there is no specific deadline to begin.

To complete the certificate: Please fill out the form found here to signal your completion of the certificate, and get the necessary signatures to provide evidence of your completion of each component. (Note that OISE events do not require a signature as you sign in for attendance.) Send the completed form to Hilary Inwood [hilary.inwood@utoronto.ca]; once approved, your certificate will be issued.  This form must be submitted by April 28, 2017 to qualify for the certificate.

Questions: Check our FAQ list first.  If you still have questions, email Hilary Inwood.

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