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Environmental and Sustainability Education
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    March 04
    Spring into an AQ in Environmental Education in April!
    Subsidies available for TDSB Teachers!
    Want to take climate action with your students? Looking to connect with other educators dedicated to environmental learning? Join an Additional Qualification course in Environmental Education (EE) at OISE! This online course provides an engaging introduction to teaching and 'learning in, about, and for the environment' for elementary and secondary teachers through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, workshops, guest speakers, and nature-based learning. Each course features 12 modules of collaborative and independent professional learning, access to a rich set of resources, and many opportunities for collaborative learning and networking. The AQ in EE Part 1 is available beginning mid-April; Part 1 and Part 2 will available this summer. Subsidies available for TDSB teachers! Visit OISE's AQ website for dates and registration.
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    February 18
    2021 Webinar Series by Natural Curiosity
    4-Part Professional Development Series from March - June
    Please see below for a message from Natural Curiosity:
    The Natural Curiosity team has been busy re-working our professional learning offerings this winter to better support the needs of educators this spring. We are excited to announce that we have adapted our year-long online coaching program into a new, 4-part series! Designed in response to the ongoing COVID-realities, this series has a shorter time commitment and discounted pricing compared to our full 10-month coaching program.
    This virtual learning series will bring educators deeper into their own inquiry and ecology of natural curiosity - growing a learning environment where educators and students experience themselves in relationship with the Land and each other in community. Educators will explore the four-branch pedagogical framework of environmental inquiry and the associated Indigenous lenses that present tangible entry points towards a reciprocal relationship with the Land participating as co-teacher. Strategies to overcome barriers will be discussed in a safe and collegial online environment where educators may process experiences, ask questions, and share stories. The workshops will be facilitated by Haley Higdon, Natural Curiosity's Program Manager.
    This series is taking place monthly, from March - June, for 2 hours in the evening. Please visit their link to register.
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    January 27
    EECOM Conference 2021 - Exploring the Nature of Cities
    Registration Now Open!
    OISE is happy to host EECOM 2021 this spring, Canada's only national Environmental Education conference! For the first time, EECOM 2021 is being offered online from April 21-24, 2021, and welcomes all who are interested in exploring concepts and practices of environmental learning. This year's theme, Urban Environmental Education, focuses on four themes: City as Classroom, Indigenous Education, EcoJustice Education, and Water Education. The conference kicks off with a Research Symposium on April 21, followed by three days of dynamic sessions and workshops. Get inspired with three keynote addresses: an open-access Earth Day kick-off by youth activist Larissa Crawford; a shared talk from Indigenous artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch; and a deep-dive into climate justice with Julian Agyeman. In addition to over 100 presenters in 70+ sessions, unique social events will support networking with others passionate about Environmental Education across the country. There's no travel required, so educators, administrators, parents and students (gr. 11+) can fully engage in the conference with minimal environmental impact. Learn more, view the schedule and speakers, and register your spot now at
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    October 22, 2020
    The Winners of the 2020 ESE Scavenger Hunt...
    Thank you to all who participated in the first ever ESE Scavenger Hunt!
    This ESE Scavenger Hunt led participants to navigate through different online "locations" (theme/choice boards), find hidden clues and answer 10 OISE ESE related along the way to be entered into a draw for a prize.
    After tallying the results and entering all eligible entrants into a draw, OISE ESE is pleased to announce that are top three winners are:
    Katherine Chen (MT), Catherine Chui (MT) and SatBinder Dhir (MA-CSE).
    Congratulations! All three winners will be receiving a physical copy of an ESE resource book to help support their own ESE teaching and learning.
    Thank you to all who participated! We hope you enjoyed this EE Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to look out for more ESE online events, contests and our annual conference happening in April 2021!
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    September 09, 2020
    OISE ESE Scavenger Hunt - Join in for your chance to win!
    As part of OISE Orientation, this hunt aims to familiarize OISE students new and old with all things on offer in ESE at OISE. Learn about the largest and most active group on campus, the environmental partnership with the largest school board in the country, plus join online events and opportunities to garden, create eco-art and/or achieve an Environmental Leadership Award. The hunt involves hunting for clues and answering 10 questions across multiple online spaces designed with Google theme boards. Contest runs until September 30th, 2020.
    Ready to get started? See the OISE ESE Scavenger Hunt link to join in! Link can be found at
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    September 09, 2020
    OISE Learning Garden Scavenger Hunt - Ready, set, grow!
    This hunt aims to introduce you to educational gardening at OISE, offering prizes for getting to know this garden online as a part of OISE's Student Orientation this fall. The hunt involves answering 10 questions about the Learning Garden, using the garden website as a site of exploration, and connecting what you learn to your own neighbourhood.
    Contest runs until September 30th, 2020.
    Ready to get started? See the OISE Learning Garden Scavenger Hunt link to join in! Link can be found at
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    August 29, 2020
    Upcoming ESE free webinars in September!
    Be sure to check out our upcoming webinars happening in September!
    The first three are now available for registration. Topics include Growing Educational Gardens at U of T, Taking K-12 Teaching Outside and Environmental Education in a Pandemic. See the "Events" tab to register via zoom!
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    May 25, 2020
    Four new June Webinars Added - Register today!
    TDSB EcoSchools & OISE ESE Webinars
    Thanks to everyone who has attended the May ESE webinars hosted by OISE ESE and TDSB EcoSchools! We have two more events in this final week of May before heading into a new month! View details on our June events under the "Events" tab on the ESE Website and register in advance using the Zoom link provided in each event's description (or click the attached TDSB EcoSchools link to view all events and register for upcoming ones).
    NOTE: OISE Students who want the webinars added to their OISE Co-Curricular Record (CCR) should ALSO register for each event on the Student Services website
    June Webinar Topics:
    Eco-teaching & E-Learning - Part 2
    Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools & at Home - Part 1
    Sustainable Happiness & Teacher Well-Being
    Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools & at Home - Part 2
    Missed out? View past webinar recordings here: