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Environmental and Sustainability Education

TDSB EcoSchools & OISE Conference

Thank you for joining us for the Fall 2019 Conference! 
This conference took place on Oct. 26, 2019.

Stay tuned for next year's conference!

This one day conference has been created with TDSB EcoSchools teachers and OISE graduate students in mind! It provides professional learning in Environmental Education through two keynote talks, eighteen interactive workshops, and an EcoFair to provide ideas, strategies, and resources. This conference is FREE for OISE students and TDSB employees.

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Focus:  A New Climate: Environmental Education in Action

The 2019 TDSB EcoSchools conference aims to share a wide range of ideas, approaches, and teaching strategies for EE in classroom and community settings. Our theme this year of ‘ A New Climate’ is aligned with the TDSB’s response to climate change; speakers and presenters will model innovative climate action practices that are taking place in schools and community organizations. Shifting from identifying the problems of climate change (often referred to as a ‘doom & gloom’ approach) towards an optimistic, solutions orientation of climate action, helps students contribute in concrete ways to enacting a sustainable future.  Keynote speakers and Interactive workshops that address the professional learning needs of both experienced and novice teachers from grades K-12 on this theme will be offered at the conference.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)

Keynote Speakers

9:00am – Morning Keynote: Elin Kelsey

An Antidote to Environmental Despair

In the onslaught of the climate change crisis, biodiversity loss, and other environmental issues, many students and teachers struggle with the feeling that the world is wrecked and in essence, beyond hope. The result is widespread helplessness, apathy and disempowerment, just when we most need whole-hearted engagement. Drawing on research from the social sciences, conservation science, and fields as diverse as journalism, palliative care, and video gaming, Dr Elin Kelsey builds a case for hope and why providing an antidote for environmental despair is a critical, and, too often missing priority, in climate change education. 

Elin Kelsey, PhD, is a leading scholar and educator in the area of hope and the environment. Kelsey's work focuses on the study of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the rest of nature, particularly in relation to the emotional implications of the narrative of environmental doom and gloom on children and adults. She is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education, bringing a critical emphasis on hope to an interdisciplinary think tank of environmental issues. As an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, she is consulting on the development of a solutions-oriented paradigm for educating environmental scientists and social scientists. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus for her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a Visiting Fellow, including the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than 95 million shares to date. Passionate about brining science-based stories of hope and multi-species resilience to the public, Kelsey is a popular keynote speaker, media commentator, feature writer for Hakai Magazine, and a best-selling children's book author. She regularly gives public talks and leads environmental workshops with Kindergarten to University students across North America and around the world. 

1:30pm – Afternoon Keynote: Jodie Williams

Climate Justice in Education

How do we define success? Do we tell students that it is based on how much wealth you can accumulate in your lifetime, or do we say that success is determined by how well you can live in balance with the ecosystems surrounding you? How can we re-imagine what success looks like in school? Indigenous educator Jodie Williams will discuss how the education system that was once used as a weapon against Indigenous Knowledge, can now be used to challenge the beliefs and values generated through consumerism, corporate greed and colonialism. This keynote will explore how students can be empowered and inspired to become climate leaders, and how we can all collectively create positive change for the future.  

Jodie Williams currently works as the Indigenous Education Consultant for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.  As the Co-Chair for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario, Jodie travels across the province giving workshops, facilitating summer institutes and developing resources to support Indigenous Education in schools.  She is also the lead on a provincial Community of Practice for Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics. 


Morning Workshops                              10:45am - 12:00pm

Select ONE morning workshop to attend. Room location will be provided at the conference.

Workshop AM01 - Jodie Williams - Lessons From the Earth and Beyond

Level: P/J/I

This workshop will demonstrate the importance of initiating, establishing and maintaining, meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with educators, students, First Nation communities and organizations as a salient tenet of reconciliation in education systems. Through several collaborative projects, which prioritized the inclusion of Indigenous Elders, Storytellers and Practitioners, resources on Education, Knowledge, Practice, History, Language and STEAM were developed. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with digital resources and discussion on teaching about Indigenous Knowledge, dispelling misconceptions and identifying ways to build respectful community partnerships. This cross-curricular resource is a provocation for student inquiry into a multitude of subject disciplines and will provide a practical application of Indigenous Knowledge within the classroom.

Jodie Williams currently works as the Indigenous Education Consultant for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. As the Co-Chair for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario, Jodie travels across the province giving workshops, facilitating summer institutes and developing resources to support Indigenous Education in schools. She is also the lead on a provincial Community of Practice for Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics. 


Workshop AM03 - Snowy Evans - How can we integrate climate change education into school curricula?

Level: K-12

Climate change education builds onto Environmental and Sustainability Education by integrating concepts of resilience, adaptation and mitigation into community education for youth and adults. By doing so we can build capacity to respond to and manage the negative effects of climate change. So how can teachers integrate these concepts into school elementary or secondary curricula? Australian scholar Snowy Evans will lead participants in an exploration of how different countries around the world embed aspects of climate change education into their curricula. Participants will take an experiential approach to consider how we can leverage our own systems to build resilience and enhance pathways in the face of the effects of climate change.

Snowy Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Education at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, who is passionate about teaching, learning and sustainable futures. Snowy’s PhD focused on resilience to environmental change within school communities; currently her research has focused on Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education. Most recently, Snowy and colleagues have published a book: Learning to Embed Sustainability in Teacher Education (Ferreira, Evans, Davis & Stevenson, 2019) that offers an accessible guide and practical resource for those wishing to initiate change.


Workshop AM05 - Matt Brundle & Lori Yez - Get Outside with Indigenous Ed!

Level: Elementary

This workshop invites participants to integrate creative and culturally-appropriate ways to get their students to thoughtfully explore the critical connections between Indigenous values and perspectives and Outdoor Education. TDSB outdoor educators Matt Brundle and Lori Yez will introduce participants to 22 unique elementary lessons created by the board's Outdoor Education Staff in consultation with the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre. Come prepared for an informative, practical and fun outdoor education workshop!

Lori Yez and Matt Brundle have been classroom teachers and outdoor educators with the TDSB for about a million years. There’s a good chance you already know them; if not, get inspired by their passion for and expertise in Outdoor Education and nature-based learning.


Workshop AM07 - Susan Elliott - Harnessing the Energy of Environmental Education

Level: K-12 Teachers, School Leaders & Administrators

Environmental Education can be the engine and integrator you and your school needs! From STEM/STEAM, the Arts, Literacy and Math, to Inquiry, Citizenship and Well-being, Environmental Education can provide relevance and meaningful action to the goals or school improvements your community chooses to implement. Join TFS educator Susan Elliot in this workshop providing research, examples from real life, and practical ideas for harnessing the energy and resources available to all teachers and school leaders for integrating sustained, consistent change. Participants will work through a collaborative process to construct a mind map that shows how Environmental Education can engage learners and support their school initiatives.

Susan Elliott is the co-author of LSF's Connecting the Dots: Seven Strategies that Transform Learning and has led the Specialist Part 3 AQ in Environmental Education for OISE. She has taught all grade levels with a focus on Differentiated Instruction and Assessment. Susan was Green School Lead at Upper Canada College integrating Education for Sustainable Development through inquiry and action. She received the CMHC 2012 National Teaching Award for Sustainable Learning. Susan is also a consultant with Learning for A Sustainable Future ( at York University.


Workshop AM09 - Sybille Parry & Diana Will Stork - Through The Eyes of a Child

Level: Elementary (could be adapted to Secondary)

In this workshop, participants will discover how to support the development of student voice and inquiry while learning from an eco-justice perspective. EcoSchools teachers Sybille Parry and Diana Will-Stork will demonstrate how to use cameras and iPads as tools for engaging in eco-justice inquiry (with the Roberta Bondar Foundation making a special appearance.) Participants will leave this session with curriculum that is ready to "heat and serve" in their classroom, freshly seasoned with new ideas for embedding eco-citizenship and advocacy directly into existing curriculum.

Sybille Parry has been an educator for 30 years, working as a Classroom Teacher (K-6), Teacher-Librarian, Special Education leader, and Digital Lead Learner. Throughout all these roles, she remains a committed Curriculum Geek (an enthusiasm she shares with her co-presenter, Diana). This summer she co-taught the Environmental Education Part 2 AQ (with Diana). She loves being a member of the EcoSchools team at the TDSB. Diana Will Stork is an advocate for inquiry and inclusive, emergent curriculum throughout her 22 years of teaching in a smorgasbord of roles (from primary classroom teacher, to special education, to ESL lead, to Reading Recovery (she has a lot in common with Sybille!) Her summer was spent co-learning and co-teaching the Environmental Education Part 2 AQ at OISE. She is currently a teacher-librarian and FDK nature inquiry teacher at Huron Street JPS. She loves being inspired by fellow 'eco-ites' at conferences like this one.

Workshop AM02 - Vanessa & Steve Alsop - I Contemplate A Tree

Level: K-12

In this workshop we take up challenges of climate change education, mitigation and adaptation with a focus on trees. Inspired by Felix Finkbeiner life’s goal to plant a trillion trees and the UN’s Billion Tree campaign, Plant-for-the-Planet, we explore trees as sources of ecological kinship, carbon capture and storage, and social and ecological renewal. With a focus on specific practical skills and examples, participants will be introduced to selected tree species, successful tree planting approaches and initiatives, and ways of monitoring and calculating arboreal carbon-storage. participants will contemplate the magisterial wonderment of trees and ways in which they might foster different relationships with nature. Our session title is taken from Martin Buber’s influential essay with this theme.

Vanessa Alsop is a course instructor at OISE, University of Toronto and teacher and head of guidance at the Dragon Academy (grade 6-12). She has a degree in botany and her master’s degree research explores carbon storage within the old-growth forests of Temagami, Ontario. She has been actively involved in tree-planting education initiatives in the GTA. Steve Alsop is a professor in the faculty of education, York University. His teaching and research focuses on science, technology and environmental sustainability education. He supervises graduate students in education, environmental studies, science and technology studies and interdisciplinary studies. He has published widely and is currently working in the BHER (Borderless Higher Education for Refugee) project set in Dadaab, Kenya.


Workshop AM04 - Ron Ballentine - Climate Emergency - It's Time to Take Action!

Level: Secondary

Educators may feel at a loss for how to address climate change with their secondary students; how to transform hopeless attitudes into climate action? Led by EcoSchools Canada Director Ron Ballentine, this workshop will take an empowering approach to teaching and learning about climate change. Participants will discuss the latest research and thinking about the current state of climate change, including why it is appropriate to label it as an emergency. Participants will critically examine past, present, and future ideas related to climate action, including what we can do to prevent it from getting worse, and mitigating the impact as it worsens. This session will emphasize the critical role of secondary teachers educators in relation to the climate crisis.

Ron Ballentine has over 30 years of experience with Environmental Education (K-12) in numerous capacities including teacher, instructional leader, resource developer, and conference/workshop developer and presenter. Since retiring as the Instructional Coordinator for Environmental Education and Science and Technology at the Halton District School Board in 2015, he has remained active in the field including as the Chair of EcoSchools Canada, and an alumni member of the Ontario EcoSchools Program Advisory Committee.


Workshop AM06 - Ranu Hamilton - You Built It!: Exploring FoodShare's Field to Table School Program

Level: Junior

In this session, participants will find some lessons students will eat up - literally! Join FoodShare's Field to Table Schools program to experience their "You Built It!" workshops - a hands-on series of environmentally-focused, food-related lessons. Come ready to learn about how our food choices affect the environment, what teachers need to know about Single Use Plastics (SUPs), worm poop, anti-social bees and how to make hummus without a bowl. Participants will work collaboratively to plan, construct, cut, glue, plant, decorate, roll, squish, smash and of course, eat! They will walk away with tried and tested, fully-developed lesson plans. Ready, set, build!

Ranu Hamilton has been a Field To Table Schools Educator at FoodShare for three years and has a passion for growing food skills within children, youth and educators through programming as the Good Food Machine, Fuel for Fun and Chefs in the Classroom.


Workshop AM08 - Rebecca Chahine & Adrienne Rigler - Promising Practices from EcoSchools Teachers

Level: P/J/I

Elementary Environmental Education is about more than just an EcoClub! It’s about making connections to the curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Using the Ontario Ministry of Education policy documents (Acting Today Shaping Tomorrow and Environmental Education), participants will engage in interactive activities to develop strategies that will support climate action in schools within a challenging political climate. Participants will take home a Google Slides framework that makes it easy to put together their own collabortive and accessible EcoSchools Portfolio using the TDSB EcoSchools criteria.

Rebecca Chahine has been teaching as an elementary teacher in the TDSB for 19 years., and is the lead of her school’s EcoTeam. She has a BSc from York University. She has incorporated EE into the curriculum in Kindergarten to Grade 8 and was awarded Energy Educator of the Year in 2018. Rebecca is a member of the TDSB’s Action Research Team in Environmental Education; as part of this she has begun to study Waste Management in her school. Adrienne Rigler has been teaching in the TDSB for 21 years. She has a BSc from Concordia with an honours in Ecology, and her graduate studies were focused on Evolutionary Ecology. As an elementary teacher, she has specializations in Mathematics and Science, and is currently working on one in Environmental Education. Adrienne is a member of the Action Research Team in Environmental Education for the TDSB; her studies on Water Education involve a Reciprocal Learning Project with a school in China.

Mid-Day Break                                       12:00pm - 1:30pm

Activity Time & Location Description

Lunch A: 12-12:45

Lunch B: 12:45-1:30

Locations TBA

A vegetarian lunch (with vegan and gluten-free options) will be available for TDSB employees, OISE students (who pay for lunch in advance), and others who pay the registration fee


12 – 1:30

Ground Floor

Join us for the 11th annual OISE Eco-Fair! Meet reps from over 25 ESE organizations to learn more about environmental learning locally and across Canada, get info on ESE programs, access free teaching resources, and network for jobs and volunteer positions. Those who attend will have the chance to fill out a ballot to be entered into a draw for prizes!
Wellness Refreshers

12:30 – 12:45;
1:00 – 1:15

Mindful Movement


Mindful Eating


Drop-in on one or both of these time slots for short wellness sessions to engage both body and mind as mid-day refreshers.

Looking to move your body after a morning of engaging your mind? Drop in on this all-inclusive yoga break to stretch it out. This low-pressure session will be just enough to wake you up without breaking a sweat.

Want to slow it down? Bring your lunch into this session that focuses on what you’re eating to strengthen the mind-body connection.

Craving a bit of quiet to reflect on the morning, but still want a community atmosphere? Come join this guided meditation session to centre yourself for the afternoon.


Afternoon Workshops                             2:15pm - 3:30pm

Select ONE afternoon workshop to attend. Room location will be provided at the conference.

Workshop PM01 - Elin Kelsey - How to Teach Climate Change without a Crisis of Hope

Level: I/S

In this collaborative workshop, Royal Roads teacher educator Elin Kelsey profiles key sources for climate change science and solutions. Working with participants, she will discuss how to shift from a "problem identification" to a "solutions generation" approach in teaching and learning about the environment. She will also explore ways to engage students in the co-creation of youth-generated narrative visualizations of positive environmental trends and specific climate change solutions that can be easily shared on social media platforms with their peers.

Elin Kelsey, PhD, is a leading scholar and educator in the area of hope and the environment. She has served as a visiting fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education, and an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies. She is a feature writer for Hakai Magazine and a best-selling Children's Book Author. 


Workshop PM03 - Jessie Sawyers & Amanda Humphreys - Beautiful Ecology: Deepening Connection to Place through Relationship

Level: P/J

In this presentation, BSS educators Jessie and Amanda will unpack a fundamental shift in their consideration of 'place' and their immersion in the history, culture and ecology of their school's environments. By building a relationship with their local ravine and an Indigenous guide, BSS students and teachers shifted their perspectives and connection to the Land. Using an Action Research process, they adjusted their approach to learning about Ecology with Grade 4 students by bridging connections to their local ravine, reconsidering how they know and learn about the world, and opening up opportunities for relationships with more-than-human beings. Participants will learn about to integrate cognitive and imaginative learning to help students reconsider their place in the world, and how Action Research can change your approach to how you listen to and engage with students and place.

Jessie Sawyers and Amanda Humphreys are teachers at The Bishop Strachan School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired independent school in Toronto. Amanda's life journey has been influenced by watching her two children as they grow, by experiencing the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and being in the world, and by teaching and working with incredible faculty in inspirational places both overseas and here in Toronto. Jessie is a graduate of the Master of Teaching program at OISE, where she helped to develop resources and programs for teacher candidates to deepen their awareness of Environmental & Sustainability Education. Amanda and Jessie joined the TDSB/OISE Action Research team last year, and have been immersed in the process ever since. 


Workshop PM05 - Kyle Clark - Design Thinking Project Lab: Upcycled Birdfeeders!

Level: J/I

Looking for a engaging way to explore birds in your local area with your students? Join outdoor educator Kyle Clarke in this fun session as he shows how to creatively design and construct birdfeeders from recycled materials. Participants will construct their own feeder, as well as receive basic plans and designs for classroom use; view demonstrations of how to safely use tools with students; and discuss birdseed, wildlife cameras, and how to integrate birdfeeders into schoolyards.

When Kyle Clarke is not designing upcycled birdfeeders (and squirrelfeeders), he works as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, as well as the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia Campus). He is a past president of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.


Workshop PM07 - Michèle Martin - Local Climate Change Learning Resources

Level: I/S

Recent research shows that Canadians view climate change events as distant occurrences (geographically and/or temporally). But the local context provides endless opportunities for engaging in transformative climate change learning, including through inquiry, project-based and active learning. This session will explore the local community as a context for learning about and taking action on climate change. Participants will review current resources, including LSF's Connecting the Dots: Key Strategies that Transform Learning, with a focus on empowering students to take action. This session will ask to educators to consider their current struggles with teaching climate change, and identify community partners and local data sources to address their challenges. We will take a walk to identify opportunities for local climate change learning; and provide an overview of the Resources for Rethinking database to look for climate change teaching resources, viewing these with an analytical lens of local and transformative practices to apply in their own classrooms.

Michèle Martin is a climate change facilitator and leads professional development for teachers organized by Learning for a Sustainable Future. Michele is a freelance consultant with extensive experience planning and leading sustainability and climate change education programs for students, teachers and other groups in Canada and the Seychelles Islands.


Workshop PM09 - Jeff Stickney - Getting reacquainted with trees: Arts and Place-based approaches to Environmental Sustainability Education

Level: Secondary

Aimed at secondary students but also adaptable for primary & post-secondary learners, we will be going one block north to nearby Taddle Creek Park (weather permitting; if not, standing under the covered porch on the east side of OISE). Seated around a mature Beech tree, participants are invited to draw the tree (or parts of it) while the instructor discusses both scientific, philosophical and artistic aspects of how we perceive trees as trees. Topics range from Suzanne Simard’s work on tree communication in the wood-wide web, Colin Tudge on The Secret Lives of Trees, Diane Beresford-Kroeger’s work on the medicinal effects of trees in The Global Forest, Richard Power’s novel The Overstory, and perception from the field of philosophy of language (Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Dr. Jeff Stickney taught secondary school for thirty years (Geography, Philosophy, Astronomy & English) and has taught at OISE for thirteen. He currently teaches in the Master of Teaching Program at OISE. The activity is part of his Environmental Sustainability Education summer course for teacher candidates, and was also conducted at New College Oxford last March for professors attending the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. The paper is being published in a forthcoming book on Heidegger & Education (2020). Stickney is co-editing a special edition on climate change education for PESGB’s Journal of Philosophy of Education (2020), and his keynote talk addressing the problem of climate-science deniers for PESGB and the British Wittgenstein Society (University College London, 2018) will appear later this year a book by Wiley.  

Workshop PM02 - Brenda Simon - Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Climate Education and Action

Level: K-6

The workshop focuses on a stronger awareness of Indigenous perspectives in environmental and all learning. Inspired by the resource Natural Curiosity (2nd ed), it offers educators a powerful way to engage students in learning about their world, in their world. The Indigenous lens in this resource challenges us to ask, “how can we help future generations shift from suffering with the burden of ‘stewardship for the environment’ to a life of active participation in, coupled with deep love and respect for, Mother Earth?” Participants will engage in a group knowledge-building discussion around how inquiry, informed by an Indigenous lens, can enrich STEM/STEAM education as it relates to climate change and action in schools. It will also explore how educators can include Indigenous perspectives respectfully, in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.

Brenda Simon is a guest on Turtle Island and is the Interim Program Director for Natural Curiosity, Brenda has extensive experience in child advocacy, social justice and environmental planning. For the past 10 years, Brenda has been supporting educators to incorporate play, nature and the outdoors into life and learning in schools. Brenda has a deep appreciation for indigenous perspectives on education.  


Workshop PM04 - Pam Miller & Esther Collier - TDSB EcoSchools & Climate Action Workshop

Level: Elementary

Ready to extend your environmental education impact beyond your classroom? In this session, TDSB EcoSchools champions Pam Miller and Esther Collier share insights into how Environmental Education is flourishing across multi-levels of education. Participants will learn guidelines for facilitating appropriate content on the climate crisis for various grade levels, how to communicate to parents and guardians about it, and how to engage the community in action. They will also discuss tips and tricks for how to create space in busy timetables for teaching about climate action, and connect to curriculum links and resources. Participants will further their knowledge about current responses from the TDSB and the City of Toronto in regards to the climate crisis, and begin to develop skills to balance information overload with mental health protection.

Esther Collier has been teaching Science and Technology in middle schools in the TDSB since 1989. She was named an Urban Hero for the environmental programs she runs while teaching through the EcoSchools programs. Esther is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Community Advisory Committee for the TDSB, and is also actively pursuing climate action in Richmond Hill, and sits on the Richmond Hill’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan Advisory Committee. Pam Miller is the Instructional Leader for TDSB EcoSchools. Throughout her 25 years teaching in TDSB, she has taught in the classroom, in three TDSB outdoor education centres, and now supports educators integrating ecological literacy into their classroom programs.


Workshop PM06 - Dan Kunanec - Greening a School Campus Through an Urban Lens

Level: Secondary

How does wine connect to environmental learning? Join TDSB secondary teacher Dan Kunanec to learn about his viticulture project and many other exciting, student-led passion projects happening at a local TDSB secondary school. In this workshop you will be able to see a progression of creative and innovative projects intended to bolster environmental connections that specifically target improving an urban area. Participants will learn how these projects cultivate student leadership and foster greater partnerships with parents and community organizations. Come learn about possibilities for your school and share your own ideas and stories for developing great city builders and sustainability champions of the future.

Dan Kunanec teaches Green Industries, Technological Design and Hospitality & Tourism at Don Mills Collegiate Institute. His 20 year journey as an educator connects his past experience in industry with the current and future successes of his students. Urban possibilities, local Indigenous connections and an overall sense of community wellness and well-being drive his classroom pursuits.


Workshop PM08 - Heidi Campbell & Paula Gallo - Building Climate Resilience through Participatory Design Approaches

Level: K-12

This creative capacity-building workshop will equip participants with some fun and thought-provoking activities and approaches to empower children to meaningfully participate in planning and design processes that address climate change challenges in their communities and outdoor spaces. In this experiential, hands-on, arts-based workshop, Evergreen's Heidi Campbell and Paula Gallo will share a collaborative process for co-creating a whole-school approach to place-based school ground planning and design, rooted in child-friendly practice and community experiential learning. Particiaptns will be guided through capacity-building activities and approaches that emphasize the arts, role-playing, somatic and sensory reflections, leaving with practical and adaptable tools and skills to apply in their own educational settings.

Heidi Campbell and Paula Gallo are part of the participatory design and education team from Evergreen, a Canadian NGO committed to creating flourishing and resilient cities in collaboration with communities across Canada. Heidi and Paula have extensive experience in landscape architecture, education and community engagement initiatives, and have worked with schools, municipalities and other diverse partners to transform public spaces, including schools and childcare centres, into green, sustainable places for everyone to enjoy. 

Conference Social                                           3:30pm+

Join conference participants, volunteers, and organizers at the Duke of York Pub (39 Prince Arthur Ave.) to network, socialize, and share your learning from the day.  This is an informal event; participants are responsible for individual food and beverage purchases. 


Sustainability Practices                                 

The conference planning Team endeavors to model sustainability practices as part of this conference. We encourage participants to travel to OISE on foot, bicycle, or public transit if possible; please bring a reusable coffee cup and/or water bottle to reduce garbage.  The lunch will be vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options; reusable plates and cutlery will be used, and composting will be available for food waste.  With the exception of small nametags, no paper will be distributed by the conference team; we encourage participants to drop off their nametags before leaving for future reuse.


Workshop Resources                                          

In order to reduce our use of paper, resources from workshop presenters will shared on the OISE ESE website a few weeks after the conference.  An email will be sent to all participants providing a link to this information, as well as to a list of the exhibitors in the EcoFair.