Community of Practice on Sustainability Teaching
Centring sustainability at the University of Toronto requires critiquing and re-imagining the ways that teaching and learning occurs in higher education. This new Community of Practice (CoP) brings UT faculty and doctoral students together from different programs, faculties and campuses to discuss and critically analyze the what and the how of teaching sustainability. Comparing and critiquing the development of pedagogy, course curriculum, program design and co-curricular learning opportunities will help to identify promising practices towards transformative and intersectional approaches to sustainability teaching across the university.
By working collaboratively, this CoP offers faculty members opportunities to explore transformative pedagogies to engage their students in cognitive, affective, and embodied forms of learning. Key to this is centering Indigenous worldviews and ‘Land as first teacher’ in sustainability teaching; when combined with transdisciplinary, equity-focused, and place-based education, transformative pedagogy provides learning that is relational, community-engaged, justice-forward, and action-oriented.
This CoP began in the winter of 2022 with funding from the School of the Environment, and support from the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, and OISE. It was designated as a Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group for 2022-23.
Dr. Michael Classens, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment; Coordinator, Sustainability Certificate
Dr. Hilary Inwood, Coordinator, Sustainability & Climate Action Network and Lecturer, Dept. of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, OISE
Dr. Liat Margolis, Associate Professor; Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Dr. Nicole Spiegelaar, Assistant Professor, Trinity College & School of the Environment; Associate Director, Trinity Sustainability Initiative
Sarah Urquhart, Doctoral Candidate, OISE
Professional Learning Events 2023
Professional Learning Events 2022
We welcome your input and involvement in this Community of Practice. Send your questions, ideas or feedback about CoP events, or receive info about upcoming events by emailing administrator Sarah Urquhart email@example.com.