Be the Change Earth Alliance offers fun, interactive professional development workshops where participants will explore new and exciting pedagogical and curricular tools that will engage students in inquiry-based sustainability education such as Climate Change while addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Competencies and Content. If you’re interested in learning more about these tools – used throughout the Student Leadership for Change program – we encourage you to attend one of our workshops.
These workshops will outline various Be the Change offerings including Student Leadership for Change (SLC) curriculum resources, Climate Action workshops and assemblies, as well as other tools and leadership opportunities for teachers and students.
Our SLC curriculum materials are turn-key resources that make it easy for teachers to meet the new Ministry guidelines while covering a big diversity of ever-evolving sustainability centered topics. SLC materials are cross-curricular and examine a variety of themes such as Climate Systems, Conscious Consumption, Health, Connection, and Conservation. These resources enable student inquiry into global sustainability issues and have been used in a wide range of courses including Science, Social Studies, Geography, Foods, Family, Leadership, Planning, Social Justice, and English. These resources would also be perfect for some of the new courses including Environmental Science and Urban Studies.
During the workshop, we will also take a look at tools and strategies that you can use to teach sustainability topics, including climate change, while keeping students engaged, motivated, and empowered to make a difference. At Be the Change we know it can be challenging to teach around topics such as sustainability which are always evolving, and we also know it can be tricky not to overwhelm students with “scary” issues or simply repeat information they have already heard—that’s why we focus on supporting and empowering both students and teachers as they connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet.
Participants in select districts will also have the opportunity to sign up to have BTCEA facilitators come in to your classrooms and schools for “Climate Action” workshops and assemblies, as they are available.