In an effort to support teachers as they explore transformative eco-social justice education, Be The Change Earth Alliance will be hosting bi-weekly online cafes the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. These networking opportunities will be from 3:30-4:30pm Pacific Time beginning Mon. Sept. 11th, 2023 and are open to all educators.

Together we will co-construct understanding around transformative eco-social justice education and support one another in navigating the opportunities and challenges that these approaches present: Looking to nature as teacher, strong networks are the key to resilience! 

Please join us: 


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Dayna Margetts

Maureen Jack-LaCroix

 Dayna Margetts is a mother, settler, activist, and educator. She has spent the past 20 years teaching middle and high school science in so-called Kelowna, BC. Through her Masters studies in the field of Environmental Practice, she has come to see how important education is in working for a just and sustainable future for all beings. Her personal experiences as an educator have provided her with the opportunity to explore and experiment with transformative teaching practices. She is eager to help educators and youth alike thrive in the face of much instability and uncertainty through dialogue and critical reflection. Dayna finds joy in watching her daughter chase the family dog around the yard and relaxes by reading a good book.

Maureen Jack-LaCroix is an engaging facilitator with 19 years experience as an environmental educator; is the Founder and Creative Director of BTCEA, led the team to create Student Leadership for Change learning resources, has a Masters in Eco-Psychology, and is a PhD candidate at SFU in Socio-Ecological Education. Maureen loves exploring with teachers ways to engage in transformative education through constructive, reflective, critical, experiential and place-based learning to empower students facing the challenging social and ecological issues of today. Maureen finds joy in her life’s work, love with her cherished family, and wonder in the beauty of the natural world from her vista on Galiano Island, the ancestral and unceded land of the Penelakut people.

Scheduled Dates:

Monday, September 11, 2023

During our first online gathering, we will introduce the co-constructive process for deepening our understanding of transformative eco-social justice education. We will then be hearing from Aaron Veenstra, an intermediate teacher in so-called Kelowna. He will be sharing his experience using ‘values’ as a vehicle for embedding eco-social justice education into his classroom practice. There will be plenty of time for dialogue, questions, and generating ideas to shape our further sessions.

Aaron says: “As a grade 5/6 teacher, I teach all subjects. I care deeply (personally and professionally) about personal health and wellbeing, social justice, and environmental stewardship and sustainability. As a teacher, a main goal is to help students connect to and learn to love themselves, each other and the planet.”

Materials from this session:

Part 1: What is Transformative Eco-Social Justice Education?

Part 2: Feature Educator Aaron Veenstra


Monday, September 25, 2023

This session will provide space for dialogue around the complexities of transformative eco-social justice education and further explore the Systems Change Iceberg Model introduced in the last session. We will then hear from veteran teacher Sarah Newton.

Sarah Newton is a classroom educator and environmental activist. She has taught for two decades in Revelstoke and northern British Columbia. Her classroom focus is inspiring students to become forces for good in the world. She does this through place-based learning, community activism and fostering the development of pro-social attitudes in her students. Sarah grew up and was educated in Nova Scotia, and now lives on Wet'suwet'en territory in Smithers, British Columbia. 

Monday, October 9, 2023 no session due to Thanksgiving holiday

Monday, October 23, 2023

Monday, November 13, 2023

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Monday, December 11, 2023

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