Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

KNAER Project Highlights

 

PROJECT NEWSLETTER
This newsletter provides an overview of our existing partnerships and activities with OCDSB, OCSB, NGOs and the Centre for Global and Community Service (University of Ottawa) to extend and mobilize evidence-based research, curriculum design and assessment, critical pedagogy and resource development that continues to support teachers to meet curricular goals in elementary and middle school classrooms. During this year’s project, our research illustrated how developing a global citizenship perspective makes a significant difference in the formation of teacher candidates’ overall competencies in terms of engaging and preparing Ontario children and youth for the humanitarian expectations of the 21st Century…

 

WORKSHOP VIDEOS

Pathways to transformative learning: Environmental education, citizenship, and sustainability

Stan Kozak, Curriculum and Policy Consultant, provokes and encourages thoughtful discussion amongst teachers and teacher candidates on transformative learning and teaching strategies, incorporating themes of environmental, citizenship, and sustainability education. This conversation took place as part of a KNAER initiative in which teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa and full-time teachers from Ottawa’s public and Catholic school boards collaborated in inventing, creating, and implementing curriculum with a orientation towards global education and consciousness.

Presented by KNAER, University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, Developing a Global Perspective for Educators, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Filmed March 8, 2012, at the offices of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board at Confederation High School in Ottawa, Ontario.given at the University of Ottawa’s Developing a Global Perspective for Educators Conference on February 23, 2012. This video is also part of the KNAER project, supported by DGPE and the Faculty of Education Equity Committee as partners.

 

First Nations + Culture = Equity

Why is there inequity in the funding of education for Aboriginal and First Nations children, and how can we address it? Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, explores the causes of disadvantages for Aboriginal families and advocates for the promotion of equitably- and culturally-based interventions at her keynote lecture given at the University of Ottawa’s Developing a Global Perspective for Educators Conference on February 23, 2012. This video is also part of the KNAER project, supported by DGPE and the Faculty of Education Equity Committee as partners.

 

Implementing Global Perspectives in Education

Speaking to teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa and full-time teachers with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, OCDSB teacher and University of Ottawa graduate Bonnie Burlton shares her own globally-inspired educational experiences. During her talk, presented in partnership with of the ongoing KNAER research project, she explains how she stumbled into the world of microfinancing while volunteering in Cameroon, eventually founding Drombaya, a self-sustaining and locally-driven community loan service. Bonnie also demonstrates how one student’s comment about yoga pants turned into a multi-month, cross-curricular global education project in her classroom, culminating in a “thrift shop fashion show” through which students raised awareness of clothing costs, branding, and more.

 

Global Citizenship in Today’s Classroom

Joel Westheimer, professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, speaks to teacher candidates and Ottawa Catholic School Board teachers about citizenship education in a globally-aware classroom. Presented in partnership with the ongoing KNAER research project, Joel discusses the tenets of a “good global citizen,” and the difference between one who is good by following the generally-accepted rules and one who takes it upon her/himself to challenge them. Dr. Westheimer also touches on the steps teachers can take to facilitate the process of creating empathetic, socially-aware, and critically-thinking leaders through classroom activity.

 

LEARNING SESSION PRESENTATIONS

KNAER project kick-off: Overview on research themes and PLC teams
Shaping our schools, shaping our future: Environmental education in Ontario schools
Reflecting and rethinking: A look back at the KNAER Project