Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Pathways to Transformative Learning



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. Continue Reading…

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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 Continue Reading…

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Fair Trade

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability & Fair Trade…
Fair Trade by Jackie Heim. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Fair trade sets out to create better trading conditions for farmers and workers in poor countries. This social movement started in the late 1940’s and seeks to address this inequity. With better working conditions and prices for their goods and less negative environmental impact people have a chance to improve their lives: feed themselves, send their children to school, and meet their basic needs which is the right of every person on this planet. Students will make a connection between hunger, poverty, and non-living wages; they will understand the concept of Fair Trade…

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Aboriginals and Early Settlers – Math Component

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights & the First Nations people…
Aboriginal and Early Settlers – Math Component by Riva Gewarges. Thank you Riva for the lesson plan submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The overall goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of human rights by focusing on the historical and present impacts European colonization of Canada using mathematics. This lesson provides a basis which can then be expanded to allow students to read, describe, and interpret primary data presented in charts and graphs, including vertical and horizontal graphs.

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“Earth to Table”: Development and the Local Food Movement

Finale in DGPE Seminar Series 2011-2012
Wednesday, February 15th — 12:00 to 12:50pm (LMX 477)

How can we as educators make connections to the Ontario curriculum in terms of addressing environmental sustainability, social justice, and human rights through a local food movement curriculum? Continue Reading…

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In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations by Jessica Landry. Thank you Jessica for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Access to water is not just a problem in the developing world. Some communities in Canada don’t have access to running water in their homes. In this lesson, students will be introduced to a particular news story about a Manitoba First Nations community that doesn’t have access to running water.

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The Story of Bottled Water

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
The Story of Bottled Water by Leah Danis. Thank you Leah for contributing to our website. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The objective of this lesson is to introduce a global perspective to the water systems unit. Students will watch a video, brainstorm ideas, and examine labels on plastic water bottles. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to start thinking about the impact of their personal water usage, and of the bottled-water industry.

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Exploring Democratic Spaces, Places & Perspectives in Education

3rd in DGPE Seminar Series 2011-2012
Wednesday, January 25th — 12:00 to 12:50pm (LMX 477)

How can we as educators mobilize youth toward peace and democratic engagement? This participatory seminar will examine the above question through various lenses including a CBC Podcast of Ursula Franklin (May 2010) speaking on Peace, Democracy and her notion of “scrupling”; a recent essay by Brigette DePape, the rogue Page; the recent Occupy Wall Street Movement and more. Continue Reading…

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Garbage or Art?

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Education & the 3Rs…
Garbage or Art? by Meaghan Harrison. Thanks to Meaghan for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The focus of this lesson is to encourage the 3Rs in the artistic expression of the students. Students will have the opportunity to view art pieces made from recycled materials and discuss the benefits of using these materials as an artist. Students will bring in their own recycled material (tin can) to create an Environment-themed artwork, helping create a connection between real-life practices (reusing tin can) with the artistic world.

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