Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

This guide presents an overview of our 2011-2013 KNAER project at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. In this project, collaborative inquiry was used both as an instructional strategy in the participating Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) classrooms and as an approach for teacher and teacher candidate professional growth. This guide also documents our existing partnerships and activities with OCDSB, OCSB, NGOs and the Centre for Global and Community Service (University of Ottawa). Download Collaborative Inquiry Guide.

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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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PLC Team Mohammed-Rajala-Danis (Charles H. Hulse PS)

Project Title:
What difference are you making?

Project Description:
Our big idea: I have an effect on my relationships and if I understand an issue, I can choose to make a positive difference. Essentially, we want the students to become informed consumers, and understand the choices they are making.

We focused on a few different industries, and approached them from multiple points of view. Before Justin and I went into the classroom, the students were studying mining, and the pros and cons of its practices. Justin introduced the foresting industry through Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Continue Reading…

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Greenbank Middle School Team

Project Title:
Real Food – Sustainable choices for a healthy future

Project Description:
The project that our team developed focused on the environmental impact of food production and consumption worldwide. The main question we tried to address through teaching was: “How does my lifestyle affect the lives of others?”. The project consisted of lessons on local food production and consumption, and lessons identifying the global impact of Canadian diets. The culmination of this project is to be the development of a sustainable urban food garden constructed on school property. Continue Reading…

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Devonshire Public School PLC Team

Project Title:
What makes a healthy community?

Project Description:
The project began with a re-enactment of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, performed by Stephen, Ashley, Sharon and Tyler. The aim was to get the students thinking critically about commercialism and capitalism, and considering the environmental issues. Together with the students, we brainstormed themes that came up in the story and began making connections to our everyday lives. We considered how the food we eat, the businesses we patron and the decisions we make on a daily basis affect our environment. Continue Reading…

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D Roy Kennedy Public School PLC Team

Project Title:
Little Things Add Up!

Project Description:
Our PLC Team wanted to focus on how the little things add up. We wanted the students to understand that by over consuming our earth is running out of resources. During discussion, our team wanted to cover the spectrum of curriculums. We were able to create ideas for every subject taught in schools (see pg. 3). It was important for us to see how environmental education could be taught in all aspects of school. Jack Teerstra is passionate about turning his school into an eco-school. Continue Reading…

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PLC Team Burns-Mohamed (Emily Carr MS)

Project Title:
What difference are you making?

Project Description:
We wanted to focus on character education. What does it take to be a hero of peace, a hero to the community, or to the earth. We want students to focus on the positive and negative differences they are making. It’s not enough to say “are you making a difference”. We want them to be the change they want to see in the world. Continue Reading…

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PLC Team Hagen-McGrane (Metcalfe PS)

Project Title:
Food for Thought

Project Description:
Our project addressed the essential question: Where our food comes from and how can our food choices affect the system? This overall theme was explored through a video (USC’s “The Story of Food), discussions and independent research. We used an inquiry approach to ask students to follow their interests by researching any of their questions about food raised by the video. While on the computer, they also filled in a food supply chain to incorporate systematic thinking into the assignment. Continue Reading…

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Jack Donohue Public School PLC Team

Project Title:
Environmental Sustainability in the Classroom

Project Description:
This project focuses on the theme of environmental sustainability and conservation within the classroom. The big idea for this project looks at the idea of “What do “I” consume, how do “I” consume? And the long-term consequences/effects of our consumption.” The unit begins by introducing students to key terms about environmental sustainability, natural resources, energy and consumption through a KWHLC chart for a diagnostic assessment. Students will also be given the opportunity to create graffiti art showing what the already know about energy conservation. Continue Reading…

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