Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

UPLIFT: A travel show at the frontlines of social and environmental challenges


UPLIFT is a travel show following hosts Barnabe and Nisha as they discover countries and cultures at the frontlines of social and environmental challenges, and meet the community builders, artists, activists, social entrepreneurs and innovators working on solutions. Visit http://www.upliftfilms.org for more details.

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

Finale in DGPE Seminar Series 2012-2013
Wednesday February 20, 2013 — 1:00 to 2:30pm
(Location to be determined; Seminar is part of the Teaching Choices Symposium)

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? As public awareness grows around the sociocultural, ecological and economic implications of global, transnational food corporations, we are witnessing a social movement here in Canada and abroad around a revitalization of Continue Reading…

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Students & educators as activists – Exploring social & ecological justice

DGPE Seminar Series 2012-2013
Wednesday, October 17th 12:00 to 12:50pm (LMX 451)

How do we as educators create learning opportunities with our students to enact positive social and ecological change? How can new teachers mobilize youth toward social and ecological justice? Through a conversation-style format, seminar participants will explore the idea, roles and tensions of students and educators as ‘activists,’ as well as examine Continue Reading…

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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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Imagine Being Me

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice & Individuals with Disabilities…
Imagine Being Me by Jennifer Lim Yan Cheung. Thanks to Jennifer for sharing the lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Students will explore the concept of disability, not as an individual flaw or problem but as something that is partly created by the world we live in. In addition, students will learn that disabilities are not shortcomings or sad but something that celebrates individuality and difference. It is important for students to be exposed to the topic of disabilities in order to reduce the stigma and discomfort that is asociated with people with disabilities.

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Global Awareness: Floods in Pakistan

New Lesson Plan on International Development and Social Justice!
Global Awareness: Floods in Pakistan by Meghanne Kessels. Thank you to Meghanne for sharing your lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The themes of Social Justice and International Development will be explored through the recent floods in Pakistan. In groups of two, students will write and perform a monologue or scene from the perspective of a Pakistani child. There is the option of developing this project into a fundraiser for the Pakistan Flood Relief.

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Meaningful Gifts

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice, Human Rights & Poverty!
Meaningful Gifts by Rosalie Emery. Thanks to Rosalie for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Meaningful Gifts allows students to practice mathematical skills using whole numbers up to 1000 while doing an activity that is both relevant and realistic. After problem solving in small groups, the students will have the opportunity to purchase items (school supplies, sheep, chickens, etc.) from the World Vision catalogue that can be used to help children struggling with poverty. Finally, students will have the opportunity to share their rationale behind their chosen items.
Note: This lesson also includes a cross-cultural dimension on Human Rights which can be expanded into a unit. Students will discover how some children in other cultures/countries live in poverty, what that means, and how we can help. There is an emphasis on social justice by promoting discussion about issues such as equality, gender and human rights.

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What’s Your Name?

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice, Acceptance and Inclusion!
What’s Your Name? by Kherta Mohamed. Thank you, Kherta for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The intent of this lesson is to inspire students to develop/enhance their capacity for empathy. By reading The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, students will begin to understand the importance of being accepting of and learning from cultural difference. Sharing their thoughts in a talking circle will allow students the opportunity to identify situations in their own lives where they have been new to a city or country and have experienced similar feelings of fear and uncertainty as those of Unhei, the main character. This story offers teachers to incorporate issues of social justice, acceptance and inclusion into their classroom discussions. The story builds upon the idea that young students can and do have the agency to spur positive change in their own lives and the lives of others through their social interactions. The lesson culminates with an arts-based activity in which students make their own name stamps using a variety of materials they have brought from home.

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How Would You Feel?

New Lesson Plan!
How Would You Feel?
By Kate Devine

Thank you, Kate for submitting your lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

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