Workshops, tools and resources for climate learning.

Winter 2023 virtual workshops now open for booking!

Professional learning that impacts our future.

Clean is excited to offer free professional learning opportunities for teachers and educators across Nova Scotia.  

Our virtual and in-person workshops help you integrate climate and environmental learning into your curriculum – across all subjects.  

During our workshops, you will: 

  • Gain foundational knowledge in grade-appropriate environmental education. 
  • Identify opportunities for inquiry-based cross-curricular learning, with a focus on grade-level outcomes. 
  • Reflect on how to authentically integrate Indigenous ways of knowing, including Etuaptmumk and Netukulimk.  
  • Leave with ready-to-use, hands-on, environmental and climate change learning experiences.  

Check out and sign up for our available virtual workshops, or email us to request an in-person workshop for your region or school! 

    Now open!Winter 2023 workshops

    Our Shared Planet: Virtual workshops (Winter 2023)

    Our four interactive, curriculum-aligned virtual workshops for Grade 4-6 teachers and educators will be offered throughout the 2022-23 school year. 

    Participants can take the workshops in any order. Completing all four sessions within the school year is recommended to receive the most benefit from the content and will qualify you to receive a free Classroom Resources Kit (in English or French) valued at over $300.

    Winter 2023 virtual workshops

    Winter 2023 virtual workshops are now open for registration. Sign-up now as space is limited!

    What about Weather?

    Tuesday, January 17, 6-8:00 p.m. OR Thursday, February 9, 7-9:00 p.m.

    Weather has a big impact on our daily lives – so it’s a perfect topic to engage learners in observations of the natural world! In this workshop we’ll go beyond weather probes and data collection to learn how oral stories, folklore and two-eyed seeing can help us discover weather, the water cycle and climate change through a cross-curricular lens.

    Interconnectiveness in Nature

    Tuesday, January 24, 6-8:00 p.m. OR Thursday, February 23, 7-9:00 p.m.

    We are all interconnected. In this workshop we’ll explore how topics like habitats, food webs, diversity of life and weather can be meaningfully integrated across the curriculum. Learn how two-eyed seeing, storytelling, and writing activities focused on local species and ecosystems can illuminate the connections around us. 

    Human Impacts on the Environment

    Tuesday, January 31, 6-8:00 p.m. OR Thursday, March 2, 7-9:00 p.m.

    How are humans impacting the environment? And how is the changing environment affecting our lives and communities? Knowing the answers to these questions can help create inquiry-based learning opportunities for students to build grade-appropriate, foundational knowledge needed to comprehend complex topics like climate change. Let’s level-up our climate and environmental knowledge together and learn how to bring this into the classroom.

    Solutions for Our Shared Planet

    Tuesday, February 7, 6-8:00 p.m. OR Thursday, March 9, 7-9:00 p.m.

    All around the world, people are working hard to address environmental and climate challenges. But how can grade 4-6 classrooms engage in local, age-appropriate actions as global citizens? By investigating topics like renewable energy and highlighting local success stories and change-makers, we will explore how inquiry, critical thinking and creativity contribute to problem solving and deep learning. 


    *Pick and choose sessions throughout the school year to complete the entire workshop series and become eligible to receive a materials kit (while supplies last). 
     

    Spring workshop dates will be announced in our newsletter and on our social channels.

    Our Shared Planet: In-person workshop

    Do you want to take part in an immersive and participatory two-day educational experience, collaborate with other educators and receive an Classroom Resources Kit valued over $300? Check out our two-day in-person workshops for Grade 4-6 teachers and educators!

    Very informative and opens up a wealth of learning opportunities and activities you can use immediately. Loved How the inquiry-based learning approach was defined and “modeled” throughout the workshop” – Past participant

    Upcoming workshop: Dartmouth, NS

    When? From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19, 2023.

    Where? Clean Foundation’s office at 90 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS.

    Click here to register by February 10!

    Request a workshop 

    Do you want to bring this workshop to your region? Get in touch with us to arrange an in-person workshop for your region, school or community anywhere in Nova Scotia.

    Request a workshop: professional-learning@cleanfoundation.ca

     

    Here’s what some past participants have said:

    “This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about climate change, the cross-curricular connections, and ways to help/guide students. Certainly a refreshing two days!”

    “Si vous cherchez à en apprendre au sujet du changement climatique dans un environnement convivial et engageant, cet atelier est pour vous! Vous repartirez outillés de ressources et d’idées d’activités pertinentes!”

    Empowering Your Climate Classroom: In-person workshops for Grade 7-8 teachers

    Do you want to take part in an immersive and participatory two-day educational experience, have collaboration time with other educators and leave with your own lesson plans ready to use in the classroom? 

    Our in-person workshop for grade 7-8 educators is available upon request! 

    Request an in-person workshop for grade 7-8 educators now!

    Meet the Facilitator

    Wil Brunner

    Growing up as the eldest of four, with a mother who was an excellent educator, Wil has been drawn to education most of his life.  

    Wil graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2008 with an Ecosystem Management Technology Diploma. A co-op placement in a grade school, summer camp and a music class set him down the path of a community-focused career where he has sought ways to teach people about the importance of living in harmony with natural world.  

    In Nova Scotia and Ontario, Will has worked to educate and empower people though volunteer programs and environmental groups restoring and conserving local streams, wetlands and forests. He recruited students and community partners to rebuild entire floodplains and restore habitat for many species. Throughout his conservation roles, he has helped to plant thousands of trees and presented to hundreds of learners and educators.  

    Wil’s work with youth in the outdoors led him to guiding back-country wilderness trips with a focus on personal growth and connection to nature. He used his growing knowledge of mental health, ecology and mindfulness to inspire and support teens in the first stages of rehabilitation. Wil has also worked as an Educational Assistant, supporting youth with empathy and empowerment. He now resides in the Annapolis Valley and offers forest bathing and nature therapy experiences to people of all ages, alongside his role as Environmental Education PD Facilitator with Clean. 

    FAQ

    Q: Is there financial support to cover subs for educators attending the in-person workshops?

    A: Upon request, Clean will work with your school to partially cover the cost of a substitute teacher.

    Q: Are these workshops only available for science educators?

    A: No! These workshops are open to educators of all subjects. There will be opportunities for cross curricular learning across all subjects.

    Q: Will there be other workshops focused on other grade levels?

    A: Yes! Stayed tuned as we continue to develop workshops for other grades. To stay up to date with this program, continue to check this webpage, watch our social media and sign up for our newsletter.

    Q: Are the workshops offered in French?

    A: Yes! Our Winter series of workshops will be offered bilingually, depending on the needs of educators in attendance of each session. All workshop slide decks, hand-outs and Clean resources will be available in French in the Winter series. Our French Learning Kit contains many translated book titles as well as alternative French resources where available. 

    Please send any additional questions to professional-learning@cleanfoundation.ca

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