Empowering Students to Create Global Sustainability through Authentic Learning

In this informative and interactive workshop, participants will explore pedagogical approaches and online learning resources to help students develop critical thinking skills and engage creatively in challenging global eco-social issues such as ecological sustainability, public health, food systems and climate change. Participants will share how they are addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Content, and how they have best harnessed technology and online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft teams to deliver learning resources. 

Find out how teacher-designed educational resources can help you fulfill the new Ministry guidelines while offering your students a broad range of sustainability-oriented topics. Explore various ways to use Student Leadership in Change (SLC) learning materials and resources to help your students interact, connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet, while understanding and integrating First Peoples Principles of Learning. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share and exchange different ways they have engaged their students in real-world learning that helps students redefine their own relationship with our planet.   

The SLC approach combines online research with local activities and personal actions can help your students connect global issues to local solutions, enabling and empowering them to experience personal agency. The SLC approach includes material that can support student inquiries around 21st century relevant topics applicable for middle and secondary school social studies such as: climate change, climate justice, environmental justice and sustainable consumption. This approach highlights the intersections between social and environmental issues, and helps students maintain a connection with the self, family, nature, and the greater community. From what you learn in this workshop, you will be more equipped to inspire students to engage critically with current global issues in their homes and communities, understand global issues, and respond with local actions, while meeting the new Ministry guidelines. SLC takes a solutions-oriented approach to empower students through learning about how they can be agents of change in their communities to support local climate change, sustainable consumption and more.   

During the workshop, we will also take a look at online and in-classroom tools and strategies that you can use to teach sustainability topics, including climate change, while keeping students engaged, motivated, and empowered to make a difference. At Be the Change, we know it can be challenging to teach around topics such as sustainability, which are always evolving, and we also know it can be tricky not to overwhelm students with pressing, “scary” issues or simply repeat information they have already heard—that is why we focus on supporting and empowering both students and teachers as they interact, connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. 

Target Audience

Middle and High School Teachers


W19 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • Maureen Jack-LaCroix

    Maureen is the founder of Be the Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA), an SFU PhD candidate in Environmental Education and Social Innovation. She is an inspiring speaker, curriculum designer and environmental educator with 15 years of experience delivering engaging workshops and assemblies to mid- and high-school teachers and students. Maureen co-created the Student Leadership for Change resources and teacher aides with teacher consultants.