The National Geographic Educator Certification Program is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Don’t just teach students about the world—teach them how to change it! This session will be delivered by Canadian Geographic Education, National Geographic's Canadian counterpart, and is grounded in education standards and competencies relevant to geography, science, art, history and social science. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and will be connected with National Geographic for the completion of Phases 2 and 3 post-conference.
Michelle Chaput is the Director of Education for Canadian Geographic Education, the education committee of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Michelle oversees the development and dissemination of Can Geo Education's bilingual, curriculum-compliant and geography-focused programs, and drives collaborations with regional and national organizations that are equally passionate about promoting geographic literacy, spatial awareness and sustainable living in Canada. She is a biogeographer who grew up on a small cattle farm in Pakenham, Ont., and enjoys finding intersections between geography, science and art in her work, as well as in her everyday life!