JOIN with progressive educators in this highly interactive session to review the SS curriculum grades 7 - 12 with a focus on integrating ‘socio-ecological’ lessons to address climate justice issues. Results will be shared with everyone. Participants will also explore pedagogical approaches and free online learning resources to help students develop critical thinking skills and take action on climate change, environmental justice, biodiversity loss, public health, and other UN Sustainable Development Goals. Come prepared to share resources and stories!
Discover how Student Leadership for Change (SLC), an online library of free, teacher-designed learning resources, can help you engage your students in authentic learning, while fulfilling the new Ministry guidelines. Explore pedagogical approaches to empower your students to interact, connect, understand, and respond to global issues through an approach aligned with the First Peoples Principles of Learning. The SLC solutions-oriented approach combines online research with local activities and personal actions to help students connect global issues to local solutions. SLC highlights the intersections between social and environmental issues, and helps students maintain a connection with the self, family, nature, and their community.
In keeping with the “The Power of Story” theme, this workshop will build on BTCEA’s experiences conducting climate storytelling workshops and mentorship for students across BC over the last three years. Studies show that personal storytelling is a novel approach to reducing the adverse effects of climate anxiety and developing resilience. Creating and sharing stories can convey emotions, promote mutual understanding and empathy towards others’ lived experiences, increase agency and hope, and foster supportive networks. Participants will learn how storytelling can be integrated into climate education and action. The workshop will feature stories of Indigenous youth and climate activists, and enable participants and facilitators alike to share their own stories of teaching and taking action on climate change.
Middle School and High School Teachers
George Radner is the Executive Director at Be The Change Earth Alliance, a charity that delivers environmental and social justice education in British Columbia high schools. He also co-leads a climate storytelling workshop program at the University of British Columbia Climate Hub that seeks to combat the paralyzing effects of eco-anxiety. George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Honours Economics from UBC, and has been passionate about social, environmental and climate justice from a young age. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish peoples.