\` 2018 BCSSTA Conference - October 19, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Empowering Sustainability Leadership in your Classroom

In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will explore new and exciting pedagogical and curricular tools that will engage students in inquiry-based sustainability education while addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, Curricular Competencies, and Content.

This workshop will outline various Be the Change offerings including Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) curriculum resources, Climate Action workshops and assemblies, as well as other tools and leadership opportunities for teachers and students.

Our SLS curriculum materials are turn-key resources that make it easy for teachers to meet the new Ministry guidelines while covering a big diversity of ever-evolving sustainability centered topics. SLS materials are cross-curricular and examine a variety of themes such as Climate Systems, Conscious Consumption, Health, Connection, and Conservation. These resources enable student inquiry into global sustainability issues and have been used in a wide range of courses including Science, Social Studies, Geography, Foods, Family, Leadership, Planning, Social Justice, and English. These resources would also be perfect for some of the new courses including Environmental Science and Urban Studies.

During the workshop, we will also take a look at 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 “scary” issues or simply repeat information they have already heard—that’s why we focus on supporting and empowering both students and teachers as they connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet.

Participants in select districts will also have the opportunity to sign up to have BTCEA facilitators come in to your classrooms and schools for “Climate Action” workshops and assemblies, as they are available.


Target Audience

Middle and Secondary school teacher s


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 221

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1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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  • Michael Iachetta

    Michael is a leading force for environmental sustainability in Delta where he has taught Socials Studies for 11 years. After completing his Masters of Education at UBC in Sustainability Leadership he helped found the Delta District Green Team in 2009 which has been instrumental to the establishment of Green Teams in Delta schools. Michael is also the Teacher Sponsor for the Delta Youth Sustainability Network, for the Seaquam Environmental Club, and for the Delta Student Sustainability Conferences. Before joining BTCEA's Board, Michael was on BTCEA's Educators’ Advisory Committee.