News from Alberta
ATA — Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council
2009 Conference – One World: Infinite Diversity
April 24-26, 2009
Parks Canada Palisades Stewardship Education Centre
Jasper National Park , Alberta
Registration information: http://www.geoec.org/conference/registration.html
Memorial Composite High School in Stoney Plain, Alberta has awarded the 2008 Robert Twerdoclib
Scholarship for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy to Jeff Vatamaniuck.
News from Ontario
The Ministry of Education will be hosting an Environmental Education
Symposium on February 25-26, 2009 in Toronto. Based on the recommendations of
the report, Shaping our Schools, Shaping our Future, the Ministry has
commissioned an Environmental Education Strategy as well as the writing of exemplary units
of study. Geography teachers, as leaders in teaching environmental issues and stewardship
in the province, will be presenting their ideas and methodologies at the conference.
The Ontario Teachers Federation will be hosting an Environmental
Education weekend on February 27-28, 2009 at Bark Lake Outdoor Education Centre.
Representatives of OAGEE (Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Education)
and OGCA (Ontario Geography Consultants’ Association) will attend to continue the
dialogue about greening the Ontario curriculum.
This year marks the beginning of the review of the Geography curriculum, formerly revised
in 2004. Groups of teachers, university and college faculties will be invited to a number
of forums over the next few months, sponsored by the subject associations. These meetings
will provide the opportunity for participants to share their ideas about what should stay
in the curriculum and what should be changed. This process will occur over a two year period.
The OAGEE Spring Conference will take place on May 1-2, 2009 in New
Liskeard/Cobalt area of Northern Ontario. Highlights of this field based conference will
be the Cobalt mine, Haileybury School of Mines and Little Clay Belt.This Spring Conference
is always field-based and takes Geographers back to their roots.
For information on any of the above items, please contact CCGE’s Ontario Representative,
Ethel Johnston, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
News from Saskatchewan
March 5-6, 2009
Conference Theme: The Era of New Curricula: Navigating the Change
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For the registration form and more information,
go to http://ssc.stf.sk.ca/scss/conference.html.
News from Quebec
The 2009 AQEUS Conference
The next conference of the Québec Association for the Social Universe Course will
take place in the Château Bromont in Bromont in the Eastern Townships region on Friday
and Saturday, 16 and 17 October 2009. The AQEUS regroups all Québec Social Universe
teachers (Economy, Geography and History).
“World of Images”, a new website of the CCDMD (Collegial Centre for Educational
Materials Development), a centre for the production of computerized resources and printed
documents established for the use of teachers and students, has just set up the Internet
site entitled “World of Images”. The site offers a collection of much needed
copyright-free photos to produce quality pedagogical material. The CCDMD had already set
up “Le Québec en images”, an Internet site regrouping photos of Québec.
The bank of Québec photos also answered the overwhelming need to access copyright-free
photos to produce pedagogical material.
The new “World of Images” site can be found at http://www.ccdmd.qc.ca/monde/?lang=en.
As far as the “Le Québec en images” site, the address is: www.ccdmd.qc.ca.
Geographic Education ‘Live’ to your classroom!
One of Canada’s most popular ‘live’ educational adventures
is back for elementary schools through a partnership between the Royal Canadian Geographic
Society, Canadian Council for Geographic Education and CanaTREK. This year students can participate
in CanaTREK’s learning program planned for May, 2009. There are two climbs currently
under consideration: Nunavut Barbeau
Peak on Ellesmere Island and an expedition to the top of British Columbia
on Fairweather Mountain.
Educational emphasis is on geography, environment, nutrition, health and fitness,
team building, and technology. There will be a small group of schools selected that will
be able to go ‘live’ with the expedition both in video and audio conferences.
For more information, go to www.cangeoeducation.ca/ccge/english/cantrek2009.asp.
Make Change Happen!
Have you ever wanted to take action on something you feel strongly
about? Join us Wednesday, April 15 at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario for the Roots & Shoots:
Youth 4 Action Workshop.
This day-long event (8:45 am to 3:00 pm) for students aged 13 to 18 will explore relevant
topics and give you a road map to making change happen.
Workshop sessions will be facilitated by professors at Algonquin and local experts, and
will cover topics ranging from climate change to endangered species, to consuming responsibly.
There will also be sessions on how to effectively spread your message using tools such as
photography, video and the internet.
Roots & Shoots is the global youth network of the Jane Goodall Institute, inspired
by the work of world-famous primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Dr. Jane Goodall.
If you can’t attend in person, join us online to hear Dr. Jane’s inspirational
words via live webcast.
CHANGE IS IN YOU!
For more information please visit: www.rootsandshoots.ca