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FMPSD Environmental Stewardship

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Erin Keca

on 3 March 2016

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Transcript of FMPSD Environmental Stewardship

What are
students saying?

What does the research say?
Learning Strategies for Environmental Education
How is FMPSD doing with environmental stewardship?
Elbow Partner Time:
Green Scene Mission:

To support, educate, motivate and champion the cause of environmental stewardship in our schools, our district and our community.
A closer look at what's already happening in FMPSD
Spring 2015 FMPSD Environmental Resource Map
Environmental Stewardship in FMPSD
Learn Locally
Why do we need to be environmental stewards
In June, 196 FMPSD staff completed an environmental audit.
Reflect with a partner - What are your school's current environmental practices?
Please welcome students from Westwood High School,
École Dickinsfield and École McTavish
Recommendation of how and where to use it
Introduce children to source reduction
generate discussion about packaging reduction, buying used items, reusing bags and containers...
Curriculum Connections:
Kindergarten - Science & SS
Grade 1 - SS
Grade 3 - SS
Grade 4 - Science & SS
Now What?
Recommendation of how and where to use it
students can identify questions that must be addressed if they are to better understand the causes and consequences of the freshwater crisis
these questions then become the framework for their investigation
a number of related R4R resources are available to support that investigation
Curriculum Connections:
Grade 8 Science
Recommendation of how and where to use it
Curriculum Connections:
useful addition to any unit or discussion that relates to reducing our ecological footprint
while viewing the program, students could be charged with identifying the different ideas and practices presented
after viewing, students could develop a program to implement some of the suggestions in their school, home and/or community.
Grade 4 Science
Imagine the possibilities...
academically out performed their peers who didn't participate

had reduced discipline and classroom management issues
showed increased engagement and enthusiasm for learning
took greater pride and ownership in their accomplishments
A study on embedding environment education into curriculum instruction showed these students:
Rainwater Harvesting
the community becomes the classroom
experiences are right out the school door
involve natural, built and cultural environments
Integrate Learning
develop many skills
develop deep understandings
Act on Learning
support learners in applying their learning in the community through:
service learning
modeling sustainability
Make Real-world Connections
Consider Alternate Perspectives
Use Inquiry
Share the Responsibility for Learning
have students touch, feel and use real objects
make something useful
have student solve a real problem
make a product for an audience
use community partnerships
encouraging students to seek alternative perspectives supports critical thinking
inquiry based learning prepares students for real-world problem solving
develops necessary skills for lifelong learning
support students in developing self-awareness through habits of mind
teachers evolve to become facilitators, coaches and co-learners
help students develop peer collaborative learning communities
If we all do our part!
Resources for Teachers:
Curriculum for a Sustainable Future: A proposal to increase energy literacy and environmental literacy in Alberta students http://www.abcee.org/sites/abcee.org/files/Curriculum%20for%20a%20Sustainable%20Future%20July%202015_sm.pdf

Learning for a Sustainable Future - Connecting the Dots - http://lsf-lst.ca/dots

Action Eduation Resources - http://www.abcee.org/actioneducation

Resources for Rethinking - http://resources4rethinking.ca/en

Grants and awards: http://www.abcee.org/grants-contests-awards including the Emerald Foundation
How are you supporting environmental education in your school?
Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every fifteen minutes.
Photographer Chris Jordan
Emerald Day is coming to Fort McMurray on Saturday October 3rd!
Video: Eco Pods
Lieberman, G. and Hoody, L. (1998). Closing the Achievement Gap – Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. Retreived from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED428942.pdf
If you're interested in helping with this event and telling our environmental story:

email Erin Keca at erin.keca@fmpsd.ab.ca.
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