Archive for February 8, 2017

Climate change and education

I am sure your school libraries are full of student resources on environmental issues like climate change. Here are a couple of recent resources for you the teacher/school:

A UNESCO document titled Getting Climate-Ready – A Guide For Schools On Climate Action [PDF]. From page 4:

“Do you want to help create a healthier, fairer, more environmentally sustainable society? Do you want to empower children and young people to do the same? Do you want to make your school more climate-friendly? If so, this guide is for you!

The guide is organized in four parts.

Part 1, which you are now reading, explains why you and your school should take on a whole-school approach to climate action.

Part 2 outlines how your school can plan, put into practice, and evaluate your own strategies and visions for reducing climate change.

Part 3 provides six guidelines that suggest how to concretely include climate action in your school governance, teaching and learning, campus and facility management, and partnerships with the community. The guidelines are accompanied by examples showing how schools around the world are taking action.

At the end of this guide, in Part 4, you will find a table to help you monitor action in the thematic areas along the six guidelines.”

The Global Digital Citizen Foundation has posted an article 8 Powerful Lessons for Teaching Students about Global Warming (author> Ross Crockett).

Also: check out these lesson plans made available by Canadian Geographic (scroll to bottom of page); Nunavut Climate Change Centre; Fraser Institute (go figure!) on Understanding Climate ChangeClimate Change Resources For Teachers May 2014 (

Check ’em out, Rowan

February 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Twitter chats: ELLs & limited schooling; Literacy and critical literacy

Welcome to the @ELLontario twitter chat. It is a learning tool that will inspire educators of English language learners (ELLs) through the sharing of innovative ideas and strategies that support their students.  Join us for our next twitter chat on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30-8:30 pm EST and  use the hashtag, #ELLontario. 

Feb 27: Twitter Chat: Critical Literacy in a Time of Alternative Facts

Welcome to the @LiteracyON twitter chat. We are using this tool to inspire educators of Literacy K – 12 through the sharing of innovative ideas, strategies and resources that support their students. Join us for our next twitter chat on Monday, February 27 at 7:30-8:30pm EST using the hashtag #LiteracyON.

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