Environment and Sustainability Workshops
The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that
aim to develop skills to address social justice issues within our
classrooms and school communities. The following workshops are available
for booking through the BCTF.
To request these or other Social Justice workshops for a
school-based, local, or regional professional development day or School
Union Representative Training (SURT) day, click on the "Book this
Workshop" link below the workshop description on the
BCTF Social Justice and Global Education Workshops page.
Teaching Green: Integrating Environmental Justice Issues Across the Curriculum
(90 minutes to all day)
This workshop has five modules: Creating
Climate Heroes, Food Security, Water Rights,Sustainable
Resource Use, and Sustainable
Transportation. Please see module descriptions below for further
details. Choose one or more. Available for K–12.
Climate Heroes (3 hours)
will consider barriers to teaching about the climate change emergency and
develop solutions to overcome these barriers. Teachers will also learn
strategies to support students in using critical thinking skills to approach
climate change through a solutions based approach. (new name for Climate Justice)
Food Security (75–120
explore food security and food sovereignty issues and their social justice
impacts, locally and globally through activities that can be applied in their
classrooms. They will take an inventory of local food security issues, and then
consider local food security and its cultural intersections. The final step
will be to create an action plan designed to ensure food security for the
Rights (90–120 minutes)
the global water crisis through a social justice lens, participants will
explore the connections between water access/water privatization issues, human
rights, and social justice. Through an inquiry model, teachers will consider
how water resource conservation issues are relevant in the classroom, the community,
nationally and globally. The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers
to explore water rights teaching resources and to develop a plan to support
students in taking concrete actions.
Resource Use (90–120 minutes)
This workshop introduces strategies to
support students in exploring the social, economic and environmental impacts of
exploiting our natural resources. Participants will consider how to
successfully bring this topic into their classrooms by using techniques to
discuss controversial issues. The workshop introduces a number of teaching
resources and explores ways to link them to the revised curriculum.
Transportation (45–60 minutes)
Participants will explore strategies to support their students in examining how
transportation of goods and people has changed over time, the consequences of
these changes, and the intersections between transportation and social justice.
The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers to explore sustainable
transportation teaching resources and to ways to link them to the revised