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Professional Networking Day for Outdoor Education teachers

Deirdre Bailey (Connect Charter), Jason Lindsay (Calgary Arts Academy) and David Manning (Westmount Charter)

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” 
Richard Louv -  Last Child in the Woods
In collaboration with Outdoor Education specialists from the Calgary Arts Academy and Westmount Charter, Connect Charter School (formerly the Calgary Science School) is hosting a Professional Networking Day for Outdoor Education teachers on Monday, February 3, 2014. The intent to provide an opportunity and location for Calgary and area based Outdoor Educators to connect, share their unique approach to OE programming, and extend their professional community of practice. The primary purpose of the day is to allow attendees to share elements of their practice and in return, leave the day with new resources and contacts. Our goal is to allow for collaboration and feedback from a wide range of colleagues and mentors and to allow OE teachers to broaden their professional network in order to improve practice and advance the learning of colleagues.

Discussion topics could range from specific Outdoor Education units include outdoor cooking, snow travel, compass and map reading and backpacking, to service providers and school-wide initiatives. Teachers could also bring issues or problems they are currently facing, using this networking day as a way to receive assistance or spark discussion amongst the attendees. We are hoping that a number of attendees will present for 20 - 30 mins. We have facilities for both lecture/discussion (Powerpoint, etc) style presentation as well as active exploration. The plan is to spend the morning indoors and the afternoon outdoors in the Weaselhead. We can provide projectors and internet access for those who require it. CCS will also organize lunch for those interested.

If you are interested in attending, please respond by completing the following form (linked here) no later than January 29th, 2014. A more detailed plan will be emailed to participants closer to the date.

1 comment:

Scott Petronech said...

Thank you for your leadership and enthusiasm on this topic. Your willingness to share and collaborate with other colleagues interested in this topic is greatly appreciated. I look forward to find out what happens as a result of this networking day and am excited to see that other strong leaders such as Jason Lindsay and David Manning are working with you towards this common goal.

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