Never before have the demands placed on education been greater. As the world’s population nears the 7.5 billion mark and environmental limits are being exceeded, educational practice needs to change to better prepare citizens to address the rising economic social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. This requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for a sustainable future.
LSF has developed a series of professional development tools to assist educators in implementing transformative learning and teaching in their classrooms. These include:
- Empowering Learners in a Warming World is an online, cross-curricular climate change inquiry guide for teachers in grades 7-12. In the nine chapters of this guide, climate change is explored through a multidisciplinary lens, moving away from the narrow view of climate change isolated to the science curriculum.
- Connecting the Dots: Key Strategies that Transform Learning for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability presents a systems perspective of learning that can help all educators transform learning experiences to meet the needs of 21st Century learners.
- Engaging Students in Successful Action Projects (ESSAP) Guide provides a 11 step guide to undertaking action projects through experiential, authentic, relevant, meaningful activities that motivate students and cater to different learning styles.
- Protecting our Sacred Water provides tools for educators and youth program facilitators to help youth choose and carry out an action project through the integration of FNMI ways of knowing.
- Education for Sustainable Development Professional Learning Modules provide educators with power point presentations and facilitator guides to help present the concepts and issues related to education for sustainable development.