Teachers CPD

Everything you need to know about Climate and Nature and how to make a difference?

MONDAY NOV 1ST 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: AimHi are incredible science communicators. This workshop will be a taster of the 4 part live and interactive world-leading AimHi Climate & Nature course. The course equips you with the motivation, resources and knowledge needed to drive individual, collective and systemic change. The workshop is a dynamic and empowering exploration of key climate concepts. It will help you to become a more confident teacher providing you with up to date information. You will leave feeling energised and inspired.

Paul Turner Climate Change Campaigner and Educator. Paul is a Geography Teacher who developed the world's first Climate Breakdown teaching materials available for free here http://bit.ly/teachclimatetruth The resources have been downloaded more than 7000 times across the world and engage young people with the broader societal debates. Paul has helped organise a number of online events including the Big Climate Teach-In accessible here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Pzzt9d9yY . Paul's workshop will be a taster of the 4 part live and interactive AimHi Climate & Nature course. The course equips you with the motivation, resources and knowledge needed to drive individual, collective and systemic change. Find out more here https://www.aimhi.co/climate-course .

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NWCYlLGvSs2p404IQt_ZdQ

HOW TO HELP STUDENTS WITH ECO ANXIETY

TUESDAY NOV 2ND 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Force of Nature is a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. They have delivered programmes to over 1000 young people in 50 countries and are on the pulse of young people's emotions on climate change, participating in research with the Climate Psychology Alliance and Imperial College London.

Over 70% of young people feel hopeless in the face of the climate crisis, and 3 in every 4 teachers feel ill-equipped to teach on the subject.
In this workshop you’ll learn from youth experts on climate psychology and the rise of eco-anxiety. You’ll leave equipped to mobilize the mindsets of young people at school and at home, to move from climate anxiety to agency so that you can help your students to step up rather than shut down in the face of climate change.

Phoebe Hanson the Operations Director at Force of Nature. Phoebe is a climate and social justice activist passionate about the difference young people can make in the world. She’s particularly interested in the interdependent relationship between our environment and society and is always committed to taking an intersectional approach when tackling environmental problems. Alongside her work at Force of Nature, Phoebe serves as a member of Manchester's Climate Change Partnership within the youth board, and as a young curator at the Science and Industry Museum.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_exao8so3SFCH5VoNeKjnaA

HOW TO INTEGRATE OCEAN SCIENCE IN YOUR CLASSROOM

WEDNESDAY NOV 3RD 7-8pm

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Many educators understand the importance of the ocean from a climate change and biodiversity perspective. Protecting the ocean links with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and can offer new ways to connect with Global Citizenship and Development education. However, ocean science is not information that Irish teachers are commonly trained in, and thus it can be a daunting topic to teach. This session seeks to arm us with the knowledge of ‘Ocean Literacy’ - an easily accessible method for bringing the wonders of the ocean into the classroom. Marine expert, Eimear Manning, will take us through the Principles of Ocean Literacy, and show us some simple, fun, and interactive ways to incorporate ocean knowledge into any subject. Eimear has also co-created several resources for teachers on ocean topics, which she will share as links for you to download and/or print.

Eimear Manning obtained her Masters of Science in marine sustainability. She currently coordinates the marine Explorers Programme, and is the Climate Justice coordinator for the National Youth Council of Ireland. She has worked with ECO-UNESCO as their Environmental & Youth coordinator, developing and delivering a wide range of climate change related topics such as plastics, food waste, and unsustainable fashion. Finally, she is the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Mentor for Ireland as part of the Healthy Seas and Oceans Unit in the European Commission.
Eimear's speciality species is sharks. She regularly travels to Florida to live aboard a research ship while catching, tagging, and releasing sharks for research purposes. She also volunteers with the charity Sharks4kids as an educator. Eimear has seen how a changing climate has been affecting these important predators, and has dedicated her life to educating others on how they can help protect the ocean. Eimear is experienced in creating cross-curricular lesson plans and activities on the topics of ocean literacy, climate change, and climate justice. She will be sharing some of her knowledge and resources for both primary and post-primary levels. Eimear founded ‘Turn Tides’ in 2010, and is available for in-school or online workshops, CPD training, and public/private events

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hXVJ4wseSMe7YCINTOoikA
CONTACT DETAILS:
Website: www.turntides.org
Email: eimear@turntides.org or info@turntides.org
Twitter: @SchoolTheseFish

EDUCATION TO ACTION - CLIMATE LITERACY COURSE

THURSDAY NOV 4TH 5-6PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR POST-PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Education for Sustainability has been working with schools to improve climate literacy and foster behaviour change through action projects across Ireland since 2017. Founder Sue Adams will deliver a webinar for teachers of both primary and post primary schools that will provide teachers with ideas on how to embed and deliver environmental education into the curriculum and as a specialized 8 week climate literacy subject. Sue has worked with schools to create sustainability policies for Principals and she has delivered award winning action projects with students. Drawing from her experience, working with students and teachers to implement 44 plastic free schools, planting over 2000 trees, winning 7 Young Environmentalist Awards, this webinar will provide teachers with advice to help deliver effective and impactful climate education and action projects.

Sue Adams founded Education for Sustainability in 2017 as a reflection of the emerging decline of the natural world. It is her mission to ensure that the young people of today are educated about the climate crisis and that they have the knowledge, skills and tools to take action so they can be informed and empowered stakeholders for the future. With a background working and studying at Dublin Zoo, she was inspired to create interactive environmental programmes for schools that focus on improving climate literacy and fostering behavioural change through community action programmes. She won the Young Environmentalist Awards Eco Leader of the year in 2017 for her work with primary and secondary schools which lead on to her work with 44 schools supporting them to become a single-use plastic free campus. Education for Sustainability executes a variety of educational programmes such as workshops, teacher training and a transition year Sustainable Development 8 - week module. She is passionate about empowering young people to be the change that they want to see in the world through education.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_968Jf8qAQymBcsKysy_5kg

PANEL DISCUSSION: AN EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION: THE SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL

THURSDAY NOV 4TH 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Leaders in educational policy, CPD, and education for sustainability will come together in a panel discussion to discuss the crucial role that schools play in the climate and ecological emergency. Schools are preparing students for today’s society. That is a society that has caused the climate and ecological emergency. We need to give our students the education that we didn’t receive, so that they can do what we have not done, protect the natural world. Even now, many people still do not understand the magnitude of the climate and ecological emergency. Schools have a pivotal role to illuminate the challenges we face and highlight the actions that we can take. During the Climate and Nature Summit educators and students will be discussing their thoughts on an educational revolution. This panel discussion provides a space for Principals, Deputy Principals, and educators to consider how sustainability can be woven into the fabric of school life.

CHAIR: ELLA MCSWEENEY Ella McSweeney is a food and farming journalist and presenter.

PANELISTS

Valerie Lewis Educational Policy and Development Officer ETB Ireland. Valerie is an advocate of citizenship education and student engagement through active learning, inclusion, and sustainable development. Valerie uses her skills and experience in curriculum planning and the development of resources, to translate existing and new content into engaging classroom materials.
Valerie has designed the Take 1 Programme for ETB post primary students, to embed the Sustainable Development Goals in teaching and learning, at post primary level, mapping the SDGs to the learning outcomes of curriculum subjects.
www.take1programme.com
Aoife Cannon is Schools & Youth Programme Executive at SEAI since 2003. She is responsible for developing a programme which teaches children about saving energy at school and at home, sustainability in their lives and climate change. This is achieved through workshops for children and teachers, competitions, projects, and classroom-based activities. Aoife holds a degree in Business Studies & Languages, a Certificate in Environmental Education from Cornell University and is currently studying Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education at the University of Edinburgh.

In her spare time, Aoife is a founding member of Baldoyle Tidy Towns, which has a focus on Biodiversity and Sustainability. She is also passionate about cycling and kayaking and as a former Scout leader loves getting children to enjoy the outdoors.
Elaine Nevin is the National Director of ECO-UNESCO, one of Ireland's leading organisations in environmental education and education for sustainable development. She holds a BA in Geography and Political Science, an MA, a Higher Diploma in Education and has worked in the field of environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD) in both formal and non-formal settings for over 20 years.Elaine has led the development and growth of ECO-UNESCO and its range of education, training and youth programmes. These have included ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’ – a peer education and youth leadership programme for 15-18 year olds, ‘ECO-choices’ – an environmental health and well-being programme; ‘Green Pathways’ – an accredited green youth employment programme; the ‘Young Environmentalist Awards’ which recognises and rewards young peoples’(10-18) work in environmental protection through action projects and ‘Learning2Change’ – a programme of workshops, teacher training, Student Council training promoting ESD in secondary schools.  Elaine has led ECO-UNESCO’s partnership with UNESCO as a Key Partner of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) in ESD and its current international framework ESD for 2030. She is a Ministerial Appointee to the 8th EPA Advisory Committee, served as a member of the 7th EPA Advisory Committee and was a Ministerial Appointee to the 6th EPA Advisory Committee. Elaine has also written a range of education resources and has advocated for environmental education and education for sustainable development as a critical component to achieving sustainability for over 20 years. She believes engaging, educating and empowering young people is essential and that environmental education and ecoliteracy, which builds knowledge, skills, values should be a core part of our education. Elaine is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Advisory Committee for the Irish National Strategy on ESD.  For more information about ECO-UNESCO please see https://ecounesco.ie/
RACHEL O’ CONNOR is the Principal of Ramsgrange Community School in Co. Wexford since 2013. Rachel is the President of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, NAPD. She has worked as a whole-school associate for the JCT. She is a Leadership Associate for the PDST delivering on the Misneach and Comhar programmes and a mentor for Newly Appointed Principals for the Centre for School Leadership, CSL.

ESCI representative
The Education Support Centres in Ireland (ESCI) is the umbrella organisation for the National Network of Teacher/Education (Support) Centres, which comprises 21 Full-time and 9 Part-time Education Centres. Education Support Centres (ESCs) organise a varied local programme of professional learning activities for teachers, special needs assistants, ancillary staff, school management and parents to meet identified needs at school level. The local programme includes the provision of courses, training programmes, professional peer learning engagements, workshops, seminars, support groups and conferences. A significant feature of the local programme is that participants engage in these activities electively outside of school hours. On behalf of the national support services in education and the Department of Education (DE), Education Support Centres organise and facilitate the delivery of programmes for teacher professional development. Support services offer professional learning opportunities to teachers in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas. Education Support Centres provide a unique learning space, fostering collaboration which allows schools at a local level to mediate national change. The Education Support Centre in Ireland are delighted to collaborate with Fifty Shades Greener, Irish Schools Sustainability Network and Susan Adams Education for Sustainability to deliver this innovative COP26 Climate & Nature Summit and we look forward to supporting the delivery of the Teacher CPD sessions on a range of topics in sustainability.

CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENCE AND ACTION

MONDAY NOV 8TH 4-5PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Tune in for a taster of the primary summer course brought to you by Green-Schools and the Climate Ambassador Programme! The aim is simple: to empower primary teachers to confidently explore climate change as part of the curriculum and encourage climate action in school communities. First piloted in 2019, the 20-hour CPD course “Climate Change, Science & Action” has been completed by 123 Primary School Teachers in Ireland to date. We are excited to share the results with you and we also have a beautiful giant storybook for everyone in the audience!

Testimonials

“I really enjoyed both the content and layout of this course. It was thought provoking and informative. I feel in a much better place to discuss and teach about these problems in my class”.
“This course was excellent. I thought I knew quite a bit about climate change, but I learned so much more from this course. I feel really confident now to teach about climate change especially with all the resources provided in this course”. “Thank you to all involved at An Taisce. The materials were well put together and the engagement from tutors was excellent. I felt (insofar as possible remotely!) there was an excellent community spirit during the course. Even though I have engaged with climate science in my own life and teaching capacity, I found the course thoroughly beneficial and heartening”.
Gráinne is a Climate Action Officer with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit and has 8 years’ experience in developing and delivering training for Primary School Teachers in Ireland. She is passionate about increasing climate literacy in all ages and enjoys developing innovative resources, games and workshops for students and teachers. She has an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy, with a specialism in climate change, and a B.Soc.Sc. in Social Science, both from UCD.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i_jEU9EuS2-FuBR4lG1u8g
Relevant links and resources
  • https://greenschoolsireland.org/resources/
  • https://linktr.ee/greenschoolsire
  • https://climateambassador.ie/
  • https://linktr.ee/climateambassador
  • https://www.instagram.com/climateambassador/
  • https://twitter.com/climate_ambass
  • https://www.facebook.com/ClimateAmbassador

CLIMATE ACTION

TUESDAY NOV 9TH 4.30-5.30PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR POST-PRIMARY

Tune in for a crash course on climate action in secondary schools, brought to you by Green-Schools and the Climate Ambassador Programme. 963 students have participated in our climate action survey to date, and we are excited to share those results with you. We have a copy of the Climate Action Teacher Resource for everyone in the audience, and a couple decks of the infamous Cards Against Climate Change – the fun way to improve teen climate literacy.

Gráinne is a Climate Action Officer with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit and has 8 years’ experience in developing and delivering training for Secondary School Teachers in Ireland. She is passionate about increasing climate literacy in all ages and enjoys developing innovative resources, games and workshops for students and teachers. She has an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy, with a specialism in climate change, and a B.Soc.Sc. in Social Science, both from UCD.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cAwtxO2VSCCb3FhJGjR2mQ
Relevant links and resources
  • https://greenschoolsireland.org/resources/
  • https://linktr.ee/greenschoolsire
  • https://climateambassador.ie/
  • https://linktr.ee/climateambassador
  • https://www.instagram.com/climateambassador/
  • https://twitter.com/climate_ambass
  • https://www.facebook.com/ClimateAmbassador

SEAI Primary Science Resources

TUESDAY NOV 9TH 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to use the SEAI Primary Science Resources in the classroom. This one hour interactive workshop held over zoom will give you all the tools you need to teach Energy and Sustainability in the SESE curriculum. We will explain the key features of our free online resources including interactive whiteboard use, inquiry based science approaches and the spiral nature of the programme.

The session will take the following format:
  • Overview of the SEAI resources and workshops available
  • Overview of the programme and curriculum context
  • Demonstration of one of the Interactive Whiteboard resources
  • Demonstration of how the interactive whiteboard resources can be used to aid with the exploring, planning and evaluating stages of a Design and Make activity

This is an active session where participants will be encouraged to have their cameras on and interact with each other and with the facilitator through the use of Mentimeter, chat and full group discussion.

Una Halpin has been working as a facilitator with the SEAI school’s programme since 2012 delivering junior primary and senior primary pupil workshops and second level student workshops as well as teacher CPD. Una has also been involved in developing new content for workshops for all levels, has developed and delivered primary school teacher summer courses, has worked on the JCT STE(A)M in Junior cycle initiative on behalf of SEAI for the past 3 years developing teacher CPD for Junior cert teachers, has presented workshops and run activities at various conferences and events on behalf of SEAI and has most recently has been involved in adapting existing workshops and developing new resources that are suitable for online delivery.

The aim of all SEAI workshops is to engage both students and teachers with the topic of energy and climate change using practical curriculum linked hands on activities and investigations to explain the science and inspire people to make a positive contribution to tackling climate change. Una also works with Science Foundation Ireland and ESERO Ireland on the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme and is a Heritage Specialist on the Heritage in Schools scheme.

For more information about SEAI school programmes see https://www.seai.ie/community-energy/schools/
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tfJBo3eGSIymDfDQYUyhOA

ENERGY IN ACTION

WEDNESDAY NOV 10TH 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR POST-PRIMARY

Mary Gorey is a secondary science teacher in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary. Mary teaches junior cycle science and coding and senior cycle physics and chemistry. She has been designing and facilitating teacher based workshops for the SEAI since 2017. TYou can find Mary on twitter @marygorey

DESCRIPTION: This workshop introduces activities on the theme of Sustainability. The effect of carbon dioxide on our oceans is highlighted and an activity suitable for the school science lab and geography classroom will be outlined. Activities calculating the effect our food choices have on our carbon footprint will be explored. Ways of representing this data to students will be discussed. The workshop is suitable for Junior Cycle teachers, student teachers, and PMEs as it is aligned with the different junior cycle specifications and provides ideas for teaching these concepts in the classroom.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HvYdZIcrRk2_EsyYZbAKDQ

MENTORING ACTION PROJECTS IN SCHOOLS - FACILITATING YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALISTS

In this ECO-UNESCO webinar you will:
  • Explore easy and fun ways to create and nurture young environmentalists in your classroom
  • Discover how environmental programmes and actions can be delivered in your school, including sample project ideas
  • Gain insight and knowledge about environmental education from ECO-UNESCO experts
  • Learn about ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEAs), and how they can help meet your learning outcomes

THURSDAY NOV 11TH 7-8PM

CPD SUITABLE FOR POST-PRIMARY

Mary Gorey Elaine Nevin is the National Director of ECO-UNESCO, one of Ireland's leading organisations in environmental education and education for sustainable development. She holds a BA in Geography and Political Science, an MA, a Higher Diploma in Education and has worked in the field of environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD) in both formal and non-formal settings for over 20 years.

Elaine has led the development and growth of ECO-UNESCO and its range of education, training and youth programmes. These have included ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’ – a peer education and youth leadership programme for 15-18 year olds, ‘ECO-choices’ – an environmental health and well-being programme; ‘Green Pathways’ – an accredited green youth employment programme; the ‘Young Environmentalist Awards’ which recognises and rewards young peoples’(10-18) work in environmental protection through action projects and ‘Learning2Change’ – a programme of workshops, teacher training, Student Council training promoting ESD in secondary schools. Elaine has led ECO-UNESCO’s partnership with UNESCO as a Key Partner of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) in ESD and its current international framework ESD for 2030. She is a Ministerial Appointee to the 8th EPA Advisory Committee, served as a member of the 7th EPA Advisory Committee and was a Ministerial Appointee to the 6th EPA Advisory Committee.

Elaine has also written a range of education resources and has advocated for environmental education and education for sustainable development as a critical component to achieving sustainability for over 20 years. She believes engaging, educating and empowering young people is essential and that environmental education and ecoliteracy, which builds knowledge, skills, values should be a core part of our education.

Elaine is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Advisory Committee for the Irish National Strategy on ESD. For more information about ECO-UNESCO please see https://ecounesco.ie/

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6kaYP9bBTbSCLoyskHwHoQ