Making The Shift is a monthly newsletter to share stories, resources, and ideas around environmental education through inquiry-based learning. Let's collaborate!
  
Welcome Back!
 
We hope you have all had a wonderful summer full of rest, fun, and your own adventures outdoors. It's amazing to think that September has come and gone, much like the leaves on the trees this fall season. As the air gets crisp and cool, and the environment continues its yearly changes, it's the perfect time to explore your local neighbourhood! We look forward to joining with you this year as we celebrate and dive deeper into Environmental Inquiry in classrooms across the country.

Summer Institutes of Professional Learning
 
                          
This summer Natural Curiosity partnered with Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) to facilitate inquiry-based institutes of professional learning. We learned alongside educators and enthusiasts from all over the world, eager to deepen their understanding and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning. More workshops will be implemented throughout the school year - keep connected with us to receive upcoming dates and locations!

"I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the inquiry process because I was directly experiencing it in the institute."

"Using the professional inquiry approach in the LSF/NC institute was enlightening. You feel safe, included and respected."

"The chance to work with the facilitators and everyone who came to the session was inspiring."

"It was the best learning experience for Inquiry-based learning. I am now clear and more comfortable implementing inquiry while incorporating nature."


Natural Curiosity Around the World! 
  
Fans of NC at Centro Paraguaya de Studio Canadienses in Paraguay invited Richard Messina to give a workshop on Environmental Inquiry. 

In the Calgary Area? 
Our first workshop of the 2015-2016 school is open for registration!

All Hands in the
Dirt Forum

Evergreen Brickworks

This is a two-day annual forum that explores new ideas and innovations in children’s outdoor learning spaces, drawing participants into a conversation with leaders in the fields of school ground design and programming. Participants will walk away with concrete tools and loads of inspiration for connecting the children in their communities to nature. Register HERE!

In the News - Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School 
“There’s a strong philosophy of teaching children to ask questions, not for children to get information but to develop their own theories.”
Inquiry Video on LearnTeachLead
Carol Stephenson, the SK teacher at Jackman ICS, is featured on the LearnTeachLead website talking about how all ideas are improvable. "The idea is, no matter what you do you can always do better, that we can always improve, especially if we are responsive to what other people do and what other people suggest."
Do you know someone who you think is an EcoKids Champion? Earth Day Canada is looking for recommendations for Champions in your community. Nominate a teacher, parent, or neighbour! 
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