Making The Shift is a monthly newsletter to share stories, resources, and ideas around environmental education through inquiry-based learning. Let's collaborate!
Laboratory School's Teaching Approach

The educators from the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (JICS) contributed to the Ministry of Education’s online resource The Learning Exchange. This is a resource for educators to share rich, research-based content in consultation with the Student Achievement Division of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Learn about Knowledge Building and Inquiry-Based Learning by watching the videos here

Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study honours pre-service and in-service Ontario Elementary school teachers for their excellence in Environmental Inquiry each year. Every award recipient is not only celebrated by a community of colleagues, but is resourced to continue the work that they are doing.

Nominations close on March 31, 2017. Apply today for either the Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship Award or the Edward Burtynsky Award!

For more information and to apply for an award, click here.
     Upcoming Webinars

We are excited to announce we are offering free webinars in partnership with Green Teacher and EECOM!
  • On Monday, February 20, join us for a webinar on the power of positive, inspiring solutions with Guy Dauncey from 7:30-8:30pm EST
  • On Monday, March 27, join us for a webinar on Environmental Education in digital technology with Justin Hougham and Steve Kerlin from 7:30-8:30pm EST
For more information and to register, visit
Upcoming Inquiry Institutes

Who should attend?
  • Kindergarten and Elementary teachers of all grades who wish to explore how authentic inquiry is being applied to address expectations in social studies, science, language, and other subjects.
  • School administrators and system leaders who wish to support transformative inquiry-based learning.
Winnipeg, MB - April 5 to 6, 2017 (flyer)
Peterborough, ON - April 20 to 21, 2017 (flyer)
Burlington, ON - May 15 to 16, 2017 (flyer)

For more information and to register, click here.

Natural Curiosity Resources

Missed a newsletter? Check out the archives here.
Read some of the articles here, and teacher stories and resources here.

If you haven't already, check out the first edition of Natural Curiosity, available in English and in French here.

EECOM's EE Conference

May 18-21, 2017
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Explore and share how innovative learning inspires a deeper connection to nature, more sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods, resilient communities while supporting a life-giving planet. More than 125 workshops are scheduled with a focus on hands-on, interactive learning. 

For more information and to register, click here.

Indigenous Education Newsletter

Listen & Learn is a free, monthly email newsletter for educators about Indigenous Education by Dr. Angela Nardozi.

The purpose of Listen & Learn is to inspire teachers to incorporate Indigenous content in their curriculum, share resources and ideas, and create a space for different stories and voices.

View the first issue here:

The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Earth Day Canada recognize and celebrate Canada’s environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. Heroic candidates can win one of five awards. Nominate here by February 28, 2017.


Join NAAEE for the "Decolonizing Environmental Education: Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples" webinar with Angela Mooney D'Arcy on Tuesday, February 28 at 3pm EST.

For more information and to register, click here.

Natural Curiosity: Building Children's Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry
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