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

The Robertson Program works collaboratively with educators to create student learning experiences in math and science that are dynamic, imaginative, playful and aesthetically pleasing - as well as highly rigorous.
This Fall, The Robertson Program returned to Pegimagaabo and Onigaming First Nation schools in Northwestern Ontario. This is the third year of their partnership with these schools and the Seven Generations Education Institute. During this visit, the focus of the collaboration broadened beyond geometric and spatial reasoning and began including numeracy development through a visual and spatial lens. Natural Curiosity was also invited by Seven Generations Education Institute to co-develop learning around environmental inquiry with educators from Pegamigaabo and Onigaming First Nation Schools.

In November, educators from these schools visited the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS). Highlights included co-designing new spatial activities that develop numeracy skills in children, observing mathematics lessons in JICS classrooms, connecting with educators at First Nations School of Toronto (TDSB), and participating in an inquiry-based environmental science workshop led by Haley Higdon, the project lead of Natural Curiosity.

For more information on The Robertson Program, click here.

     Upcoming Webinars

We are excited to announce we are offering free webinars in partnership with Green Teacher and EECOM!
  • On Wednesday, February 1 join us for a webinar on Place-based Education with Amy Demarest from 7:30-8:30pm EST
  • 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
For more information and to register, visit
Upcoming Inquiry Institutes
A Professional Inquiry, Making Authentic Inquiry Work!

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.


EECOM’s Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication recognize contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across Canada. Nominations close on February 5, 2017.

To learn more about award categories and to nominate, visit

Climate of Change Conference

One-day professional learning conference in Environmental Education and the important work of the EcoSchools Program. Aimed at both novice and experienced K-12 teachers.
  • 2 keynote talks
  • 20 interactive workshops to choose from
For a detailed conference program and to register, click here.
Ecosource and York University will be offering four unique professional development certificate courses focused on Environmental and Sustainability Education. The program will offer hands-on learning to selected educators interested in learning about the latest tools and strategies for environmental education. All teachers are welcome.

To learn more and register for the certificate course, click here.
Superpower your School Contest

The 2017 Staples Superpower your School Contest, brought to you in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, recognizes schools that are doing their part to protect the planet. You could win 1 of 10 prizes of $25,000 worth of technology for your school.

Entries will be accepted online until January 31, 2017. For additional details and to enter, visit
Natural Curiosity: Building Children's Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry
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