Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms Programme 2018

Join hundreds of other teachers working in Scotland who have participated in the Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course and are now eligible to apply for funding for overseas partnership projects and continuing to work towards GTCS Professional Recognition for Learning for Sustainability.  

There are now more opportunities to take part in this fully funded course with both blended learning (face to face sessions and online coursework) and fully online courses available until June 2018. This is an opportunity to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills are required and how this might look in your school context. Connecting with Curriculum for Excellence and the National improvement Framework it will enable you to plan and implement LfS approaches in your classroom and school.

Dates for training

  • Edinburgh – 9 week course, Begins Saturday 13 January and ends Saturday 17 March 2018
  • For more information and to book your place, click HERE.
  • Stirling – 8 week course, Begins Saturday 27 January and ends Saturday 24 March 2018:
  • For more information and to book your place, click HERE.
  • Online Course –10 week course. Begins Friday 19 January to Friday 30 March 2018.
  • For more information and to book your place, click HERE.

For more information please email Abi Cornwall

UN Sustainable Development Goals -CLPL event for schools

Monday 6 November,10am – 3pm

Edinburgh City Chambers

JOIN US and explore how to effectively embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into your work. Like all of our events, we combine practical ‘hands on’ guides, workshops, discussions, presentations, sharing best practicing sessions and lots of opportunities to network.  At this event we will:

  • provide an introduction to the SDGs and Scotland’s communities’ and schools’ response so far,
  • explore how communities and schools can effectively work together to respond to learning for sustainability and the SDGs.
  • Share our Members’ work in short presentations known as pecha kucha sessions
  • Give Members an opportunity to contribute to a lunchtime ‘market place’

Through workshop discussions we will work together to identify the knowledge, training and other requirements to increase understanding and action on the SDGs in Scotland’s communities and schools.

A programme and further information will be available soon. This is likely to be a popular event so we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment.  There is a fee of £20 to cover the cost of all refreshments. Please contact Abi Cornwall if you do not have a source of funding to cover this cost.

Book your place by 31 October 2017: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taking-action-on-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals-across-communities-and-schools-tickets-38633758612

Global Learning Partnerships 2018 – Apply NOW

Are you passionate about teaching?  Do you want to be involved in the something that will energise you, inspire you, challenge your perceptions and even take you out of your comfort zone?  Are you ready to accept the learning experience of a lifetime?  If the answer is a resounding yes, then Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) is the opportunity for you.

Developed in line with the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL), GLP is a high-quality, values based CLPL programme delivered over a total of 36 days, spread across 18 months.  As part of the programme you will take part in a 30-day summer placement working alongside educators in Rwanda or Uganda to gain an insight into a new culture and education system and provide you with an informed context for teaching global education and LfS.  Throughout your GLP journey, you will be exposed to authentic first-hand learning experiences which develop your resourcefulness, resilience, communication and problem-solving skills.

GLP is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland, from early years through to secondary, and to GTCS practitioners who support the development and delivery of education within local authority departments.

If you are interested, please go to our website for more details (www.glpscotland.org.uk) or contact Kelly Work at glp@thewoodfoundation.org.uk.

Application will be accepted until midnight on Thursday 30th November 2017.

British Council: LfS Connecting Classrooms Course

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Glasgow: 14 January – 18 March (Venue TBC)

Edinburgh: 21 January – 25 March 2017 Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Oban: 22 April – 25 June 2017 (bookings not yet open, please register interest)

This professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with 
what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in the your school context. Connecting directly with Curriculum for Excellence, involvement will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability approaches in your school.

This programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a ten week period which includes two full day face to face sessions at the beginning and at the end of the period, supported by fortnightly inputs from online materials.

Teachers who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for overseas study visits to partner schools in other countries. Learning can be used to strengthen international links at your school, enriching teaching and learning through partnerships and joint projects.

The professional learning is fully funded.

For more information on the Glasgow course, including what is involved and how to book please click HERE.

For more information on the Edinburgh course, including what is involved and how to book please click HERE.

If you would like to be included on the mailing list for future courses in other Scottish locations, please email Abi Cornwall.   

 

Global citizenship bus is coming your way

DGC flyerThe Global Citizenship Education Roadshow is coming to a venue near you during September.

There will be events for teachers, and a celebration of global citizenship at the Scottish Parliament.  The Roadshow will also be visiting the Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC in Glasgow.

Attached below is a programme of the special events planned, please contact your local Global Learning Centre or email Fiona at GCevents@ideas-forum.org.uk for further details.

Please forward the attached flier onto your contacts and we hope to see you at one of the Roadshow events!  Teachers can also find details of additional global citizenship professional development by visiting the global citizenship online calendar.

Download IDEAS GC Roadshow Flier

Beyond the Panda Education Programme

PandaThe RZSS Beyond the Panda education programme aims to provide children with an understanding of China, its language, geography, habitats, flora and fauna and in particular learn about the giant panda and the RZSS China/UK research.

Beyond the Panda travels to schools across Scotland in our new vehicle kindly donated by Arnold Clark. We provide a combination of outreach sessions, teacher training and ‘panda boxes’ for loan. The boxes are filled with games, jigsaws and other fun activities which stimulate learning and classroom discussions. The learning resources enable students to investigate, study and explore a variety of topics within the overall context of giant pandas and China; linking with CfE experiences and outcomes in science, topical science, social studies, language and literacy. With the generous funding from the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh our programmes also provide an introduction to the learning of Mandarin Chinese.

Sandie Robb, RZSS Senior Education Officer, said: “The RZSS Beyond the Panda is a fantastic and truly unique outreach learning experience. Through the China Mobile Library, students are able to learn about Chinese history, geography, culture and language as well as about giant pandas and the conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The children really enjoy the educational games, whilst learning at the same time. The RZSS Beyond the Panda allows us to inspire the next generation of nature conservationists.”

Miss MacDonald, St. Peter’s RC Primary, said: “After doing the panda box activities with three classes, I can really see the positive impact it had on children’s learning. All classes were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and when speaking with the children after they completed the tasks, they could tell me lots of things that they had learned.”

In addition, classes who wish to progress further in the Beyond the Panda programme are able to work towards a Pambassador Class Award at bronze, silver and gold levels.

See Beyond the Panda in action –

On the road with Beyond the Panda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxcO0ohbZE

RZSS China Mobile Library

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DmB8Yk5yQ

 

Contact Sandie Robb for further information:

srobb@rzss.org.uk

@Sandie_Robb #BeyondthePanda

Volunteering for sustainability

ProjectTrustLogoB200Project Trust is now welcoming applications from those leaving school in 2017 who are interested in becoming Global Volunteers.

Project Trust’s aims are to “empower young people to be confident, creative and resilient through a challenging volunteering experience overseas.  Acting as responsible citizens and effective contributors, volunteers make a positive difference to their overseas host communities and share their learning and understanding when they return home. ”

From the charity’s home on the Hebridean island of Coll, Project Trust selects around 300 young people from across the UK for 8 – 12 month teaching, social care and outward bound projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

“Project Trust gives young people the opportunity to explore the world whilst making a real contribution to the global community. … you don’t just see a place but become part of it.”

Lucy Hughes (Cambodia volunteer)

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Working and living in challenging environments within communities around the world, offers volunteers an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of various global issues.  Through Project Trust’s Global Citizenship programme, returned volunteers also share their experiences and knowledge with schools across the UK. Volunteers can receive an accreditation of a Level 3 Foundation Year in Global Volunteering and Citizenship as formal recognition of their learning.

Volunteering overseas with Project Trust is open to all young people with the desire, motivation and aptitudes required to succeed.  A bursary fund has recently been established to provide financial assistance to volunteers who may require extra support.

To find out more visit http://www.projecttrust.org.uk

To organise a visit from a Project Trust representative to talk to S5/6 pupils, contact Claire.Jennings@projecttrust.org.uk

More ways to learn about the Global Goals

Worlds_largest_lesson_In the week that the Scottish Government joins UNICEF in launching the World’s Largest Lesson, more schools have been sharing their learning around the Global Goals. One such school is Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh, who have been blogging about their journey to become a ‘Rights Respecting School’. Click here to find out how learners have been raising the profile of Goal 1 – No Poverty and Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities. Keep up the good work Sciennes learners and bloggers!

LfS national practitioner network launched

The first meeting of the Learning for Sustainability national practitioner network took place on Friday 30th October. Practitioners representing nineteen different local authorities worked alongside partner organisations (including Keep Scotland Beautiful, WOSDEC, LfS Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland) during a very productive day of conversation, sharing and planning. Class teachers, faculty and department heads, principal teachers, head teachers, depute heads, curriculum support officers and child development officers got together to share some of the fantastic work already taking place.

The wealth of experience and commitment to LfS was wholly evident, as was the enthusiasm and determination of delegates to ensure that their efforts have an impact in their local authorities and beyond. Comments on the LfS Newsfeed included:

pract walls“Loved hearing about all the excellent LfS projects going on across Scotland…inspiring stuff! Looking forward to collaborating with like minded people to spread the good work more widely.”

Great to share practice and successes across different sectors. Need to identify gaps and future opportunities for Learning for Sustainability (LfS) to ensure we keep the momentum going.”

Great morning so far at the LfS practitioners network. Lots of really inspiring work going on all across Scotland!”

The full range of discussions, approaches and resources shared can be found in the LfS professional learning community . However, the list below picks out some of the tasks that network members are planning to take forward through a process of collaboration and co-creation:

  • Getting started : LfS whole school strategic approaches in the secondary school
  • Professional review and development resource: getting the most out of LfS in the standards
  • Progression and transitions: programmes of support to build on LfS successes
  • LfS in National Qualifications
  • Progression in secondary using the John Muir Award
  • Planning and progression in ASL sector
  • Using new GLOW functionality (Delve) to organise curricular resources
  • LfS-specific Resource Calendar
  • Outdoor learning skills progression

Please join in the discussions if you are keen to be part of this process. If your local authority is not already represented on this network, please contact Anthony.Hutcheson@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk  for further information.

 

 

Refugees facing winter freeze

A common refrain over the weekend of the clocks going back is that we can have “an extra hour in our bed.” As we prepare for the transition from autumn to winter, pictures emerging from Associated Press’ twitter feed show drone photography of a continuing stream of refugees heading through the Balkan countryside. For them, just one hour in their own bed in the face of dropping temperatures and increasingly complex arrangements for finding sanctuary, is a forlorn hope.

Meanwhile, the UNHCRC are warning of an increasing polarisation in the views of Europeans in their response to the refugee crisis. The head of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, has spoken out on the distinct possibility of refugees “freezing to death”.

GLP-S editMany educators will already have found ways of engaging pupils with the refugee crisis (See previous post on IDEAS network resources). For others, however there may not yet have been the time or opportunity.

This Thursday, SCOTDEC is offering a practical session aiming to provide ideas, methodologies and resources for teachers to explore the refugee crisis . This session will be co-delivered with the British Red Cross. You can sign up here.

Christian Aid have also produced an assembly resource Christian_Aid_Logo_svgwith speaker notes and accompanying PowerPoint that may provide a helpful way in to discussing the issue as a whole class/ school. You can access the resources here.