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Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

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Supporting Student Sustainability Leadership

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Course Details

This 4 hour NESA Registered course, builds capacity for teachers to support and empower their school’s student environmental leaders to effectively develop and run school and community environmental projects. Observatory Hill EEC will run this course in conjunction with a Student Sustainability Leadership Expo.

Standards addressed

6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2. 

Course content

1. Keynote: Supporting best practice sustainability leadership in schools – Examples of strategies and resources to support student sustainability projects (30 mins)

2. The DoE Sustainability Action Process (SAP) – a pedagogy for teaching sustainability (60 mins)

  • Making the case for change
  • Defining the scope for action
  • Developing the proposal for action
  • Implementing the proposal
  • Evaluating and reflecting

3. Recess (25 mins)

Hands-on workshop demonstrations of school sustainability initiatives – Practical examples of ways to improve sustainably in schools (2 x 30 mins workshops on waste, water, energy, biodiversity, Kitchen Gardens etc) EEC and community sustainability providers

4. Developing student leadership skills – How to inspire, motivate and give students opportunities to build leadership skill (40 mins)

  • How to run student-led environment team meetings
  • How to fundraise and apply for grants
  • How to choose your projects
  • How to gain support from the school executive
  • How to promote your ideas to the school community
  • How to make your club engaging and fun
  • How to make measurable objectives and evaluate your success

5. Lunch (30 mins)

6. Forum discussions – Participant sharing session to discuss effective strategies teachers have implemented or plan to implement in their schools (30 mins)

7 Action Planning Projects – Developing school / community sustainability projects. (20 mins)

Close and evaluations

Next course details 

  • Date - Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Location - Sydney Observatory, Upper Fort St Millers Point 
  • Who is eligible to attend - Teachers accompanying their students to the Sustainability Expo rurning concurrently on the 19th Sept. 
  • How do I apply - Enroll through the DEC MYPL portal on course code RG0388. 
  • Cost - $120

Course resources

School Enviro Cub Manual