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Environment Conference 2024

Environment Conference 2024

BOOK NOW – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE!

Join us for a day of engaging workshops and hands-on, high-quality outdoor experiences.  

  • Friday 2 August – Primary and Early Childhood Teachers (preschool 4+ years)
  • Friday 9 August – Secondary teachers  
  • Location: Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, Wallumedegal Country 

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” Sir David Attenborough 

Primary: Friday 2 August 2024

The 2024 IEU Environment Conference is an opportunity for K-6 teachers and early childhood teachers (preschool 4+ years) to engage in a unique professional development opportunity.

Join fellow IEU members and spend the day in nature on beautiful Wallumedegal Country. The world beyond your classroom can provide all the ingredients you need to create amazing real-world learning experiences. This one-day course will equip you with hands-on ideas and fun pedagogical approaches for taking core curriculum learning outdoors.

  • Investigate ways of integrating learning in nature, fieldwork, data collection, games, and Aboriginal histories and cultures.
  • Discover a range of outdoor learning activities that support inquiry learning and encourage students to think deeply, critically and creatively while developing environmental stewardship values and a stronger sense of concern and care for the environment.
  • Explore the use of technology to create learning experiences that are highly engaging, support cross curriculum priorities and contribute to quality learning outcomes. 
  • Learn how to provide students with an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active through the integration of outdoor learning into their teaching and learning programs.
  • This course focuses on enriching and extending the geography, science and English syllabus through high-quality outdoor experiences. 

Book now. Limited spots available.

  • WHEN: Friday 2 August 2024
  • WHERE: Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, 220 Pittwater Road, Gladesville, NSW
  • WHO: Early childhood teachers (preschool 4+ years); ES1 and Stage 1,2 and 3 teachers
  • COST: Members $100, non-member $150

This PD addresses standards: 2.1.2, 3.4.2, 4.2.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. See below for more details.

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This PD addresses the following:

  • explores relationships with other living and non-living things and observe, notice and respond to change (EYLF LO2 KC4)
  • develops an awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things (EYLF LO2 KC1)
  • explores, infers, predicts and hypothesise in order to develop an increased interdependence between land, people, plants and animals (EYLF LO2 KC4).
  • uses play to investigate, imagine and explore ideas (EYLF LO4 KC1)
  • participates in a variety of rich and meaningful inquiry-based experiences (EYLF LO4 KC1)

Secondary: Friday 9 August 2024

The 2024 IEU Environment Conference is an opportunity for years 7-12 teachers to engage in a unique professional development experience (most relevant for science and geography teachers).

Join fellow IEU members and spend the day in nature on this one-day course designed to support teachers in the planning and implementation of the existing and new syllabus. 

  • Walk through beautiful Wallumedegal Country, experiencing multi-sensory fieldwork and place-based discovery while exploring sandstone eucalypt forests.
  • Focus on the many benefits and opportunities of fieldwork to engage students in geographic and scientific learning. 
  • Learn valuable and accessible techniques, including reliable and valid sampling methodologies, and the use of environmental assessment equipment. 
  • Develop skills to create effective workflows to encourage deep learning. 
  • Build confidence in developing suitable fieldwork inquiry questions which allow for successful investigation. 
  • Take part in a round table discussion on the inclusion of fieldwork in program development and assessment. 
  • Discover activities to stimulate the senses to develop a deep respect for nature, empathy and more memorable and meaningful connections with our world. 
Limited spots available. BOOK NOW!
  • WHEN: Friday 9 August 2024 
  • WHERE: Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, 220 Pittwater Road, Gladesville, NSW 
  • WHO: Secondary teachers (most relevant for years 7-12 science and geography teachers) 
  • COST: Members $100, non-members $150 

This PD addresses standards: 2.1.2, 3.4.2, 4.2.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
  • 4.2.2 Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks.
  • 6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.
  • 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

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