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About ESE-TE

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This website is the digital home of the ESE-TE Standing Committee of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, (EECOM). The ESE-TE Committee is dedicated to advancing and supporting the development of high quality Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) in Teacher Education (TE) in Canada through research, policy, and professional development.

The ESE-TE Standing Committee is working in four strategic directions: raising awareness of ESE-TE; deepening knowledge and understanding about ESE-TE; developing supports and resources for ESE-TE; and recommending policy in ESE-TE. These directions aim to engage those involved in teacher education to better support a cultural shift of Canadians towards more sustainable forms of living. This is a work in progress, and viewers are invited to send in resources, research, and other information to make it stronger repository of work in this field.

About Environmental & Sustainability Education

This project has purposefully chosen the term ‘Environmental and Sustainability Education' (ESE) as a way to reference the multiple traditions of environmental learning that happen at all levels of education: environmental education; education for sustainable development; Indigenous education; Land-based learning; nature-based learning; outdoor & experiential education; place-based education, eco-justice education; éducation relative à l'environnement et au développement durable;education for sustainability; humane education; and sustainability for wellbeing. This signals a desire to honour the contributions of the multiple theoretical positions and voices that inform ESE in teacher education in this critical work.

The ESE-TE Standing Committee of EECOM

Hilary Inwood, Co-Chair
Lecturer, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Hilary leads OISE’s ESE Initiative, and teaches courses in art education, environmental education, teaching methods, and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on the professional development of teachers in relation to ESE, and on arts-based approaches to developing environmental literacy in school and community settings.

Paul Elliott, Co-Chair
Professor, School of Education & Professional Learning,Trent University
Paul teaches pre-service and M.Ed. courses in science education and environmental education. He coordinates an Eco-Mentor Program for teacher candidates in collaboration with colleagues from Camp Kawartha in Peterborough. Paul’s research interests have been wide-ranging with topics as diverse as insect ecology, bat conservation, biodiversity education, and scientific literacy.

Marie Tremblay, Treasurer
Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council of Environmental Education
Marie has taught from grade 1 to university, including five years in Indigenous communities of Canada’s far north. She has been an active member of Alberta’s environmental community for over two decades as a conservation scientist in the government and non-profit sectors, and board member of Nature Calgary and Alberta’s Prairie Conservation Forum.

Rob VanWynsberghe, Secretary
Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Studies, UBC

Rob has a PhD in Sociology, and his research expertise is in sustainability and the related areas of social movements and capacity building.

Laura Sims, Liaison & Board Member, EECOM
Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Education, Université de Saint-Boniface

Laura specializes in education for sustainability and community-based assessment processes. Laura taught high school for 10 years in Winnipeg and in the Dominican Republic. She has also managed a Canadian International Development Agency environmental project in Central America.

Nicole Bell
Asst. Professor, School of Education & Professional Learning, Trent University
Nicole's research areas include Indigenous culture-based education, infusion of Indigenous knowledge into public schooling and teacher education, decolonization and healing, and Indigenous research theory and methodology. She is Anishnaabe (Bear Clan) from Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, the mother of five boys, and is passionate about Indigenous education, motivated by her educational experiences personally and as a mother.

Maurice DiGuiseppe
Interim Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Maurice's research focuses on teacher professional development, environmental education, school gardens, scientific inquiry, and the development of digital learning resources in secondary and post-secondary education. Maurice has authored and/or collaborated in the development of a number of science and environmental science textbooks and learning resources.

Doug Karrow
Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University
Douglas specializes in science and environmental education; in addition to teaching pre-service and graduate education courses, his research interests centre on school-based environmental education, place-based education, ontological education, and ecophenomenology.

Patrick Robertson
Lecturer, University of British Columbia
Patrick is a teacher educator and consultant working collaboratively with a wide range of partners and clients in BC and across Canada. He teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow in the University Sustainability Initiative at UBC conducting research on sustainability learning pathways in teacher education.

Pam Schwartzberg
President and CEO, Learning for a Sustainable Future
Pamela has over 30 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, policy development, project management, research, and writing. She served as Ontario Program Director for LSF, coordinating research, policy development, teacher training, and curriculum materials development. As of 2002, Pamela has served as National Executive Director of LSF. Pamela has a MA in Environmental Studies from York University.

Carine Villemagne
Professor, Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke
Carine's research focuses on adults’ learning in environmental education, generally working with adults who have lower levels of education. She is a researcher associated with the Center for Research in Environmental Education and Training (Centr’ERE) that is located at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Alysse Kennedy
Program Coordinator

Alysse is a doctoral candidate at OISE, University of Toronto; her research investigates
meaningful pedagogical approaches to teaching about the environment in
accessible and relevant ways.


We are deeply appreciative of the funders who have supported this work.

Symons Trust 

School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University

OISE, University of Toronto

Faculty of Education, Brock University

Dearness Environmental Society

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation