ESE-TE National Research Symposium 2023

The ESE-TE Standing Committee invites you to attend its biennial Research Symposium on Environmental & Sustainability Education in Teacher Education (ESE-TE) on May 26, 2023 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. This Symposium purosefully aligns with the start of CSSE (Canada's largest educational research conference, beginning on May 27 at York University).

Join researchers and teacher educators dedicated to ESE-TE to learn more about leading research in this field in Canada. The theme of this Symposium, “Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future: Call to Action for Climate Justice” shares presentations of scholarship focused on the critical role teacher education plays in helping society work toward an equitable, just and sustainable future.

This hybrid symposium builds on the momentum for more substantially integrating ESE into teacher education at Canadian universities, and considers how the launch of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education’s Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future promises to accelerate working towards these goals.

This Symposium takes place on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Anishinaabek, and the Haudenosaunee nations, who have sought to walk gently on this Land. This is now the territory of the Mississaugas (Michizaagiig) of the Credit. All who live on this Land are governed by Treaty 13 and guided by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes. The organizers of this Symposium aim to respect, honour and learn from the histories, cultures, and knowledge systems of these Original Peoples, and contribute to the work of decolonization and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and other equity-deserving groups as part of this day of professional learning.

Date: Friday May 26, 2023 9am-4pmET

Format: Hybrid (both in-person and online participation via Zoom)

Location: OISE, University of Toronto (252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON)

Agenda and Schedule

Registration for the Symposium has now closed.

Schedule of the Symposium:
Morning - coffee & baked goods; welcome, Indigenous opening, and keynote talk; plenary session; lunch for in-person delegates
Afternoon - Research Roundtables (35 research presentations by 45+ presenters) in in-person and online formats (a full listing of presenters will be available in April)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jan Hare (Dean & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia)

The ESE-TE Research Symposium Planning Committee:
Co-Chairs - Dr. Thomas Falkenberg & Dr. Hilary Inwood
Administrator -Tracy Xi
Committee Member - Dr. Maurice DiGiuseppe

Support for this event comes in part from the Office of the Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation, OISE.

About EECOM: The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) is Canada’s only national, bilingual, and charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning. We strive to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate… which means we’re engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy and sustainable future. For more about EECOM, visit its website.

Questions: Contact administrator Tracy Xi at contact@eseinfacultiesofed.ca

Previous Events

Certificate Course in ESE for Student Teachers

Over 100 student teachers from teacher education programs across Canada have been meeting monthly in 2022-23 to explore the principles & practices of Environmental & Sustainability Education in this national, online course. This was a second offering of an E-course piloted in 2021-22. They learned from ESE experts, connected with K-12 and community educators engaged in ESE, as well as each other. This course has been open to students studying to be K-12 teachers & Early Childhood Educators who were registered in Canadian teacher education programs. The course was led by ESE experts and guest speakers from across Canada, and sponsored by EECOM, Canada’s only national Environment Education network. It was offered online with both synchronous and asynchronous modules. A certificate and EECOM membership is awarded to those who  successfully complete the course.
Questions: Dr. Erin Sperling  contact@eseinfacultiesofed.ca

Launch of new national Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future

The Association of Canadian Deans of Education's (ACDE) new Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future directs faculties of education to help meet Canada’s commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by integrating ESE and climate change education into preservice and inservice teacher education programs. This establishes a new priority for teacher education across Canada, in line with Canada's climate action targets. By implementing this new Accord in parallel with the ACDE's Accord on Indigenous Education, students in faculties of education will benefit from a synergy that centres equity, justice and sustainability for all living beings at the heart of all levels of education. We are ready to help with its implementation - as a national network dedicated to ESE in Teacher Education, we are here to help faculties of education deepen ESE and climate change education in their programs through research, sharing of pedagogical initiatives and collaboration. As a starting point, refer to this Primer on ESE in Teacher Education that can be shared with Deans, faculty and community partners interested in learning more about this critical work.

ESE-TE Research Symposium 2021

EECOM 2021 Conference - April 21-24, 2021
Researchers and educators from across Canada shared their research at the opening day of EECOM Conference 2021. Schedule of presenters.

Shifting ESE Online in Teacher Education

Recorded Webinar - Sept. 2020
Faculty from across Canada and the US discuss how they are pivoting environmental learning in teacher education to digital formats.

ESE-TE Research Roundtable 2018

October 18, 2018
Research Roundtable at EECOM's “Classrooms to Communities”

Info on the Research Roundtable

National Roundtable on ESE in Preservice Teacher Education 2016

June 14-16, 2016
The National Action Plan

Summaries of the Roundtable Presentations (and the list of Presenters)
The Roundtable Keynote Talks (videos)

QuestionsEmail us