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EASL Professional Development Sessions offer the opportunity to visit facilities throughout the region to hear from key people involved in sustainability education and see what’s happening in their space.  There is time to network and swap knowledge, tips and challenges with everyone else in the room as well as learn from guest presenters.

These meetings welcome anyone involved in the sustainability learning community to attend (staff, parents, broader family members, volunteers and students).

Meeting locations will rotate around the Eastern Region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges) with a different topic each term. There are no restrictions on attending sessions in the other municipalities. 

Past Events:

Chook4Charity at Oxley Christian College | Term 3 PD and Networking

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Do you have chooks at your school or early learning centre?

Do you want to have chooks at your school or early learning centre?

Come down to this session to see chook keeping in action and hear from our expert at Chooktopia about the best ways to keep chickens in an educational setting.

You will also have the opportunity to hear from Oxley Christian College on their Chooks4Charity program that students set up as part of EASL's pilot Student Leadership Program. 

Date: Tuesday 3rd September
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Oxley Christian College, 15-49 Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park, VIC 3116
Cost: Free for local tickets, $10.00 for external tickets

What to bring:

  • Your wonderful self;
  • Questions that you would like answered about chook keeping
  • An apetite for sustainable learning

To be eligible for this event you must live or work within one of the five EASL partner councils (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges). This event will count towards your professional development hours, with all attendees receiving a certificate of participation by email after the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided as part of this event from 4pm onwards.

See you there!

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2019 Learning for Sustainability Conference | Term 2 PD

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Now in its 4th year, EASL's 'Learning for Sustainability Conference' is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people, hear from experts in the field, gain contacts and ideas to take back to your classroom, all while enjoying local food in a beautiful setting. 

Date: Tuesday 21st May
Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside
Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Cost: $50 for a local ticket

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More information about the event is available through the full conference page: http://easl.com.au/activities/2019-learning-for-sustainability-conference

Learning Landscapes | Term 1 PD 2019

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LEARNING LANDSCAPES - a highly interactive workshop for educators interested in the opportunities for moving student learning outdoors. 

Designed with an emphasis on teamwork and staff participation - this session will provide inspiration, information, and resources to support you as educators - certainly one not to be missed!

Facilitator Ellen Regos is the Team Leader for the School Food Gardens Program at Cultivating Community and has worked for 25 years as a teacher and educator in sustainability.

This workshop will provide educators with concrete ways to utilise green space as a place for learning, a place to grow plants, collect loose parts and help children and students develop a relationship with the outdoors. This workshop will cover a broad range of subject matter that can be tailored to your unique needs including ways to embed this learning style and enhance links to the curriculum.

Session Outcomes:

  • identify pros and cons of teaching outdoors
  • understanding the benefits for students
  • practical ways in which an outdoor classroom can be utilised by all teachers at any year level
  • Resources to assist staff in transitioning to teaching outdoors

 Details:

  • Wednesday March 6th 2019
  • 4:30pm - 6.30pm (arrival from 4pm)
  • Currawong Bush Park - Reynolds Rd Doncaster East
  • Don't forget to register and lock in your place at this session! 

Afternoon tea will be provided from 4pm.

This session will mostly be held outside of the conference centre so please dress appropriately. In the event of harsh weather conditions the session will be moved inside.

Each participant will receive a certificate of completion to count towards your professional development hours.

This event is subsidised by the Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL) member councils to ensure the EASL program remains an accessible professional development opportunity for all. As such, participants must either work or live in one of the following:

  • Knox City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • City of Whitehorse
  • Manningham Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council

Should you not work or live in one of these councils and still wish to attend please contact the EASL coordinator on info@easl.com.au for more options. 

Aboriginal Seasons and Backyard Birds | Term 4 PD 2018

 

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EASL - Backyard Birds, Aboriginal Seasons & Networking Event


DATE AND TIME

Wed. 17 October 2018

4:15 pm – 6:30 pm AEDT

 

LOCATION

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary - Visitor Information Centre

95 Central Road

Blackburn, VIC 3130

 

DESCRIPTION

It takes a lot more than a textbook to teach. It is the supreme art of the teacher who awakens joy in creative expression and knowledge (Albert Einstein). With education being the most powerful tool we can use to change the world (Nelson Mandela) we invite you to the Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL) Term 4 Professional Development and Networking Event to be held at the beautiful Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Information Centre.


 

During this session you will:

  • Meet like-minded educators.
  • Hear about Blackburn Lake Sanctuary and the education programs they deliver.
  • Share experiences in delivering environmental sustainability topics.
  • Learn about Citizen Science – Backyard Bird Surveys including activity ideas for the classroom.
  • Learn about Aboriginal seasons.
  • Pick up some nifty ideas for class activities.

You will leave this session with:

  • Knowledge to delivery backyard bird activities.
  • Resources to support backyard bird activities.
  • Ideas from other participants of sustainability focused activities that have worked for them.

What to bring:

  • Your wonderful self.
  • A summary of a sustainability activity that has worked for you. You can bring a copy of this resource with you, email a copy through to EASL or simply have it on your mind. This will be a part of an activity on the day and be distributed as a summary to participants afterwards.

 


To be eligible for this event you must work within one of the five EASL partner councils (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges). This event will count towards your professional development hours, with all attendees receiving a certificate of participation.

There will be a door prize on the day and afternoon tea will be provided.

See you there!

What a Waste! Exploring Waste in the East | Term 3 PD and Networking

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Have you wondered why some things are recyclable and others are not?
Are you curious about how recycling is sorted?
Do you want to know how to recycle items that can't go into the recycling bin?

Join us for this full day professional development session which will take you through different waste facilities within Melbourne's east. We will be visiting different types of recycling and waste centres as well as detailing the recycling programs in place within each EASL municipality.

This will be a jam-packed day looking at what happens with our waste when it goes in the bin.

A bus will be organised to take attendees to all locations on the day. This will leave from a central location with accessible transport and parking for attendees. More details about the centres we will be visiting and pick-up will be announced in 2018.

Morning tea and lunch is provided as part of this event. 
All attendees will receive a certificate of participation by email after the event.

Bookings close 6pm, Wednesday 25th July

Attendees must live or work within the EASL region to attend this event. 

Date: Tuesday 31st July
Time: 8:45am to 4:30pm
Venue: Leaving from Walker Park, corner Maroondah Hwy and Dunlavin Rd
Cost: $38.00
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Places are limited, click here to book now!

Linking Sustainability with the Curriculum | Term 2 PD and Networking

Linking Sustainability

Join us for a PD session exploring strategies to use when incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. The session will be broken up into different age groups with separate speakers presenting on processes and approaches specific for schools and early learning services.

This Professional Development session will open with afternoon tea and a short networking activity, giving educators the opportunity to meet likeminded people from the EASL region.

Afternoon tea is provided at this event. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation by email after the event.

Date: Wednesday 23rd May 
Time: 4:15pm to 6:00pm
Venue: MC2, 687 Doncaster Rd | Doncaster, VIC 3108 | Australia
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Places are limited, click here to book now!

Planning a Native Garden | Term 1 PD and Networking

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It can be challenging to plan a native garden within an educational environment. There are many elements that go into a successful garden, including:

  • Choosing the right plants to get the garden established
  • Selecting plants that can be used as bush foods
  • Deciding how the garden fits into the future maintenance of the surrounding buildings
  • Working out how many plants are needed and where these can be sourced

Join us for a PD session exploring how to best plan and manage a native garden within an educational setting. There will be information on local nurseries that educators can access and specific council resources that can be useful when developing a native garden. Experiences and ideas will be shared on how to include students in this process and improve the overall success of the garden.

This Professional Development session will open with afternoon tea and a short networking activity, giving educators the opportunity to meet likeminded people from the EASL region.

Afternoon tea is provided at this event. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation by email after the event.

Date: Wednesday 7th March 
Time: 4:15pm to 6:00pm
Venue: Knox Park Primary School, Crn Watersedge Cl and Kathryn Rd, Knoxfield
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Places are limited, click here to book now!

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Information Session

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This information session is being held to share details of the pilot student program that EASL is organising for 2018. It is hoped that schools interested in participating in the Learning for a Sustainable Future program will attend to find out more about the program and what is involved if they decide to participate. 

This session will outline the purpose and intended outcomes of the program, how schools can get involved as well as what their involvement means.  

To find out more about this exciting program, book here

PLEASE NOTE: BOOKINGS CLOSE 6pm, Friday 9th February 

Venturing Outside the Classroom

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We have heard a lot about teaching outside over recent times, but the question is often asked of how best to do it. This Professional Development Session will focus on some different approaches you can take to moving your lessons to an outdoor setting.

The day will be broken into two segments - the first segment will look generally at the types of outdoor areas that can be used, where you can find out more about them and some useful tips for planning your outdoor experiences.

The second segment will split attendees based on the age groups they are working with (early years, primary and secondary) and take them outside to try out a few fun activities that can be used when taking a class outside. Don't forget your walking shoes!

Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Date: Wednesday 4th October (second week of School Holidays)
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Currawong Bush Park, 277 Reynolds Road, Donvale
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Places are limited, click here to book now!

PLEASE NOTE: BOOKINGS CLOSE 6pm, Monday 2nd October 

Composting - Feeding it Right

Throughout  2016 it became clear that food waste processing is a challenging project for many within the educational space. In Term 3, EASL is coordinating a Professional Development session on food waste and composting / worm farming in a school setting to provide some guidance and hopefully assistance to those with systems in place or those looking to set systems up.
Chooktopia will be providing expert advice on composting systems can answer any of those niggling questions you have been wanting help with.
Afternoon tea is provided.

Date: Tuesday 22nd August
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Mt Evelyn Christian School
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

DOOR PRIZE
ALL ATTENDEES WILL GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN A WORM FARM!

Smart Grant Writing – Top Tips for Success

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With Kate Caldecott
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Vermont Primary School
Afternoon tea provided

Free Event. Bookings required

Are you looking to raise money for your school, early years centre or other education provider?

Exploring opportunities to apply for grant funding?

Wondering how to write a grant application with the best chance of success?

Join us for this Professional Development session with grants guru Kate Caldecott where she will share with us her top tips for producing a successful grant application.

A founding member of Our Community, Kate Caldecott is the former Executive Director of the Australia Institute of Grants Management and was one of the driving forces behind the development of SmartyGrants, Australia’s most widely used, electronic grants management system. In 2014 she founded Kate Caldecott & Associates, offering training and technical assistance to grantmaking organisations. She continues to work with Our Community as a Strategic Partnership Advisor.

Not only is Kate a grants guru, she is also a parent of school age children who has had enormous success raising funds for her children’s school.

For further information on Kate Caldecott visit: http://katecaldecott.com.au/

This PD session is for education community members (staff, parents, volunteers) within the EASL Region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Councils).

To register to attend, CLICK HERE

Setting Up and Maintaining your School Veggie Patch

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With Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden
Wednesday 17 August 2016, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Croydon area TBC
Afternoon tea provided

Free Event. Bookings required

Nothing motivates more than success and for continued success in a productive garden, there are some essential steps you need to take throughout the growing year.

As educators, keeping on top of everything in and out of the classroom can be overwhelming, so in this workshop we look at simple steps to take better control of what happens outside in the garden, some fun activities to get your students actively involved; and help you understand the seasonal nature of a great garden.

This PD session is for education community members (staff, parents, volunteers) within the EASL Region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Councils).

To register to attend, CLICK HERE

Screen Time Versus Green Time

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With GP Doctor Dimity Williams and Lucy Menzies
Wednesday 1 June 2016, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Federation Estate, Ringwood
Afternoon tea provided

Free Event. Bookings required

This PD session is for Education community members (staff, parents, volunteers  within the EASL Region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Councils). The session aims to increase your understanding and awareness of the impact of Green Time (time in nature and natural environments) versus Screen Time for children and teenagers, along with providing you with some practical examples that you can take away and use.

Climate Change

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Thursday, 13 August 2015, 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre 80 Central Road, Blackburn

Free Event. Bookings required

This PD session was for Primary and Secondary School community members (teachers, parents, volunteers and support staff) within the EASL Region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Councils). The session aimed to increase your understanding and awareness of local Climate Change impacts and how you can integrate action on Climate Change into your school community. We hear from David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of Melbourne and April Seymore, Chief Executive Officer from Port Phillip Eco-Centre.

Healthy Waterways | Term 4 PD and Networking

Healthy Waterways | Term 4 PD and Networking

The "Healthy Rivers, Healthy Bay" initiative is a collaboration between PrimeSCI! and EEK! (Environmental Education for Kids). This initiative aims to raise community awareness of the health of two major catchments (Yarra and Dandenong) feeding into Port Phillip Bay. We are funded by DELWP through the Port Phillip Bay Fund, allowing us to work with many schools, teachers, and environmental groups across the Yarra and Dandenong Catchments over the next two years.

Date: Wednesday 16th October
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Information Centre, 95 Central Road, Blackburn, 3130
Cost: Free for local tickets, $10.00 for external tickets
Bookings: Through eventbrite

Join us, to help gain an understanding of your local environment and waterways. During this session you will:

  • Discover how we are all a part of a greater catchment;
  • Learn how our activities impact the catchment and ultimately Port Phillip Bay;
  • Learn about Water Quality Testing (River Detectives based);
  • See how water quality testing can be used in your classroom to gain an understanding of your local creek or river. What do the results mean? Why do we test?
  • Look at issues of litter and pollution and learn to record this data on site at school;
  • Learn about the many amazing macroninvertebrates that live in our creeks and rivers, sampling methods and recording data - how these results can be used to numerically represent the 'health' of the waterway;
  • Understand the different results of creeks and rivers versus wetlands and if there is a difference between urban and rural waterways.

Educational Materials will be provided at and after the session.

What to bring:

  • Your wonderful self;
  • Healthy Waterway questions that you need answered;
  • An apetite for sustainable learning!

To be eligible for this event you must live or work within one of the five EASL partner councils (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges). This event will count towards your professional development hours, with all attendees receiving a certificate of participation by email after the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided as part of this event from 4pm onwards.

See you there!

Book Now!