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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:

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Information Session


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


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


Smart Grant Writing – Top Tips for Success

Kate Caldecott

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:

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.