December 6, 2013

Peel board educators utilize 21st century learning for environmental education

Marcel Labelle presents keynote at fourth annual PEECE conference

Educators from across the Peel District School Board will attend the Peel Environmental Education Conference for Educators (PEECE) on Dec. 10 at David Suzuki Secondary School. The full-day conference is a chance for Peel board educators to discuss and develop ways to include environmental education into various curriculum lessons.

The conference, open to kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, will include:
• information from various organizations
• connect community groups with schools and students committed to environmental initiatives and practices
• utilize 21st century learning by embedding technology into curriculum lesson plans
• workshops which are led by participants and driven by participants

The conference will close with a keynote address from Marcel Labelle, Aboriginal awareness speaker at universities, secondary and elementary schools. Labelle is a professor at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., where he teaches Indigenous Studies. Labelle builds traditional Birch Bark Canoes and demonstrates his craft at various venues including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Canadian Aboriginal Festival. A self-published book Our Knowledge Canoe, looks beyond the traditional aesthetics of  birch bark canoes of the original people of North America. Labelle is also the recipient of a OAC (Ontario Arts Council) Aboriginal Arts Projects grant towards birch bark canoe building, the highest individual award for an OAC grant recipient of an Aboriginal Arts Project.

The conference will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Labelle will speak from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. David Suzuki Secondary School is located at 45 Daviselm Dr. in Brampton.

A complete agenda is available by contacting Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2725, ryan.strang@peelsb.com.

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