Natural Curiosity in Community: Sustaining Environmental Inquiry Beyond Earth Month - Webinar

Apr 27, 2022  19:00 - 20:30

(GMT -4:00) Eastern Time

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Cost:  5 - 50$
Hosted by: Natural Curiosity

Welcome to our eighth webinar of the school year, Natural Curiosity in Community: Sustaining Environmental Inquiry Beyond Earth Month, taking place on Wednesday, April 27th, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET. In celebration of Earth Month, Raadiyah Nazeem (Grade 1 Teacher, JICS Lab School) and Krista Spence (Teacher-Librarian & Land-Based Education Resource Teacher, JICS Lab School) will explore Natural Curiosity – the four branches of environmental inquiry, deepened by Indigenous perspectives articulated by Doug Anderson – through the powerful lens of community. How can we design, grow, and sustain meaningful inquiries that bring students more deeply and actively rooted in their outdoor spaces and community, guided by the question of how Indigenous and diverse perspectives can ethically inform this learning process? How can the lens of community broaden our definition of environmental education, and be activated through student agency to empower an understanding of their role and responsibility to one another, and to the natural world? Using examples and resources from their exemplary teaching practice, Raadiyah and Krista will explore the potential of community-focused inquiries as a catalyst for all learners to engage in experiential and integrated learning about food, water, waste, plants and animals, stories, treaties, and all that binds us in the integrated nature of the environment and communities in which we live.


Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To increase access we have set contributions on a sliding scale: $5 to $50. Natural Curiosity is a 100% donor-funded program – thank you for supporting our program sustainability. All proceeds from our webinar series help fund our facilitators for their time and work, and the creation of more Natural Curiosity professional learning opportunities.


A recording of the webinar will be made available to all registrants following the event.


Krista Spence is the Teacher-Librarian, Technology Integrator, and Land-Based Resource Teacher at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, OISE-University of Toronto. She has held a number of roles over her 18 years of teaching experience. Krista holds an Honours BA in World Literature and Religions, is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and has her MA in Education from OISE. She has taught classes in the MA in Education program at OISE. She constantly searches out opportunities to learn from Indigenous educators, Elders, and artists. She is passionate about connecting students with authentic Indigenous voices, learning through relationship, restoring land, and developing a connection to place. She has presented her work at various conferences and works closely with the Natural Curiosity team.

Raadiyah Nazeem is the Grade 1 Teacher at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, OISE-University of Toronto. Raadiyah graduated from the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program at OISE in 2013 and has been teaching at the Laboratory School since then. Over the years, she has taught in various roles and worked with multiple grades. Raadiyah has a deep interest in helping children understand identity, their roles, and responsibilities to each other and to the Earth, the impact of actions, and importance of welcoming and respecting voices that share many ways of learning and knowing. 

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