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SFU and TRU announce new outdoor education dual certification for teaching

SFU and TRU announce new outdoor education dual certification for teaching

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Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) 2012: Call for Session Proposals

Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) 2012: Call for Session Proposals

Deadline: November 18, 2011
http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca

Annual Conference hosted by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario, May 3–5, 2012

Energy @ the Centre
Energy lies at the heart of so much of what we do at science centres and museums—from the energy we invest in developing ideas and building exhibitions, to our energetic engagement with visitors. With limited resources and so much to do, however, how can we direct this energy towards achieving maximum results? How are we meeting the internal demands of our organizations? How do we ensure that our visitors are energized by their contact with us? We invite you to join us at the 2012 Canadian Association of Science Centres’ Conference. This 10th Annual Conference, hosted by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, is expected to welcome more than 120 delegates. This three-day conference features a pre-conference activity, more than twenty learning sessions, a keynote speaker, and events that include a welcome reception, a tradeshow (Friday, May 4), and our national awards gala (Saturday, May 6).

Plugging into Generations: Our audiences are changing. As the population ages and family sizes decrease, science centres and museums can no longer rely solely on family audiences. Older adults and teens are becoming important new audiences for our organizations. How are you reaching out to new audiences? Have you developed content specifically to attract new visitors? The program committee is interested in sessions that address content development, as well as marketing strategies designed to attract a changing audience. 

Charged Up and Plugged In: Science centres and museums are communities—whether this means the staff teams that develop, deliver, promote and fund activities; the networks and partners we activate with our programming; or the audiences with which we engage. Communities lie at the heart of what we do. What are the programming trends that enable these connections? What is the role of social media? How are we recruiting, inspiring, and retaining our workforce? The program committee is interested in sessions that address collaboration, partnerships, innovative programming, audience development, team development and social media.

Management of Resources: From dealing with competing demands for resources, to the challenges of changing demographics and a realignment of priorities, the process of deciding where to devote your energies is a challenging one. What are best practices in resource management? How can we learn from other’s mistakes and successes? The program committee is interested in sessions that address planning strategies, program and project management models, and best practices.

Current Science: Science centres and museums share a common mission: to promote the science literacy of visitors, and to engage visitors with current science and technology. How do we involve and engage visitors in discussions? How do we keep our science and technology exhibits and programs responsive to current science? Tell us about the mechanisms you have in place for changing exhibits and programs at your centre. How is technology helping you to keep science current at your centre? The program committee is interested in sessions that explore innovative ways of engaging visitors in discussion and discovery around the role of science and technology in society.

Helpful Information on the Call for Proposals

Session Leaders:
The person who submits a session is usually the session leader. As a session leader, you are the main contact with the program committee for your session. While the program committee will provide assistance, it will be your responsibility confirm and liaise with other presenters, confirm titles, descriptions, and a/v requirements.

Hints for Writing a Great Session Description
Think of it like an invitation. You are inviting your audience to attend an important event. Just as if your were hosting a party at home, give some thought to who you would like to see—from the people doing demonstrations on the floor to the CEO. Make it clear who will benefit from your session.

Criteria for a great session: In order to create a vivid experience for delegates, the committee will look favorably on proposals that:

• provide practical examples in a “How-to” framework,
• encourage “bright-eyed” behavior from delegates,
• employ session formats that nurture discussion, and• move towards calls to action beyond the conference event: e.g. new collaborations, networks or projects.

Be specific. If you will be bringing salamanders into the room, say it in the description! If you want people to bring their ideas with them for discussion, indicate that.

Be accurate. Be sure that the description really represents who you are and what the subject and style of the presentation will be. Friends coming to a party want to be sure they know what they’re getting into!

Session Types

Roundtable: An issue-oriented conversation, during which participants are seated in a circular format. A session leader articulates the issues, monitors the progress of the discussions, and often facilitates a wrap-up segment at the end of the session. Prepared participants facilitate conversation at each table.

Panel Discussion: Three to four presenters, with session leader who introduces and summarizes the session. This is followed by a question-and-answer period and audience discussion of at least 15-20 minutes. The objective is to cover one topic from multiple points of view.

Workshop: A program for a relatively small group of people in a given field that emphasizes participation in problem-solving efforts with one or more hands-on activities. Limited participation.

How to submit your session:

Conference Session Form

1.  Please download the form and complete its contents.
2. Cut and paste the contents of the form into the body of an email. For a Windows machine, Just ctrl A to select, ctrl C to copy, then Ctrl V into the email.  Headings can be included.
3.  Put your session title in the subject line.
4.  Send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by November 18th, 2011. Keep a copy.

Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

September 13-15, 2012 -  Boulder, Colorado USA
Deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2012

This cross-disciplinary conference will explore intersections between culture, politics, and science in order to enhance our understanding of public policy addressing climate change. The conference will interrogate the many obstacles and opportunities confronting U.S. climate policymakers and scientists. Presenters will be asked to broadly consider how climate change is communicated and how these processes intersect with ongoing cultural and political issues. While we will focus on climate change, authors are encouraged to draw lessons that can be applied to a variety of environmental contexts. Comparative papers and panels that explore similarities and differences between culture, politics, and climate policy in the U.S. and other countries are encouraged.
Discussions about climate change, policy, and science arise in a variety of cultural settings. Questions of how and whether to address climate change on a national and global scale are significant parts of political and cultural discourse. How policy is made, the role of state and non-state actors, the communication of science and values, and how meaning is derived from our shared culture are all questions that directly influence policy outcomes. In the context of U.S. national elections and ongoing international climate negotiations, these considerations are especially relevant. This conference will address these questions in the context of the 2012 elections, the COP-18 climate talks, and other cultural developments.
Culture, Politics, and Climate Change is a conference of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information, contact Deserai A. Crow, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Journalism
www.climateculturepolitics.org

This conference is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, Advertising a2b, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and the CU Environmental Center.

In the Field, for the Future: Redfish School of Change

In the Field, for the Future: Redfish School of Change

Join this innovative field school designed for people who want to lead the way in creating positive social and environmental change. Travel from the mountains of the interior to the southern coast of British Columbia. Live and learn while you explore the wilderness, engage with a diversity of experts, and visit innovative sites across the province.

This year’s Redfish School of Change runs from May 16 to June 23, 2012.

Students receive credit for three environmental studies courses from the University of Victoria, and six months support on their environmental and social justice action projects. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to consider this program as a complement to their studies.

Visit www.schoolofchange.ca to see the eligibility requirements and learn about student bursaries.

Applications are accepted until February 15, 2012.

What do past participants have to say…

“The Redfish School of Change was the most intellectually stimulating and meaningful experience of my post-secondary career.” 
- 2009 participant

“Amazing” is an understatement when it comes to describing my experience in the Redfish School of Change and “beautiful” does not do justice to the places that we have seen and visited. I feel like my experience goes beyond what words can explain.” 
- 2010 participant

“I have really learned the power of community and I am not intimated to make change. This has been the most inspiring and rewarding experience [and] has given me everything I expected and more. This was the best money I have ever spent on myself. 
-  2011 participant

October 25: Take Me Outside Day!

October 25: Take Me Outside Day!

Please see the special message below from Colin Harris of Take Me Outside:

Dear friends of Take Me Outside,

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 9 months since starting my run across Canada to promote getting children and youth outside, active and connected to nature.  After 7000 km and almost 80 school visits, the TMO Project is soon coming to a close as I run the last 600 km towards the west coast.

I am writing to you to say thank you for your interest in the project and for your support as I ran across the country. I would also like to offer you, your children, students, businesses and communities another opportunity to get involved with the project. I am on target for completing the run on October 25th in Victoria, British Columbia and would like your help celebrating by declaring that day ‘Take Me Outside Day’.

For this celebration I would be grateful if we could get as many students (and adults) as possible outside to enjoy the fresh air for at least 15 minutes any time during that day.  It could be as simple as taking the students outside for part of their class, setting up some outdoor activities, or going for a walk.  Anything you choose to get outside, active and united. Our hope is that on October 25th, we can collectively get 25,000 students outside!  If you’re willing to pass this email on to other teachers, schools or even boards, it would be appreciated. We would love to make the media aware of this, so we’re asking for just a couple of things. If you can email us and let us know that a) You’re committing to celebrating this day with Colin and Take Me Outside and b) Give us some details about number of students and what you might do outside.  We’d love to share some of these stories and perhaps the media will even be interested in picking up the story.

Please R.S.V.P. to this invitation by October 18th (email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

I genuinely appreciate your support and enthusiasm

Colin

Colin Harris
Take Me Outside
www.takemeoutside.ca
705-754-0446

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