Question: What language will the training be in?
Answer: The Smithsonian-led training will be conducted in English in May. Provided there is enough educator interest, the August training can be held in Canadian French as well as English.
Q: What language are the student-facing materials in?
A: The Environmental Justice guide is available in English, Canadian French, Spanish and Arabic.
Q: How long does it take to implement the Environmental Justice! guide with students?
A: The guide can be completed in a minimum of 8-10 contact hours with students, but educators have found the most success in implementing it over the course of 15-20 contact hours. This does not include the time that students may need to complete their videos.
Q: Is there a specific timeline during which implementation should occur?
A: No. We have kept the project open-ended so that it can be done with students in the last month of the 2022-2023 school year, over the summer, or in the first part of the 2023-2024 fall semester. We recognize that for many classroom educators, this project will be in addition to their standard curriculum, so we are working to make the implementation as flexible as possible.
Q: Is there any student or educator assessment as a part of this program?
A: SSEC will administer a teacher- and student-survey at the end of the program.
Q: Who can participate in this project?
A: Educators serving students aged 11-18 may register for the program. All students’ parents or guardians will need to sign a Smithsonian-provided waiver to participate fully.
Q: What are the benefits to participating educators?
A: By participating in this project, educators will receive high-quality professional development aligned to the SSEC’s Environmental Justice! guide. They will have the opportunity to build community with colleagues around Canada who are working to implement the same guide. Participating educators will use a new and innovative approach to teaching and learning and will have the opportunity to apply for an in-person meeting of participating educators at the end of the program.
Q: What are the benefits to participating students?
A: Participating students will have the opportunity to discover, understand, and act to find solutions to environmental justice issues in their own local community. They will get to connect with local and global experts working on environmental justice topics and will eventually get to showcase their work through a video that will be shared with experts, students, and educators around the world.