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"Just a quick note to say thanks so much for your presentation last Thursday. It was absolutely spot on and of real relevance. The SEED website is such a wonderful resource, and I am so pleased we had the opportunity to highlight this to teachers in our region." (Belinda Pearce - Baranduda Landcare Co-ordinator)

A reminder to schools, that with Sustainability being one of the three cross-curricula priorities in the Australian Curriculum, the SEED website is a great local resource for North East Schools as it  offers so much to assist in integrating this area of the curriculum.

 If your school or a group of schools in your area would like some professional development around how SEED can help you integrate environmental sustainability into your curriculum, please give the Project Officer a call on 035722 9498 or email: 

seed@newrrg.vic.gov.au



On-line Waste Education - (Cool Australia)

Waste is a hot topic right now with the recycling crisis, the war on waste and the Chinese national sword policy. 

Cool Australia can help you reach your waste goals as a council through supporting and upskilling teachers via online professional development (PD) to drive programs that lead to improved waste and resource recovery outcomes. 

 Why teachers, online PD and scholarships work:

Cool Australia can help support your strategic waste education goals, including the Victorian Waste Education Strategy by providing online professional development to teachers to enable change to grow in schools and in the home. 

By providing scholarships to Cool Australia's accredited online PD courses, you will support council and educational priorities through educator training. 

 What courses does Cool Australia offer?

 Courses such as Use Primary Maths to Measure Waste where teacher utilise waste audits in the classroom to teach key mathematics concepts. 

 Analyse the Impact of Everyday Objects tells the story of stuff to year 7-10 students using a life cycle assessment tool. 

 For teachers who want to Create Change that Lasts, this course will show them how to increase schools participation in change.  

 Browse more courses here

 How it works?

  1. You select the number of courses to give out. 
  2. You are invoiced for the total.
  3. We provide instructions to hand out to teachers on how to access the course. 
  4. We will send reminders to educators about completing their course/s and a certificate for PD hours on completion.

Course costs are $29.95 for a one-hour course and $39.95 for a two-hour course.

 Why?

 Loddon Mallee ResourceSmart Schools Coordinator Ellen White and Facilitator Michelle Barton say providing Cool Australia scholarships is an excellent way to upskill teachers on sustainability issues

 “When working with the teachers we have limited hours,” Michelle says. “Teachers need ongoing resources to keep coming back to. Cool Australia ticks quite a few boxes including community waste education. All the resources are in one place – teachers can just grab and go.”

 Read the full case study here.

 Let's start winning the war on waste – if you would like more information please don't hesitate to get in contact via hannah@coolaustralia.org or pd@coolaustralia.org and we can arrange a time to chat. 


Resource- 'Consuming Planet Earth' (Consumer Affairs Victoria)

This resource looks at climate change and sustainabiltiy and is supports VELS, VCAL and VCE and can be downloaded through the consumer affairs website.


E-Learning Series

6 E-Learning Professional Develoment Sessions have been recorded on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Elluminate program, providing access to professional development through your computer at the time you need it and without having to travel.

To view and listen to a session please click on the topic you are interested. Each session goes for 1 hour.

SEED would like to thank the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) for their support and excitement for this Environment E-Learning Series - the first of its kind in Victoria.

The following list are organisations that SEED is aware of that provide professional development for teachers. Depending on funding the SEED project will be developing a coordinated North East professional development program for teachers relating to the topics of Biodiversity, climate change, waste and water. If you would like to be kept up to date of the SEED professional development program please email (insert email address).

Biodiversity

Organisation LandLearn (Department of Primary Industries)
Description Experience LandLearns simple and interactive VELS-linked activities which support the incorporation of studies about sustainable agriculture and natural resource management into schools' curricula. These workshops can be developed to cover a range of themes across VELS domains including teaching and learning activities about farming enterprises (cropping, livestock and horticulture), trees, plants and plant growth, pests in agriculture, worms, water, food and food production and soils.
Person(s) Landlearn Education Officer
Phone Number (03) 5482 0453
Email landlearn.program@dpi.vic.gov.au
Website http://www.landlearn.net.au/

Organisation Royal Botanic Gardens
Description The Royal Botanic Gardens Education Service provides teachers with a variety of professional development opportunities that will assist them in developing inquiry-based, integrated programs for use in the classroom. All programs are incorporate VELS and innovative pedagogies. Utilisation of the Gardens as a teaching resource is highlighted in each program. Sessions can also explore with you ways to use your school gardens to integrate science with the rest of your curriculum and make learning more practical, meaningful and fun.
Person(s) Royal Botanic Gardens Education Officer
Phone Number (03) 9252 2358
Email edserv@rbg.vic.gov.au
Website www.rbg.vic.gov.au/education

 
Organisation CSIRO
Description CSIRO Education can travel to your school with stimulating, curriculum-relevant professional development sessions for both primary and secondary teachers. These cover a wide range of topics mainly science based and can be tailored to suit the needs of your school.
Person(s)
Phone Number (03) 9252 6387
Email education.vic@csiro.au
Website http://www.csiro.au/services/ps1m0.html

Climate Change

Organisation EPA (airwatch)
Description Offers free teacher professional development sessions to schools. Sessions can be scheduled during or after school at staff, faculty or year level meetings, on planning days, at cluster meetings and on special event days.
Person(s) Community Support Education Team
Phone Number (03) 8710 5566
Email education.csu@epa.vic.gov.au
Website http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/students/resources/resources.asp#teacher

Sustainability (General)

Organisation CSIRO
Description CSIRO Education can travel to your school with stimulating, curriculum-relevant professional development sessions for both primary and secondary teachers. These cover a wide range of topics mainly science based and can be tailored to suit the needs of your school.
Person(s)
Phone Number (03) 9252 6387
Email education.vic@csiro.au
Website http://www.csiro.au/services/ps1m0.html

Organisation EarthWatch Institute
Description Teach Live is an experiential teaching and learning model designed to provide professional development opportunities to teachers whilst engaging students in real science. Teachers participate on an Earthwatch supported scientific research project and communicate their experiences to both their own students and those of other teacher team members using information communication technologies.
Person(s)
Phone Number (03) 9682 6828
Email earth@earthwatch.org.au.au
Website http://www.teachlive.org.au/

Organisation Gould League
Description School grounds for learning is a two day course plus online learning helps you to plan and manage the transformation of your school yard into a rich and stimulating play environment.
Person(s)
Phone Number (03) 9532 0909
Email info@gould.org.au
Website http://www.gould.edu.au/html/professional_development.asp

Organisation LandLearn (Department of Primary Industries)
Description Experience LandLearns simple and interactive VELS-linked activities which support the incorporation of studies about sustainable agriculture and natural resource management into schools' curricula. These workshops can be developed to cover a range of themes across VELS domains including teaching and learning activities about farming enterprises (cropping, livestock and horticulture), tree's, plants and plant growth, pests in agriculture, worms, water, food and food production and soils.
Person(s) Landlearn Education Officer
Phone Number (03) 5482 0453
Email landlearn.program@dpi.vic.gov.au
Website http://www.landlearn.net.au/

Organisation Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE)
Description VAEE run professional development for teachers on a wide range of topics and other training opportunities.
Phone Number (03) 9349 1806
Email vaee@vaee.vic.edu.au
Website http://www.vaee.vic.edu.au/events/

 Waste

Organisation North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Description Support for schools in North East Victoria can be sought to help your staff plan for waste reduction in your school and the integration of waste into the curriculum
Person(s) Schools Project Manager
Phone Number (03)5722 9498
Email seed@newrrg.vic.gov.au
Website www.newrrg.vic.gov.au

Water

Organisation North East Water
Description North East Water can provide free professional development to help your schools plan to be Water Wise and help to integrate water education into the curriculum.
Person(s) Education Officer
Phone Number (02) 6022 0580
Email education@nerwa.vic.gov.au
Website http://www.newater.com.au

Organisation Waterwatch
Description Waterwatch provides free professional development opportunities for teachers in North East Victoria to learn about Waterwatch, appropriate resources, and how this can be integrated into the school program.
Person(s) Waterwatch Coordinator
Phone Number (02) 6043 7600
Email carolyn.humby@necma.vic.gov.au 
Website http://www.necma.vic.gov.au/