Peel EcoSchools

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) enables Peel schools participating in the EcoSchools Canada* program by providing professional development workshops, student opportunities, and grants. These opportunities support climate change mitigation and education.

Generous support for the Peel EcoSchools program is provided by Region of Peel.

*EcoSchools Canada is a registered charity that aims to nurture environmental leadership, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. EcoSchools Canada administers the EcoSchools program.



Teacher PD Opportunities

Opportunities are announced regularly. Check back here for details!

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION IN PEEL SCHOOLS: LEADER WORKSHOP

Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have designed a full-day leadership workshop opportunity for teachers, administrators and parents of K-8 Peel students to learn more about and be better prepared to support their students in becoming more active on their commutes to and from school.

Mobilizing your school to change travel behaviours takes a team, so we have designed these workshops for groups of two to four people per school to tackle together.

When registering for this workshop schools will be asked to sign up two to four individuals (teachers, parents, and/or administrators) to participate. If you can’t find a team member but still want to participate, just reach out to the organizer and we will help you register.

For teachers, supply release is available and school board procedures will be followed.

teachers participate in Peel EcoSchools active transportation workshop

There are three workshop dates and locations to choose from:*

Caledon Workshop
Tuesday April 28, 2020

Albion Hills Field Centre
16500 Regional Rd 50
Caledon, ON, L7E 3E7
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Mississauga Workshop
Wednesday April 29, 2020

Mississauga Valley CC and Library
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
Mississauga, ON, L5A 3R8
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Brampton Workshop
Thursday April 30, 2020

Chinguacousy Ski Chalet
9050 Bramalea Rd
Brampton, ON, L6S 6G7
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All workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You are welcome to register for whichever workshop is most convenient for your team members. However, please note that each workshop will include content that is relevant to the specific municipality.

Please contact Courtney Cudmore, Program Manager, Education and School Services at courtney.cudmore@trca.ca if you have questions or would like to be added to the waitlist.

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP NOW

*PLEASE NOTE: We understand that current public health concerns and job action may impact teacher participation in this PD opportunity. Eligible and interested teachers who wish to attend are encouraged to register. TRCA will update registrants as ongoing changes to the workshops occur.

 

VOICES FROM THE LAND*

UPDATE: The Voices from the Land workshop originally scheduled for March 26, 2020 is postponed. If you are interested in Voices from the Land and would to be informed of future workshops, please contact Peggy Cheng, Coordinator, Peel EcoSchools at peggy.cheng@trca.ca to be added to our list.


Monarch Teacher Network of Canada is proud to present Voices from the Land, an interactive workshop that explores the intersections between language, culture and the natural world, and celebrates our connection to the land and our relationship with each other.

EcoSchools teachers take part in Voices From the Land workshop at Albion Hills Field Centre

Expert educators will take participants through the Voices process, a creative and collaborative exploration of art, photography, language, and performance. This process equips participants with the skills, resources, and perspectives to nurture artistic reflection and expression in their learners.

Participant fees and supply release for eligible teachers from Peel District School Board (PDSB) and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) are generously provided by Peel EcoSchools. Eligible teachers will have received a code from their board communications to enter when registering for this workshop.

 

FALL LAUNCH PD SESSIONS

During the 2019-2020 school year, TRCA Peel EcoSchools hosted three fall launch professional development workshops. Teachers learned about the EcoSchools Canada program, shared ideas, and engaged with partner organizations for opportunities to assist in their EcoSchools Canada certification.

teachers participate in Peel EcoSchools stream study project
teachers on bikes participate in Peel EcoSchools professional development workshop
teachers participate in Peel EcoSchools professional development workshop at Small Arms Building

A total of 99 EcoLeads from across the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) and Peel District School Board (PDSB) participated. Thank you to those attended!

You can access resources from the fall launch PD sessions HERE.

 

Peel EcoSchools Grant

Schools may apply for a grant of up to $250 (excluding HST). The purpose of this grant is to provide support to schools pursuing EcoSchools Canada certification.

Funds must be used for a project, activity, or campaign that directly supports your school’s EcoSchools Canada certification.

Applications open on February 18, 2020, and will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for applications is is April 30, 2020 or until all grants have been awarded, whichever comes first.

Peel EcoSchools Grant Process

  1. Apply for funding
  2. Receive approval from Peel EcoSchools
  3. Implement your project/activity/campaign
  4. Report and receive reimbursement for funds used

Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a school in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) or Peel District School Board (PDSB) within the Region of Peel.
  • You must be seeking EcoSchools Canada certification in the 2019-20 school year.
  • Funding must be applied exclusively to activities that support EcoSchools Canada certification.
  • Funds must be spent prior to June 1, 2020.
  • Your completed report and receipts must be submitted 10 business days after purchase in order to be reimbursed.
  • Activities must demonstrate whole-school engagement.
  • Activities must address climate change.

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Resources

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Peel EcoSchools 2019 Fall Launch PD Session

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Digging It

A guide to greening your school grounds, with tips, tricks and techniques to make your space bio-diverse and beautiful!