Imaginative Ecological Education: Developing Sense of Place & Ecological Understanding With Elementary Students (Part 1 of 2)

Engaging students with their natural and cultural contexts is a central aim of Imaginative Ecological Education, or IEE. Through cross-curricular practices like The Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018), IEE can help develop students’ sense of place and leave them feeling connected in different ways with the contexts in which they live and learn. This interactive session will introduce K-5 teachers to learning principles and practical strategies that can help students engage with the mystery and wonder of the world around them as they meet curricular objectives. 


Format: We will begin online in a large group and then we will break to sample the walks outdoors during the first morning workshop session (10:00-11:00). We will return online to debrief and discussion in small groups in the second morning workshop session (11:30-12:30).  Please register for both workshop sessions. 

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Participants should be prepared to go outside individually mid-way through the workshop. Rain or shine!


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • Gillian Judson

    Gillian Judson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She teaches in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction programs. Her current research looks at the role of imagination in leadership. Dr. Judson’s previous scholarship examines imagination’s role in learning (K-post-secondary), imaginative and ecological teaching practices (PreK through post-secondary), and imaginative assessment in the post-secondary context. Her latest books are entitled Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom. (Egan & Judson, 2016), Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies For Teaching (Judson, 2015), and A Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018/2019).