Teachers and their classrooms are invited to take part in an exciting new learning opportunity in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). This holistic program combines professional development for teachers, with a cross-curricular program for students in grades 4-8. With curriculum connections to science, social studies, geography, language and mathematics, students will use a variety of skills to create solutions to best achieve both the social and environmental objectives.
As participants, you will:
Learn the theory and tool of Integrative Thinking process that:
Help make our thinking explicit
Facilitates better collaboration
Apply the Integrative Thinking process to a real-world problem faced by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority at Tommy Thompson Park
Have access to support resources including video, slides and lesson plan
Co-develop best practices with other educators
Explore how you might use the Integrative Thinking process in the future for challenges in your own community
Be inspired by educators who have brought Integrative Thinking to their classrooms
Teachers receive two days of PD in Integrative Thinking and Innovation to support student creative problem solving.
Classess will visit Tommy Thompson Park to build their understanding of the challenge.
Real-Life Problem Solving
Students will solve a challenge for Tommy Thompson Park using Integrative Thinking. Recommendations will be presented at a Showcase.
Tommy Thompson Park Challenge
Students will be tasked with acting as consultants to the team at Tommy Thompson Park. Tommy Thompson Park is located on the Leslie Street Spit. It is an urban wilderness with opportunities for light recreational uses. The park has specific rules which aim to create, enhance, restore and protect the natural features of the manmade landscape while providing recreational opportunities for all. The main objectives of the staff and the park are to:
Preserve significant species;
Protect environmentally significant areas;
Enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitats; and
Enhance public recreation opportunities.
When open to the public on evenings, weekends and holidays, people use the roads and paths for biking, running and walking. There are rules in place to help people use the park in harmony with the wildlife. However, rules are frequently broken. For example, the speed limit of the park is 20 km/h and cyclists exceed that limit on a regular basis. Other rules that are often broken are:
No dogs, e-bikes, no drones, no skating, no fires, no camping
Removing anything from the park is not permitted. This includes: plants, plant parts, sediment, bricks, wildlife in any form etc.
Staying on the trail
This behaviour negatively impacts the wildlife and its growth. Not all guests follow the rules, which puts people and nature at odds.
How might we help the TRCA design Tommy Thompson Park for all?
Dates and Fee for PD
Friday, September 21st 8:30am to 3:30pm
Saturday, September 22nd 9am to 12pm
Check-In Date TBD
Fee for the professional development is $449 + HST. This includes all resources, materials, a light breakfast and lunch.
Dates and Fee for Class Trip to Tommy Thompson Park
The full-day class trip to Tommy Thompson Park is $420 + HST and a half-day trip is $255 + HST. The trip is organized directly with the TRCA. Dates for the trip are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Available dates are:
October 3rd, 4th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd.
Professional Development in September and class trip are taking place outside at Tommy Thompson Park. All areas are accessible. There is walking involved, though driving in the park can be accommodated.
December check-in location is TBD. It will be happening at a TRCA indoor site.