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 K - 12. 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

    • Enable creativity

    • 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 or design a custom challenge for your students

  • 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

 
This program is facilitated by I-Think Fellow  Erin Quinn.  She has taught grades 1-8 at the TDSB since 2007. Erin launched the 5 Days of Collaboration program that saw 200 students in grades 6-8 and 9 teachers engaging with Integrative Thinking.

This program is facilitated by I-Think Fellow Erin Quinn. She has taught grades 1-8 at the TDSB since 2007. Erin launched the 5 Days of Collaboration program that saw 200 students in grades 6-8 and 9 teachers engaging with Integrative Thinking.

This program is supported by  Raja Raudsepp.  Raja is a Teacher with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). She has worked as an educator with a number of environmental organizations. Raja highlights that we, as people, can absolutely have a positive impact on the biodiversity of our local habitats.

This program is supported by Raja Raudsepp. Raja is a Teacher with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). She has worked as an educator with a number of environmental organizations. Raja highlights that we, as people, can absolutely have a positive impact on the biodiversity of our local habitats.

 

Program Components

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Professional Development

Teachers receive two days of PD in Integrative Thinking and Innovation to support student creative problem solving.

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Field Trip

Classes have the opportunity to engage with experts from the TRCA. Students can visit Tommy Thompson Park to build their understanding of the challenge or engage in other opportunities with the TRCA, in your own community.

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Real-Life Problem Solving

Students will solve a challenge for Tommy Thompson Park or a customized challenge using Integrative Thinking.