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Position: Director at Large - Ontario Curriculum Reviewer & EE Teacher Advocate 
Type: board member / unpaid / volunteer
Organization: Ontario Society for Environmental Education
Location: Anywhere in Ontario 

The Ontario Society for Environmental Education is seeking a volunteer with experience and demonstrated expertise within the Not-For-Profit, governmental or environmental education sectors as a Director at Large, to assist with occasional Ontario Curriculum review, and EE advocacy on behalf of Ontario teachers.

The Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE) is a Subject Association for all educators, both formal and non-formal, who are interested in integrating environmental topics into their teaching practice.

The role of a Subject Association is to offer resources, news and information about curriculum related to a specific subject matter to teachers. Subject Associations can also send representatives to attend Ministry of Education meetings and advocate for their subject area.

Currently the main avenues of OSEE’s work include

  • Organizing an annual conference: EcoLinks
  • Hosting an online workshop series for educators: Interactions Live
  • Managing a website which includes a diversity of EE resources
  • Sharing EE events and opportunities through social media platforms
  • Advocating for environmental education and communicating with the Ministry of Education and other educational organizations
  • Connecting to and supporting the activities and resources of other environmental education organizations
  • Maintaining archives for our past publication: Interactions – The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education

OSEE is committed to principles of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.

In order to ensure that we are attuned to and inclusive of these principles in our work, we are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for the volunteer role without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, community identity, national origin, age and disability.

We recognize there is much work to be done in supporting the process of establishing right relations with the Indigenous Nations whose lands we are on. In order to ensure that we are attuned to and inclusive of these principles in our work, we welcome and encourage all qualified applicants for the volunteer role without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, community identity, national origin, age and disability.

We want to be transparent as a Board about where we’re at and what we’re doing in relation to addressing racism and inequity in education and the outdoors. For further details go to:

Position Overview

We are seeking a Director at Large who will contribute to the OSEE Board by:

  • Attending monthly board meetings, providing insight and strategic direction for the short and long term growth of OSEE’s work
  • Providing specialised expertise on behalf of OSEE in the form of reviewing and giving feedback to Ontario Curriculum through an EE, and equity-oriented lens, including:

    • Coordinating and writing responses to occasional invitations from the Ministry of Ontario to review certain areas of curriculum
    • Calling upon OSEE members to support curriculum feedback and give insight to areas in need of improvement
    • Attending the OTF Curriculum Forum (OTFCF) - which may be online in 2021 - typically folks meet three times a year, fall, winter (2 day retreat) and spring
    • Looking for avenues for advocating for the further advancement and embedment of EE across Ontario curricula (at all grade levels)
    • Advocating on behalf on Ontario teachers to create avenues for further EE training which build comfort and confidence in taking learning outside, and connecting learning to the environment
    • Attending online events and workshops which support the goal of advancing equity in education, and to the outdoors
    • Supporting teachers to arm themselves with Ministry policy which highlights EE and equity in the outdoors

Commitment (ongoing)

  • Attend 9-10 online Board meetings per year, once a month in the evening

  • Attend the AGM and a one day in-person, or online planning retreat in late Summer / early Fall (pending COVID-19 health and safety guidelines)
  • When applicable, plan, (co)facilitate and synthesize OSEE member feedback to invitations to review curriculum
  • Roughly a total of 5-7 hours per month

Benefits of joining the OSEE’s board

All board positions are volunteer-based. There are a number of ways as volunteers that we grow and benefit through experiences gained, as we work together to further advance EE towards becoming embedded in the Ontario school system. We encourage board members to put their energy and skills towards areas and projects which they are passionate about, and which may also advance skills-sets and expertise. We are able to offer each board member a small amount of PD money, which we encourage folks to use towards expanding one’s knowledge and experience in relation to equity in environmental education, and the outdoors.

Skills & Experience

  • A passion for supporting the advancement of environmental education across Ontario, and building capacity and community between teachers
  • Previous Board experience, familiarity with Ontario curriculum and EE policies, comfort in leading group facilitation, advocacy skills, and strong writing skills are preferred
  • Membership with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is required
  • The ability to expand our organization’s impact to support EE for french language teachers and learners is an asset, but not required

How to apply

If interested, please send us:

1. A 1-2 page letter outlining:

  • Who you are and what connects you to OSEE’s work and values
  • The relevant skills and experience that you can contribute to the board role
  • Aspects of environmental education that you’re passionate about advancing (e.g. equity in education, Indigenous perspectives, curriculum, resource accessibility, school gardens, advocacy, or developing teacher training, etc.)

2. A resume is optional

Send your application to:

Jessie Cowe - OSEE President: . Please quote the position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for applications is October 25th, 2020

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 29 2020    ID: 57587