Program Syllabus

Structure of the Program

This 75 hour certificate program includes a workshop series and a community placement with one of our partner organizations. It is designed for both B.Ed teacher candidates and community educators interested in or currently involved in social justice education. 

40 Hour Certificate: There is also the option to complete the workshop series without a community placement for a 40 Hour Certificate for community educators. (This does not meet the B.Ed Alternative Settings Placement 75 hour requirement).

Workshops (40 hours): Five workshops total; 4 Saturday workshops and one Sunday (Oct., Dec., Jan., Feb., April.)
Community Placement (35 hours): timelines to be confirmed with each partner organization but typically occur in the fall and winter.

For B.Ed teacher candidates: TEACH Outside the Box is recognized by the Trent School of Education and Professional Learning as an Alternative Settings Placement.


Syllabus 2018-2019  

Please Note: Workshops are closed sessions that are only open to current participants in the TEACH Outside the Box Program. 

TEACH Orientation: October 2nd from 5:00pm-7:30pm @ Trent University in the Gathering Space

Workshop # 1: Social Justice in the Classroom and Experiential Education through the Arts
Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 in the Gathering Space at Trent University

Facilitators: Part 1: Blair Niblett,  Assistant Professor,  Trent University School of Education  and Professional Learning
Part 2: Jill Staveley, Rock Camp 4 Girls*, and Trent Radio Production Manager & Deputy General Manager

  • How will you encourage all of your students to develop confidence in their own voices?
  • How will you incorporate meaningful experiential education and the arts into your teaching?

This workshop begins with an introduction to anti-oppression theory, human rights, and social justice education to provide a basis for the rest of the workshops in the program. In the second segment of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to experience and explore ways you can use music as a tool for addressing curriculum goals, fostering social connections, building confidence, and creating calm spaces in the classroom.

Workshop #2: Education for Change: The Theory and Practice of Popular Education
Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at Sadleir House, Hobbs Library

Facilitators: Julie Cosgrove, KWIC Executive Director, Cam Douglas, Director/teacher, Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) and guests

  • How can you and your students be agents of change?
  • What does democracy look like in learning spaces?
  • What is the connection between Radical Love and social justice education?

We will build upon TEACH Workshop #1 to introduce you to the concepts and tools of critical pedagogy and popular education through the work of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire and others to unpack the challenges and opportunities in social justice education, including an introduction to Popular Theater.

Workshop #3: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning
Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at Sadleir House, Hobbs Library

Facilitators: TRACKS Staff- Kristin Muskratt, Oshkwazin Program Coordinator
and Kelly King, TRACKS Outreach and Education Coordinator

  • Why is it important for Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators and students to engage with Indigenous histories, cultures and teachings?
  • How can Indigenous and non-Indigenous people build respectful and reciprocal relationships with the land and with each other?
  • How will you re-imagine a Canadian history course from an Indigenous perspective where Indigenous students see themselves reflected in the curriculum?

This workshop will focus on Indigenous education and its relevance to all students by exploring identity, decolonization, allyship and culturally responsive curriculum. By incorporating hands-on activities, talking circles, and guest speakers, we will explore how to introduce hard topics while practicing self-care for yourself to ensure that students are able to share and learn in a safe space.


Workshop #4: Building Inclusive, Welcoming Classrooms 

Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at Sadleir House, Hobbs Library

Part 1: Queer in the Classroom – Facilitated by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Associate Professor, Trent University School of Education Professional Learning

  • What teaching strategies help to affirm desire and love?
  • How do you include queer representation across the curriculum?

 In the first half part of the workshop, we will explore teaching strategies, resources, policies, ideas, and questions that protect and value gender and sexual minorities in our classrooms.  

Part 2: Cultural Competency – Facilitated by Nancy Stevens 

  • How will you welcome newcomer students in your classroom?
  • How can we understand our own culture?
  • How will we include cultural awareness and diversity training in our teaching?

The second part of the workshop will give you the opportunity to explore topics of race, culture, ethnicity, language and culture. You will continue to develop strategies and collect materials to add to your creative teaching toolbox.

Workshop #5: The TEACH-IN
Date: TBD (Early April, 2019) at Sadleir House, Hobbs Library

  • What successes and challenges have you experienced incorporating social justice education into your teaching practice?
  • Which tools will you use to create welcoming, equitable, and inclusive classrooms and to facilitate important conversations?

This final workshop is a celebration and creative sharing space to explore the successes and challenges of integrating social justice education into your teaching practice. The day will finish with a social involving food, networking and program reflection. Candidates will be asked to bring a personal reflection based on their experiences over the course of the program, to be shared with an understanding that all experiences – positive and negative, will provide us with a rich opportunity for dialogue and learning. Students who have completed their alternative placement hours will receive their Certificate of Achievement at this time. Students who are still completing their hours will receive their certificate from their host organization once hours are completed.

Revised October 22nd, 2018
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