PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Victoria Nature School Society offers cutting edge professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, primary teachers  (K-3), and college and university students focused on outdoor learning and early childhood education. We offer 2-hour workshops, 1/2 day workshops as well as one or two-day workshops. Please contact us to book a workshop or guest speaker for your conference,  staff professional development day, or to design a workshop specific to the needs of your learning community. We are based out of Victoria, BC but are happy to travel!

UPCOMING EVENTS 2019:​

OUTDOOR LEARNING in the SCHOOLYARD!

 

Friday, October 25th

Designed for K-Grade 3 Educators 

9:30am-3:30pm

Quadra Elementary School

Educators will learn:

  • Easy and fun nature-based activities that can be used in any schoolyard.

  • How to create routines that support regular outside learning.

  • How to connect outdoor learning & permaculture principles to the new BC curriculum.

  • The importance of creating nature connections for both student and staff wellness.

  • Design ideas for more nature-based and permaculture focused outdoor spaces in schoolyards.

  

Presented by:

Bonnie Davison, B.Ed, B.Mus, B.MT 

Education Consultant

Founder, Victoria Nature School Society, Forest School Practitioner, Permaculture Designer

SINGING ENGLISH LEVEL  2 

-Expand your Singing English expertise!

 

Saturday, Nov. 02, 9:30 a.m. – 03:30 p.m. PDT

Sunset Labs, 400 Herald St, Victoria, BC 

 

This training is designed for educators who have completed the Level 1 Training in person or have completed

watching the Level 1 Live-Stream recording. This training allows participants to expand upon the song-games

they have learned in Level 1 to explore how to apply Singing English techniques and the Sound to Symbol

Methodology to their literacy and language lessons. 

Educators will learn:​

  • Easy to learn and implement Sound to Symbol techniques such as song-maps, tapping & song-dotting                                                                     that will enhance current language arts lessons. 

  • A deeper understanding of the connection between song- games, and the development of literacy skills.

  • Developmentally appropriate and inclusive language and literacy activities that are easy to use both indoors and outdoors.

 

​*If you haven't attended a Singing English Level 1 Training with Bonnie, sign up right away to watch the replay of the Level 1 Livestream training that happened in May! Included in the registration for Level 1 are 4 free video support conference video calls for participants who would like support and some accountability to finish watching the replay before November 2nd! (calls are optional and will be recorded for those who can't watch them live)

The video calls will be via zoom video and will take place on the following Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST: 

October 3rd, October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd.

SINGING ENGLISH LEVEL 1 -REPLAY

 

Watch this so you can join us for Level 2!

*This online viewing is only available until November 1st, 2019 and is designed for preschool educators

as well as K-Grade 2 classroom teachers. 

Educators will learn:

  • Powerful tools, techniques and easy to implement lessons for using song-games to create a strong

  • foundation for reading, writing, and speaking success.

  • How to use song-games to create an inclusive learning environment for children of all abilities.

  • No music experience necessary!

This event was recorded on May 4th, 2019. To attend the Singing English Level 2 Training on November 2nd either in person or via live-stream, educators must either have attended in person a Level 1 training with Bonnie Davison or have completed watching the Level 1 live stream event before the Level 2 event on November 2nd, 2019.

FREE SUPPORT CALLS!

To support educators with the Livestream Level 1 training, Bonnie is offering 4 free conference calls. Each call will be no more than a half-hour long and each call will focus on one of the 4 sections of the Level 1 training. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, hear the song-games and a way to help educators hold themselves accountable to finish the training before Level 2 begins!

Once you register, you will be emailed the link to the Level 1 live-stream recording as well as a link for the conference video chats The video chats will be via zoom so please make sure you can watch zoom videos on your computer or device. The calls are planned for Wednesdays from 3:30-4:00 pm PST on the following days: October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th, and October 23rd. They will also be recorded so you can watch it later!

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE OFFERED YOUR COMMUNITY!

Level 1: Song-Games for Reading & Writing Success!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1 Educators, & Parents

 

Singing English is a research-based oral literacy program for children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports recent research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success. 

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Powerful tools, techniques and easy to implement lessons for using song-games to create a strong foundation for reading and writing success.

  • How to use song-games to create an inclusive learning environment for children of all abilities.

  • How to balance 'teaching' song-games in a child-directed program.

  • No music experience necessary! Participants will never be asked to sing by themselves or be put on the spot!

  • And yes,  song-games can happen inside or out!

 

Nature School 101-Making it Happen!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1 Educators, & Parents

This workshop is designed for K-Grade 3 educators who are thinking about adding a nature component to their current programming or for educators who have started to take their students outside more often but are wondering if they are on the right track. 

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • The 'must haves' when choosing an outdoor site.

  • No walls? -How does that affect classroom management and safety?

  • Risk Management -Being prepared for the unknown; writing a risk management plan

  • What does the first day of a nature program really look like? What routine works best for your students?

Coyote Mentoring & Forest Fun!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1 Educators, & Parents

 

Jay Roberts, founder of  Tofino Nature Kids and Bonnie Davison, founder of the Victoria Nature School team up to offer a day of inspiring sessions.

 

At the morning session educators will learn: 

  • An introduction to the Coyote Mentoring approach to Nature Education.

  • How the Coyote "teacher-trickster" inspires a compelling need to know, guiding the passion of the student to his or her own learning.

  • Coyote Mentoring Theory, interwoven with practical applications such as fun games and songs.

 

At the afternoon session educators will learn:

  • How routine is important even in a child-led program.

  • Songs and activities that help promote routine and safety in a forest or nature session.

  • Songs and activities that promote literacy as well as curiosity for nature.

Taking Literacy Outside -Yes You Can!

Designed for preschool, K, Grade 1-3 Educators & Parents

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Developmentally appropriate activities such as Singing English song-games that create strong literacy foundations for reading and writing success.

  • Classroom management tips for literacy activities in an outdoor classroom with no walls, chairs or tables.

  • How to extend a child's interest into reading and writing fun!

Nature Play: What is it how to make it happen!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1 Educators, & Parents

 At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Why children need to play outside.

  • How to create opportunities for physical and emotional risk-taking in nature play.

  • Practical strategies for safely taking children outside.

   

   Workshop facilitators:

    Sophie Cooper

    Educational Consultant and Play Work Trainer

    Bonnie Davison

    Founder/Director, Victoria Nature School; Founder, Singing English Education

Risky Play -Where to draw the line!

Designed for:Daycare, Preschool, K, & Grade 1-3 Educators, & Parents

 

Presented by: Bonnie Davison, Founder, Victoria Nature School

 

At this workshop, educadtors will learn will learn:

  • the benefits of taking risks

  • how to assess risk

  • and how to chose the ideal nature environment for maximum benefits!

Level 2:

Sound to Symbol Methodology & Techniques

 

This training program is designed for participants who have completed Level 1 Training and allows participants to expand upon the song-games they have learned in Level 1 Training to explore how to apply Singing English techniques and the Sound to Symbol Methodology to their literacy and language lessons.

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • A deeper understanding of the connection between song- games and development of literacy skills.

  • Sound to Symbol techniques such as song-maps, tapping & song-dotting.

  • Developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities that are easy to implement both indoors and outdoors.

RESOURCES:

The following is a list of local and not so local professional development opportunities for educators and outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning more about forest school programs, nature programs, outdoor education and outdoor learning.

 

Coyote Guide- Wilderness Awareness School

Based out of Washington State this school provides many varied wilderness programs. From 9 months long to weekend courses there are many options for adults interested in outdoor learning and education.

http://wildernessawareness.org/adult/

 

Forest School Canada – Forest and Nature School Practioner Course

“This course is an intensive, self-directed professional learning opportunity for educators and early childhood educators who want to start up their own Forest and Nature School programs in their places of work. The course takes most educators, 8-12 months to complete, and educators must commit to completing all course content in order to become a certified ‘Forest and Nature School Practitioner’ through Forest School Canada.Please see their website for more details.”

http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca/home/professional-learning-opportunities

 

Fresh Air Learning

North Vancouver Forest School Program offers many professional development opportunities. Please see their website for more information.

http://freshairlearning.org/professional-development-2/

 

If you know of other professional development courses please emails us the information so that we may include it on our website!