Learning for a Sustainable Future and CCUNESCO present: 

The 2024 UNESCO Schools Network National Conference: The Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action

Welcome Conference Attendees (teachers, students and special guests!) This page is your home base for all the info, materials & links that you will need for this event. 

Please reach out to jenn@LSF-LST.ca if you have any questions or feedback! 

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Pre-Conference Action Items:

 Travel Honorariums:
  • In order to receive your allocated travel honorarium (if required), please send UNESCO an invoice with the GST# and a void cheque to dianne.gravel@ccunesco.ca and include a copy of the flight invoices before March 27th.
      • Reminder: the Invoice should be in the name of:
        Canada Council for the Arts/CCUNESCO, 150 Elgin St, PO Box 1047, Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

Media Release Forms:
  • These forms were sent to you via email, please find and return these forms before April 2nd. This form gives us permission to take photographs and/or videos during the event. 
  • If you’ve misplaced your forms, you can download the Individual Media Release Form here, or blank Group Media Release Form here
Student Talent Show
  • Encourage your students to get involved in our Conference Talent Show by signing up here. Entries can include anything from dance performances, spoken word poetry, speeches, comedy, videos, art pieces you bring with you! 
Background Knowledge (Optional)
  • Climate Change 101: This course designed by our partners at Let’s Talk Science will bring your students up to speed on climate change knowledge before starting the Forum workshops!
    > Access the course

Conference Program

Time: 5:30PM-8:30PM
 
What can you expect:
  • Register your team & receive all conference materials
  • A delicious buffet dinner
  • Welcome remarks from UNESCO, LSF, Toronto Botanical Gardens
  • Time to mingle/network with your fellow conference attendees
  • Musical Performances
  • Student Icebreakers
  • Screen Print your own merchandise!
  • Exhibitor Booths from Vendors including:
    • York University Environment & Urban Change
    • The Center for Global Education
    • Toronto Botanical Gardens
    • & more
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Daily Schedule:
  • 8:45-9:00: Registration Opens
  • 9:00-9:50: Welcome & Special Keynote Speakers featuring:
  • 9:55-10:55: Student Workshop 1/Teachers begin Professional Development
  • 10:55-11:15: BREAK
  • 11:15-12:15: Student Workshop 2
  • 12:20-1:40: LUNCH
  • 1:45-2:45: Student Workshop 3
  • 3:00-4:00: TBG Biodiversity Study
  • 4:00-4:20: Closing Remarks/Workshop Wrap-up
  • 4:20-6:00: FREE TIME/ Teachers reunite with students 
  • 6:00-7:00: Dinner
  • 7:15-8:30: Evening Program/Student Talent Show
Royal Ontario Museum
Daily Schedule:
  • 8:15-8:30: Doors Open
  • 8:30-9:05: Welcome back!/Teachers begin PD
  • 9:10-10:10: Student Workshop 4
  • 10:10-10:30: BREAK
  • 10:30-11:30: Student Workshop 5
  • 11:40-12:15: Student Action Project Planning 
  • 12:15-12:35: Action Project Sharing/Teachers re-join students for sharing
  • 12:35-12:50: Final Remarks/Prizes
  • 1:00: Lunch

CGE Student-Led Showcase: Invite your students at home to participate LIVE!

Share these resources with classes that weren’t able to make the trip to Toronto & join The Centre for Global Education’s Student-Led Showcase LIVE from anywhere!

Download the FREE educator guide here.

FAQ

Transportation:
  • We have organized buses to shuttle conference attendees between the hotels & Toronto Botanical Gardens (~25 minute drive) as well as the Royal Ontario Museum (~45-50 minute drive)
    • April 9th:
      • Buses depart the Hilton Garden Inn at 5:00PM
      • Buses depart the Toronto Botanical Gardens at 8:30PM
    • April 10th
      • Buses depart the Hilton Garden Inn at 8:00AM 
      • Buses depart the Toronto Botanical Gardens at 8:30PM
    • April 11th
      • Buses depart the Hilton Garden Inn at 7:15AM
      • After the conference ends at the ROM, we no longer have group transport organized, we encourage you to take the TTC back to the hotel or to the airport. See airport transport FAQ for more details. 

You should have been notified already about where you have been booked. All conference attendees are staying at 2 neighbouring hotels

  1. Hilton Garden Inn, Address: 3201 Hwy 7, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z21. 
  2. Residence Inn Toronto Vaughan, 11 Interchange Way, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, L4K 5W

  • NOTE: *If you have not already sent any serious dietary restrictions to LSF, please do so as soon as possible.
  • All food throughout the conference will be vegetarian to reduce our carbon footprint, and nut free.
  • We will provide Dairy Free/Gluten Free Options
April 9th
  • Buffet Dinner will be served at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG)
April 10th
  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Lunch & Dinner provided at TBG
April 11th 
  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Lunch provided at the Royal Ontario Museum

Note that teachers will be separated from the students, in professional development sessions (in the same building) while students attend their workshops.

However, students will under the supervision of an adult educator, facilitator, volunteer, or staff at all times.

Packing List
  • Be prepared to move around and go outside! April weather in Toronto (and anywhere really!) is unpredictable.
    • Warm clothes
    • Good walking shoes
    • Hat/sunscreen
  • Computer/note-taking device
  • Reminder that we will have an opportunity for everyone to silk-screen their own sustainable conference merch!
    • In order to participate, bring an old t-shirt, tote bag, sweater or anything that you want to add a special design to! 

Note that this portion of your travel is not covered by CCUNESCO.

Suggested travel routes:

Toronto Pearson Airport to Hilton/Marriott:

  1. Public Transport (~51 minutes, $7.55/traveller 13 and over, 1 transfer) :
    • Take the Go Transit Bus #40 from Terminal 1 to the Highway 407 Bus Terminal
    • Highway 407 Bus Terminal connects to the TTC, where you can travel northbound one stop from Highway 407 station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
      • Travel for the whole route is covered under a single fair if credit or debit is used to tap on. 
  2. Uber/Lyft ($30-$45 depending on arrival time, 17-25 minute drive)

Royal Ontario Museum to Toronto Pearson Airport

  1. Public Transport (~40 minutes)
    • Take the TTC southbound from Museum Station > Union Station (7 mins, 5 stops) 
      • Payment options include: single fare ticket purchase in any station – specify youth fare ($2.40), or credit/debit tap ($3.25/adult)
    • Follow signs for the UP Express towards Pearson Airport (25 mins, 3 stops)
      • Tickets can be purchased at any automated ticket machine at Union Station (adult fare: $12.35)
      • Group passes can be purchased in advance on the UP Express Website  (e.g. $40/5 people)
  2. Uber/Lyft (~50 minutes, $35-45)

 

 

This project was undertaken in partnership with LSF & CCUNESCO. Supported by the ROM and Toronto Botanical Gardens.

Learn more about each partner:

Key Conference Information:

Dates: April 9-11, 2024

York University Strike Update:

Due to the ongoing strike at York University, we have made the decision to move all conference events that were scheduled there to the wonderful space at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. For this reason, the hotels are a little farther away from the events than we had initially planned, and we will be bussing everyone to and from this venue, we appreciate your understanding. 

Teacher Professional Development Info:

While your students are attending workshops learning about the many facets of sustainability & climate change, all the teachers will be attending a professional development session with LSF’s experienced educators: Nathalie Lauriault and Michele Martin.

Details:

  • Bilingual
  • While students learn, teachers learn too!
  • Explore how to connect your curriculum to climate change and the SDGs
  • Connect with educators from across Canada
  • Access to high quality resources
  • Focus on transformative teaching strategies

Action Project Grant

After attending this conference, your school will walk away with an Action Project Grant to support student action! Encourage your students to attend each workshop with this in mind, thinking about what tangible projects they can take on! We will be asking each school to report on these grants before the end of the school year.

Additional Resources