Summer Institute

2019 Think&EatGreen@School Summer Institute

Food: People, Place, Possibilities

TEGS will host a three-day Summer Institute on 3-5 July 2019.  Registration is now open here.

The theme of this year’s Summer Institute is “Food: People, Place, Possibilities.”  Through three days of workshops, plenary sessions, shared meals, and networking, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of school food systems topics, including gardening across seasons, food preparation, messaging around food, and youth engagement.  While integrating food systems into curriculum will be a thread running throughout the Institute, curriculum and classroom activity development will be the focus of several sessions. Throughout the Institute, participants will have the opportunity to share, reflect on, and strengthen teaching and learning practices surrounding food systems.

We’ll be highlighting the speakers and facilitators on this page in the coming weeks!

The Institute will begin at approximately 8:30am each morning with a light breakfast, and end at approximately 3:30 each afternoon. Most activities will be based on or near UBC’s central campus, a short walk from both of the campus bus loops and the Health Sciences parking garage.  Lunch and a light breakfast each day are included in registration, and coffee, tea and snacks will be available.

Registration is $82.  Discount codes are available both for participants from school teams who received TEGS grants in 2018-2019, and for participants who attend with one or more colleagues from the same school.

For more questions, send us an email.

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Schedule:

 
Wednesday July 3
Thursday July 4
Friday July 5
8:30-9am
Registration and light breakfast
Light breakfast
Light breakfast
9:00-10:00am
Welcome and Introductions
AERL 107/8
Farm Tour
UBC Farm
Food Literacy Research, with Dr. Lisa Powell and Dr. Kerry Renwick
AERL 107/8
10:15-11:45am
Gardening and Growing Chefs lunch at Roots on the Roof, by Amanda Adams, Growing Chefs; and Dr. Will Valley
UBC Nest 4th floor 
Creative Cooking and Food Waste, led by Chef Selma van Halder, Growing Chefs
UBC Farm Kitchen
Gardening Activities for the Fall and Winter, led by Dr. Renee Prasad, UFV, Laura Ross, Coquitlam Teacher
AERL 107/8
12:00-1:00 pm
Garden Lunch
UBC Nest 4th floor
(ends at 12:45 to allow time to walk back to AERL)
Lunch at the Farm
UBC Farm
Sandwich Bar Lunch
AERL 107/8
1:00-2:30pm
Understanding Weight Bias
by Gerry Kasten, RD VCH
AERL 107/108
Exploring Garden Concepts through Games, by Stacy Friedman
UBC Farm
Engaging Youth in Leadership, led by Brendan Chan, Allison Dixon, Veronica Ma, Windermere Secondary School
AERL 107/8
2:30-3:30pm
End of Day Activity and Reflections , led by
by Dr. Kerry Renwick and Dr. Will Valley, UBC
AERL 107/108
Place-based Learning and Curriculum Integration, by Bruce Ford, Metro Vancouver
UBC Farm Yurt
Letters to Ourselves and Closing Activities
AERL 107/8
4pm-6pm (optional)
 
Unofficial TEGS Summer Institute Reunion (all alums of the SI and friends of TEGS invited)
UBC Farm Yurt
 
 

Speakers:

Check back here for updates on presenters during the summer institute.

Renee PrasadRenee

Renee Priya Prasad is an Assistant Professor in the Agriculture Technology Department at UFV. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University where she did field work on conservation biological control and applied ecology on both conventional and organic farms. Renee has been doing on-farm research in the Fraser Valley since 1999. She works closely with BC Ministry of Agriculture experts and various grower groups. She is also a board member for the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society. Since 2015 Renee has been collaborating with Kindergarten teacher Lara Ross on developing a school garden at Riverview Park Elementary School in Coquitlam BC.

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As an alumni of the Windermere Leadership Program, I’m so excited to be the new coordinator of this wonderful mini program. I wouldn’t be who I am without the experiences that this program gave me. From outdoor camps to innovative community based experiential learning, this program matches my passion for supporting meaningful learning experiences. My journey through this program led me to my passion for food and gardening, and prompted me to spend most of my time as a food educator in various organizations before starting my own organization at the University of British Columbia. Everyone can connect with food, and those diverse relationships are why I fell in love with food education. I hope to bring my experience of community building, food education, and alumni experience, to continue the amazing job that this program does in challenging students to develop systems thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leadership skills.

“Always in life an idea starts small, it is only a sapling idea, but the vines will come and they will try to choke your idea so it cannot grow and it will die and you will never know you had a big idea, an idea so big it could have grown thirty meters through the dark canopy of leaves and touched the face of the sky.”-Power of One

Gerry Kastenphotoforbio

Gerry Kasten loves food! He was born to a farming family and still helps his brother bring in the harvest each year.  He has an Honours Diploma in Commercial Cooking and has both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Nutrition. His Master’s research was on food choices amongst gay men. He has worked in Public Health in BC for the past twenty-four years, has led the boards of directors of both Dietitians of Canada and the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Gerry is also a Sessional Instructor in UBC’s Dietetics program.  Gerry’s chequered past has led him to a critical analysis of the constructions of gender, particularly as they are enacted through food.

He wants to live in a world where people celebrate food, sharing it with those they love, taking its pleasure without restraint because its flavour saturates their most sensuous appetites.

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Stacy Friedman is a former classroom teacher and holds an MA in Curriculum and Pedagogy. She has 14 years experience facilitating intergenerational garden-based education programs. Stacy has worked with children, youth, university students, educators, farmers, elders and other community members to care for the land, grow, harvest, cook, eat, and learn together. She believes food connects us all and helps us understand our responsibilities to ourselves, each other, and to the Earth. She is fascinated by all of nature, loves engaging communities in learning and taking action together, and finds fulfillment in preparing and sharing food with others.

Exploring Garden Concepts through Games – Stacy Friedman
In this session, participants will explore ways to introduce and deepen understanding of garden concepts through games! Games can help improve student focus and understanding in botany, ecology, observation, and applied math, and improve comprehension, engagement, and collaboration when students are caring for their gardens.

Allison DixonAllison dixon

Allison Dixon is a teacher at Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver. Her love of gardening, community, and collaboration has led her to become more involved with gardening and sustainability initiatives at Windermere, including co-sponsoring the Garden Club, which helps to run the school garden, greenhouse, and orchard. She also teaches within the Leadership mini-school, a program built on the values of social responsibility, community engagement, and outdoor education.

Veronica Ma

I am a Cafeteria Training teacher at Windermere Secondary. I am passionate about food and incorporating sustainability issues into the kitchen where we learn in a hands on environment. I am still very much in the learning phase, but in the knowledge that I lack, I make up for in volume and enthusiasm.

Bruce Fordbruce ford

Bruce is a proud husband, father, teacher and Metro Vancouver resident. He lives, works, plays and learns on the unceded, traditional lands of the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish First Nations.

Bruce was inspired to be a teacher by his experiences living overseas with family in Malaysia and Ethiopia. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria and a Master’s Degree in Science and Sustainability Education from the University of British Columbia.

As a teacher, teacher educator and as Sustainability Education Coordinator for Metro Vancouver School & Youth Leadership Programs, Bruce combines his passion for sustainability, education and leadership to influence awareness and action for sustainability. Through experiential education programs that are personal, purposeful, action-oriented, place-based and fun, Bruce supports teachers, learners and leaders of all ages to know, value and actively care for the built and natural systems we depend upon every day!

Workshop: Putting Food & Sustainability on the Map in Metro Vancouver – and beyond!
Delve into the Principles of Place-Based Education! Explore ideas, strategies and tools to engage students to learn, to live, to think and to link – locally!
Explore strategies and resources to make learning about food and sustainability topics real, relevant, regional, action-oriented and fun!
(This workshop will be a modified version of Metro Vancouver’s Shift Happens: Exploring Sustainability in the Classroom and beyond! (A Metro Vancouver School Programs – Teacher Professional Development Workshop)

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2018 Summer Institute

The Power of Food

TEGS will be hosting a three-day Summer Institute on 3-5 July 2018.  The theme of this year’s Summer Institute will be “The Power of Food.”  Food not only has the power to sustain us physically, it is also part of the structures and systems which connect humans to each other and to our environments. At the TEGS Summer Institute, we will be immersing ourselves in a wide range of food-related topics to explore how food systems shape and are shaped by relationships and resources in our classrooms, communities, and beyond.

Though three days of workshops, plenary sessions, and networking, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of school food systems topics, including gardening, cooking, Indigenous perspectives, nutrition, food access, and youth engagement.  While integrating food systems into curriculum will be a thread running throughout the Institute, curriculum and classroom activity development will be the focus of several sessions. Throughout the Institute, participants will have the opportunity to share, reflect on, and strengthen teaching and learning practices surrounding food systems.

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The Institute will be based on UBC’s central campus, a short walk from both of the campus bus loops and the Health Sciences parking garage.  Lunch each day is included in registration, and coffee, tea and snacks will be available.  On 4 July, participants will be invited (but certainly not required) to join community members in a celebration of the life of Dr. Alejandro Rojas, the founder of TEGS, at the UBC Farm following the conclusion of the day’s Institute activities (starting at approximately 4pm). Following the final day of the Institute, there is an optional dinner opportunity in conjunction with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, for which a limited number of tickets are available.

The institute is primarily designed for K-12 teachers, administrators, and staff.  Please email us at think.eat.green@ubc.ca if you are not in one of these roles, but are interested in attending.

Early bird registration ($125) is available through 15 June.  Regular registration ($150) will continue through 28 June at 5pm.  Late/Walk-up registration ($170) might be available, but we recommend contacting the TEGS team at think.eat.green@ubc.ca between 29 June and 2 July to see if there is still space.

TEGS SI Registration

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