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Events & Courses

LfS Scotland organises an ongoing programme of events and training course for members and non-members.  You can always find details of these on this page.  Members of LfS Scotland will get email updates about new events and courses as they are announced or follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date.

  • Fri
    23
    Jan
    2015
    09:30 - 16:00Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

    A one-day course for Head Teachers, Depute Head Teachers and Principal Teachers in primary or secondary schools, and local authority officers with a key role in supporting Learning for Sustainability.

    This highly interactive programme will highlight simple steps that school leaders can take to develop an effective whole-school approach to Learning for Sustainability. It will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability requirements in your school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of your pupils.

    A free follow-up twilight course, 15:30-17:00 on 11th Feb 2015, is available to provide the opportunity for continuing collaboration with colleagues and for sharing insights from critical self-evaluation, reflection and enquiry.

    Cost: £125 including resource pack, lunch & refreshments
    Please click here to book a place on this course.

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015
    13:00 to 16:00Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

    Part I - 06 Feb 2015, 13:00-16:00
    Part II - 04 Mar 2015, 16:30-18:00

    This interactive two-part course highlights key steps teachers can take to address the Learning for Sustainability content of the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards.

    Participants will work on developing an effective personal Professional Development Plan to address the Learning for Sustainability requirements of the Professional Update process, and implement this in ways that will significantly enhance practice and the educational experience of your pupils.

    The twilight session will provide the opportunity for continuing collaboration with colleagues and for sharing insights from critical self-evaluation, reflection and enquiry.

    Cost: £125 including resource pack & refreshments
    Please click here to book a place on this course.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015
    9:30 amMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    LfS Scotland member EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges Scotland) is hosting a full-day social media workshop on Thursday 5 March 2015.

    Social media has changed the way people communicate – giving organisations an amazing opportunity to truly engage supporters, reach new audiences, influence key decision makers, build new partnerships and to promote their services.

    Hosted by Ross McCulloch, Founder of Third Sector Lab & Be Good Be Social, EAUC's social media workshop cuts through all the hype and jargon, helping you think strategically about Twitter and Facebook, blogging, video for the web and more. They aim to show you how to develop a simple social media strategy, how you can measure your success and how you can protect your staff with a robust policy and guidelines.

    You’ll come away from the workshop with everything you need to get started with social media work for your organisation.

    This is the fourth year EAUC have run this workshop with the 2014 session receiving 100% excellent feedback. If you're looking to develop your social media skills, then this course could be for you.

    Click HERE for full details.

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015
    University of Glasgow, Glasgow

    Learn how nurturing children and young people's character - their values, skills & attributes - can empower, aid transitions and improve outcomes. Enhance connections between the people, organisations and policy agendas that are pertinent to this cause. Inspire fresh approaches by re-introducing the concept of character as a way of exploring the relationships between individuals and society.

    Full booking details here.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015
    Edinburgh

    The Spokes Spring public meeting will discuss the future of Edinburgh City Centre - particularly Princes Street & George Street, and the role of the bicycle there.

    Headline speaker is Cllr. Lesley Hinds convener of Edinburgh City's Transport Committee, asking 'Which Way Does Edinburgh City Centre Move Next?'

    Full details here.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

    This is the official launch event of Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland. This FREE one-day event will include a programme of presentations and workshops, plus lunch and refreshments. It's a great opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor experiences, grow more confident in taking learning outdoors, gain new ideas and inspiration, and network with others.

    Booking details to follow soon, so save the date!

    Full information here.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    Good meeting, workshop or event facilitation not only gets work done, but also involves, supports & empowers people. Anyone can learn to facilitate, and EAUC provide in-depth training, hosted by an experienced trainer from People & Planet, will help you learn and practice the tools needed.

    Full details here.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    We are hosting two member events on 21 May 2015 which look at developing funding strategies. Feedback from our AGM showed that fundraising is becoming a bigger part of LfS Scotland members' day-to-day working lives. We found that many of us have limited or no experience of the fundraising process; or of how to tailor our language so we speak effectively to funders; or even how to be confident and ask for the money we need to move our projects forward.

    As a result, we've developed two fundraising workshops on Thursday 21 May 2015 at Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh.

    Workshop 1: The morning session - Getting The Basics Right is aimed at staff, volunteers and Board members who are new to or starting to fundraise and wish to build their knowledge, skills and confidence

    The objectives are:

    • To understand the things that need to be in place before you start to fundraise
    • To gain an overview of the current funding landscape in Scotland
    • To look at the elements of a effective case for support – the basis for all successful fundraising

    Click HERE for more information on this workshop.

    Workshop 2: The afternoon session - Approaching Funders Effectively - is aimed at staff, volunteers and Board members who are seeking support for their organisation and wish to explore a range of sources – It is useful to have attended Getting the Basics Right, but not essential

    The objectives are:

    • To review the range of sources of support available – who has the money, how much do they have, who gets it and how much does it cost to raise?
    • To identify what part of the organisational work should be matched with what funding source
    • To look at a variety of approaches and formats for a range of funders
    • To discuss sustainability and full cost recovery

     Click HERE for more information on this workshop

    How to book:

    All workshops can be booked by clicking HERE. Each workshop can be booked as single sessions at a half-day rate of £60 or both can be booked as a full-day event for £100.

    This event is for members of LfS Scotland. Sessions are fully participatory and provide practical skills to take back into the work place. Spaces are limited to please book your place to avoid disappointment.

    A light lunch & refreshments will be provided and a detailed agenda will be supplied nearer the time, although the morning session is likely to start at 10am and the afternoon session likely to end around 4.30pm.

    If you have any questions about the workshops or anything else in connection with LfS Scotland please Abi Cornwall, Development Officer

     

     

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015
    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    This event is now fully booked. Due to demand we will aim to host this training course again later in 2015. Please contact Abi Cornwall if you would like to be kept informed about a second course.

     

    With social media, LfSS members have a fantastic tool at their finger tips to help them communicate with a broader range of people than ever before.

    Social media has changed how we talk to people and there are simple and effective ways to harness its power so that we truly engage with our supporters. With the click of a few buttons we can easily reach new audiences, influence key decision makers, build new partnerships and to promote our services to expand our message.

    This is a hugely useful, interactive training session, hosted by Hosted by Ross McCulloch, Founder of Third Sector Lab & Be Good Be Social The workshop cuts through all the hype and jargon, helping you think strategically about Twitter and Facebook, blogging, video for the web and more. We’ll show you how to develop a simple social media strategy, how you can measure your success and how you can protect your staff with a robust policy and guidelines.

    Even if you are currently using social media in your work, this training session will develop knowledge you already have and give you a stack of new ideas to boost your output, whilst reducing the amount of time you spend on it.

    This is a full-day, interactive training session. You will leave the session with lots of new practical skills to take back into your workplace and you will have access to resources online to use for a long time to come.

    The session costs £60 with refreshments provided.

    A more detailed agenda will be available in the very near future.

    To book your place, please complete the form HERE.

    If you would like further information, or have any queries about this workshop please contact Abi Cornwall, Development Officer.

     

     

  • Mon
    13
    Jul
    2015
    Fri
    17
    Jul
    2015
    Comrie Croft, Perthshire

    Nourish Scotland are delighted to announce the first Food Leadership programme, taking place this summer. It will be a cornerstone in building a Scotland-wide movement for a just and sustainable food system, and will lay the foundation for a longer leadership programme to be held in 2016. We're inviting up to thirty aspiring food leaders from across Scotland to immerse in a collective learning process and develop the skills to make a real difference in Scotland and beyond.

    To find out more - email Olga Bloeman or visit the Nourish Scotland website.

  • Wed
    12
    Aug
    2015
    Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015
    Glasgow

    LfS Scotland members Be Good, Be Social are hosting a variety of social media training sessions in Glasgow throughout the next three months.

    - Writing for the Web: How to create compelling copy, work with wicked websites, Wed 12th Aug
    - Social Media Essentials: Strategy, content planning, hands-on sessions and more, Thurs 27th Aug
    - Using case studies: telling stories and demonstrating impact, Mon 7th Sept
    - Getting the most out of Google Analytics, Ad Words and Google Ad Grants, 17th Sept
    - Email marketing: Take your newsletters and campaigns to the next level, Wed 14th Oct

    Be Good Be Social events and training are organised by Ross McCulloch. Ross is also the founder of Scottish digital media consultancy Third Sector Lab.

    Full details are available on the website.

  • Fri
    04
    Sep
    2015
    Sun
    06
    Sep
    2015
    Comrie Croft, Perthshire

    Autumn Unconference – Making Time to Take Time
    Are you working hard in your community helping make a lower carbon world or building local resilience? Are you looking for inspiration from exciting initiatives across Scotland? Would you like a group of like-minded people to reflect with and learn from? For all this and more - join us for a family friendly weekend of workshops, good food and entertainment.

    For more info and booking go to: http://www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk/

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    Fri
    11
    Sep
    2015
    Hamburg

    The event´s theme is "“Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions.” All details are available on-line HERE.

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

    Leadership for Sustainability: Professional Learning for Educators

    Learning for Sustainability Scotland, in partnership with the Moray House School of Education, is now taking bookings for this participative Professional Learning opportunity for educators.

    Leadership for Sustainability Friday 2 October 2015

    09.30am till 16:00 + follow-up twilight A one-day course for Head Teachers, Depute Head Teachers and Principal Teachers in primary or secondary schools, and local authority officers with a key role in supporting Learning for Sustainability. This highly interactive programme will highlight simple steps that school leaders can take to develop an effective whole-school approach to Learning for Sustainability. It will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability requirements in your school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of your pupils.

    A free follow-up twilight course, 16:30-18:00 on 28 October 2015, is available to provide the opportunity for continuing collaboration with colleagues and for sharing insights from critical self-evaluation, reflection and enquiry. Cost: £125 including resource pack, lunch & refreshments

    For further information and to book a place on this course please email Betsy King.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015
    Findhorn EcoVillage

    Findhorn Eco Village invite you to take part in their new training course. Comprising of five separate week long modules, which may be attended as a whole or separately. There are 5 modules to the course  – Social, Ecological, Economic, Worldview and Participatory Leadership, building on practical as well as theoretical knowledge.

    Full information is available on the website.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015
    Sat
    10
    Oct
    2015
    Knoydart

    This residential course introduces the basic principles and practices of the Natural Change approach to anyone interested in facilitating change for sustainability. Over six days participants experience Natural Change personally, before exploring the theory and practice of this powerful and innovative approach to leadership training.

    Full information available on the website.

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  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
    1:00 pmMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

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    You are warmly invited to participate in this fantastic seminar on Thursday 5th November  1-4pm in Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh.  This seminar is for third sector, local and national government with an interest in Learning for Sustainability in schools.   This seminar will:

    • EXPLORE the contribution of Education to the new UN Sustainable Development Goals,
    • PROVIDE an update on progress with the recommendations for Scotland’s schools made in the Learning for Sustainability Report
    • OFFER an opportunity to discuss how to contribute to this work in Scotland.

    In September 2015 193 countries across the world agreed the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals. They set a challenge for every country to tackle poverty, inequality, climate change and sustainable development with Education, and learning as a central component.   In Scotland, Scottish Government ministers accepted in 2013 that all learners in Scotland’s schools should have an entitlement to Learning for Sustainability supported by practitioners, a whole school approach, school buildings, grounds and policies. Learning for sustainability incorporates global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights.   Contributors include:

    • Professor Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development,
    • Professor Pete Higgins, Chair of The Scottish Government’s LfS Implementation Group
    • Ian Menzies, Education Scotland.

    Booking Information:

    This is a FREE event, which we anticipate reaching capacity. Bookings have not yet been launched and we strongly advise that you register your details on the waiting list so that we can send you a registration form when bookings do go live. You can do so by clicking on the button below.

    This event is organised by Learning for Sustainability Scotland with support from The Scottish Government.
    Click here to book your place .
  • Fri
    13
    Nov
    2015
    5:00 amMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    Learning for Sustainability in your
    GTCS Professional Update Portfolio

    Part I - 13 November 2015, 13:00-16:00
    Part II – 10 December 2015, 16:30-18:00

    This interactive two-part course highlights key steps teachers can take to address the Learning for Sustainability content of the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards.

    Participants will work on developing an effective personal Professional Development Plan to address the Learning for Sustainability requirements of the Professional Update process, and implement this in ways that will significantly enhance practice and the educational experience of your pupils.

    The twilight session will provide the opportunity for continuing collaboration with colleagues and for sharing insights from critical self-evaluation, reflection and enquiry.

    Cost: £125 including resource pack & refreshments
    For further information and to book a place on this course please email Betsy King.

  • Wed
    25
    Nov
    2015
    Fairer Greener Scotland by 2030Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

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    LfS Scotland are proud to support this event, join us to participate in discussions to feed into the Fairer Scotland consultation & shape a plan for 2030.
    Wednesday 25 November
    at Moray House School of Education or...
    Tuesday 1 December
    at Glasgow Caledonian University

    You are warmly invited to join a #FairerScotland conversation - to explore social justice and sustainability issues – at 5.30 - 8.30pm Wednesday 25 November at Paterson’s Land Room G1, University of Edinburgh Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ. #FairerGreener
    We invite participants to imagine what they would like to see in 2030 and what values are important to us all?
    Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, and representatives of other stakeholders – will share perspectives on where we are now. Then we'll open up for conversations on:
    • What matters to you?
    • What's your vision for 2030?
    • How do we get there?
    • What is needed to deliver our vision?
    This is a great opportunity to engage in dialogue on a wide range of social, economic, environmental  justice, equalities, and international topics of common concern.  Our views will feed into the Fairer Scotland consultation and shape a plan for 2030. This will be discussed at a Citizens' Forum in December to come up with a Social Justice Action Plan for a Fairer Scotland early in 2016.   
    5.30  Registration, tea and coffee / displays from supporting organisations
    6.00  Introduction - inviting your vision for 2030
    6.45  Dr Aileen McLeod and other stakeholders share their perspectives
    7.15  Shared supper around the tables
    7.30  Conversations continue on how our wishes can be delivered
    8.15  Wrap up / prioritise actions and key insights for taking forward
    8.30 Close
    This event is supported by: 
    CIFAL Scotland  @cifalscotland
    Learning for Sustainability Scotland  @LfSScotland
    Scottish Government Social Justice and Regeneration  @ScotGovFairer
    Scottish Government Climate Change Hub  @ScotGovClimate
    University of Edinburgh Moray House School of Education  @MorayHouse
    University of Edinburgh Social Responsibility and Sustainability  @EdSust
    The event is organised by the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network and 

    Contact: Kristina Nitsolova, EM Environmental Network Development Officer, 07432 602 008 /

    Background documents can be found here and here

    More details of the event & details to book your place for Edinburgh (25 November) here.

    More details of the event & details to book your place for Glasgow (1 December) here.

  • Tue
    01
    Dec
    2015
    10:00 amPerth Museum & Art Gallery

    Building Connections with Nature

    Tuesday 1 December, 10am - 4pm

    Perth Museum & Art Gallery

    The 'Connected to Nature' task group is delighted to announce an exciting full day event in Perth, which will bring together academics, practitioners and other professionals from teh field of outdoor environmental learning together to share an understanding of the latest research on teh value and impact of connections to nature.

    The focus will be on children's connections whilst also recognising the important role that adults have in influencing opportunities for connecting to nature, as well as fostering their own lifelong connection.

    This will be an interactive day, looking at how connections to nature can be facilitated through some practical sessions and discussions on how they can be measured.

    Whilst the value of connections for children is well documented, there is less on how we can measure and assess its impact for the longer term. Key outcomes of the day therefore will be:

    • to identify research opportunities to further develop and enhance how we can measure the impact of connections to nature
    • strengthen links between practitioners and researchers
    • foster a wider understanding and recognition of the importance of connection to the natural world

    This event includes refreshments throughout the day and a lunch. The cost is £25 to cover costs.

    If you would like to attend, please click HERE to complete a booking form. If you wish to be invoiced for £25 please ensure you complete the new customer form available HERE.

     

     

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    AGM & Networking Day

    Tuesday 8 December 2015

    You are warmly invited to Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s Annual General meeting at:

    Moray House School of Education,

    University of Edinburgh,

    Holyrood Road,

    Edinburgh

    EH8 8AQ

    1-4pm

    As the dust settles after the UN Climate Change conference and the world embarks on making progress towards newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals; this year’s AGM will consider the implications for learning for sustainability in Scotland.

    Particular emphasis will be on contributing to the new Global Action Programme (post UN DESD) and the Scottish Government’s conversation on a Fairer Scotland.

    As a valued member of Learning for Sustainability Scotland you are invited take part in this AGM.

    For you, this is a chance to:

    • Vote for LfS Scotland’s Steering Group members, shaping the future work of the Network;
    • Find out about and contribute to future plans for Learning for Sustainability Scotland,  and the sector in general;
    • Take part in interactive workshops, which will provide you with practical skills to take with you back into the workplace;
    • Meet and network with other interested members over a relaxed lunch.

    It has been two years since our current Steering Group was voted in by our membership and this year's AGM will also include an election of Steering Group members for the next two year term. Members play an important role representing the wider membership, providing strategic advice and direction to support Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s Vision, Mission and Objectives.

    If you would like to learn more about the LfS Scotland Steering Group and perhaps nominate someone for inclusion in the election then more details are available here.

    The AGM is a FREE event for our members. Previous years have reached capacity so if you would like to attend, please complete this form and email back to Abi Cornwall to avoid disappointment.

    If you would like to come along but have not yet joined our growing membership you can do so free of charge today by clicking this link.

    We look forward to seeing you at this event.

     

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    10:00 amMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

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    More information to follow!