Program Structure & Syllabus

***Please note that due to COVID-19, we are in the process of planning for an in-person or hybrid program structure (mix of in-person workshops in Peterborough and online components) depending on COVID-19 regulations and Trent University decisions. Program structure may be subject to change***

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, other education students, 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): Includes five Saturday workshops (Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., March.), creating two lesson plans, and ongoing workshop reflections.

Optional Community Placement (35 hours): timelines to be confirmed with each partner organization, but typically occur in the fall and winter. Community placements are mandatory for B.Ed. students.

2021-2022 Workshop Dates and Topics
Orientation (Zoom): Wednesday, October 6th from 7:00pm-8:30pm

Workshop #1: Education for Change: The Theory and Practice of Social Justice Education 
(Sat., Oct. 16) Location: Zoom, 10am-3pm (1.5hr lunch)

Workshop #2: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning 
(Sat., Nov. 6, 2021) Location: (outdoors) 10am-2:30pm

Workshop #3: Anti-Racism in the Classroom: Building Resilience through Uncomfortable Conversations (Sat., Jan. 15th, 2022)  (Zoom) 

Workshop #4: Queer Intersectionality in the Classroom 
(Sat., Feb. 12, 2022) – Zoom, 10am- 3:30pm (1.5 hour lunch break)

Workshop #5: The TEACH-IN, Sat., March 26, 2022), 10am- 3:30pm (1.5 hour lunch break)

Full Syllabus for 2021-2022 is under construction. Take a look at this previous syllabus for a sense of our program topics in the meantime!



TEACH Outside the Box Syllabus 2020-2021

Workshop #1: Education for Change: The Theory and Practice of  Social Justice Education


Facilitators: Julie Cosgrove, KWIC Executive Director
Joëlle Favreau, Community Development Coordinator at  NOURISH

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of social justice education?
  • What is our relationship to power?
  • What are the connections between social justice education, poverty and radical love?
  • What are dominant narratives? How do they shape our collective understanding of issues such as poverty or food insecurity?

TEACH Workshop #1 will 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. This workshop will also delve into repeated  dominant narratives surrounding poverty, which hinder meaningful progress on equity and justice. Using food security as an anchor, the workshop will illustrate how dominant narratives are shaped by the most privileged groups and can be unpacked to better understand how they function.

Workshop #2: Anti-Racism in the Classroom: Building Resilience through Uncomfortable Conversations

Facilitators: Angela Connors, CRRC Executive Director
Reem Ali, Workplace Integration Liaison at the New Canadians Centre

  • What are some social justice theories that ground our anti-oppression and anti-racism work?
  • How do white privilege and white supremacy perpetuate systemic racism?
  • How do we create inclusive spaces for “difficult” conversations?
  • As educators, how can we be supportive of mutual sharing and mutual respect in a multicultural community?

TEACH Workshop #2 will offer perspectives on anti-oppression and anti-racism by inviting us to reflect on our knowledge and actions at the individual and community levels, as well as question some of the challenges that we face in the work that we do. Through social justice theory and practice, we hope that participants will gain a better understanding of white privilege and systemic racism; develop the willingness to dive deeper into conversations about our historical contexts of privilege; and acknowledge the work that is needed in order to build resilience in a community of practice.

Workshop #3: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning


Facilitators: TRACKS Staff- Kristin Muskratt, Oshkwazin Program Coordinator and Kelly King, 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?
  • What is the importance of land acknowledgements in educational settings and how do we move beyond them?

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 Indigenous principles into educational settings and offer further resources for you to continue this work long past this workshop.

Workshop #4: Queer Intersectionality in the Classroom

Facilitators: Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Associate Professor, Trent University School of Education Professional Learning and guests

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

The fourth workshop will explore how intersectional queer representation can be included in your teaching practice. We will explore teaching strategies, resources, policies, ideas, and questions that protect and value gender and sexual minorities in our classrooms. We will continue to add to our social justice educator toolkit and reflect upon the program ahead of the final workshop.  

Workshop #5: The TEACH-IN

  • 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, reflection, and a creative sharing space to explore the successes and challenges of integrating social justice education into your teaching. Candidates will be asked to come prepared to share their two lessons/workshop plans with a small group. Participants will also bring in 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 certificates and alternative placement hours will receive their Certificate of Achievement at this time. Students who are still completing their community placement hours will receive their certificate when completed.


Revised June 29th, 2021