Program Structure & Syllabus

***Please note that due to COVID-19, we are in the process of reviewing our program structure and how it may be adapted for remote or blended learning platforms in the Fall. 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.

Our Syllabus for 2020-2021 is under construction. See our previous syllabus for a sense of our program topics in the meantime!

TEACH Outside the Box Syllabus 2019-2020

Workshop # 1: Social Justice Education in Practice
Saturday, October 19, 2019, Trent University Student Centre 2.02
Part 1: By Blair Niblett (Assistant Professor Trent School of Education)
Part 2:  Facilitated by Reem Ali (New Canadians Centre)

  • What can those who identify as social justice educators do to bring their values to life within their teaching practice?
  • What challenges do social justice educators face, and where can support be found
  • How do you foster civic engagement or community connections?

This workshop explores principles, vehicles, and concrete approaches to social justice education to provide a basis for the rest of the workshops in the program. The second segment of the workshop will feature a panel of social justice educators who will share their experiences and offer advice regarding social justice education.


Workshop #2: Education for Change: The Theory and Practice of Popular Education
Saturday, November 30 from 9:30am-4pm @ Sadleir House

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

  • How can you and your students be agents of change?
  • What does democracy look like in learning spaces?
  • 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?

We will build upon TEACH Workshop #1 to 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 #3: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning
Saturday, January 11 9:30am-4pm @ Sadleir House Hobbs Library

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
Saturday, February 8, 9:30am-4pm @ Sadleir House, Hobbs Library

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
Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 1pm-7:00pm @ Sadleir House

  • 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 and creative sharing space to explore the successes and challenges of integrating social justice education into your teaching. The day will finish with a social involving food, networking and program reflection. Candidates will be asked to bring in their two lesson/workshop plans to share 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 alternative placement hours will receive their Certificate of Achievement at this time. Students who are still completing their hours will receive their certificate from their host organization once hours are completed.


Revised October 8th, 2019