Empathy, Ethics and Animals Teacher Conference
How important is ethics in education? Ethical Capability is a vital part of the curriculum. It supports students to shape who they want to be, how they relate to others and what type of society they want to live in.
Explore this rich topic as we discuss the application of animal ethics and welfare in our animal interactions. Experience fun and engaging STEM based activities to incorporate ethical capabilities into any subject area or year level. Get all the inspiration you need in this day out at the zoo, hosted by Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria.
Gather ideas to improve your teaching, discover the ground breaking approaches other schools are taking, explore real-life ethics issues you can take back to the classroom and access free resources you can use right away.
In this fun day out, you’ll learn:
- Where Ethical Capabilities fits in the curriculum
- Examples of how Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria use ethics to care for animals
- Ideas for integrating Ethical Capabilities into any subject area or year level
- How to build empathy skills and inspire students to be active citizens
- How to access a range of teacher resources and activities that you can use right away
- The STEM skills used to address complex, real-word, conservation and animal welfare challenges
This workshop is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and links to Victorian Curriculum Levels F–10 Ethical Capability. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following:
- Standard 2.1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
- Standard 2.2 – Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
- Standard 3.2 – Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
Hang out with us at Melbourne Zoo for the day, meet like-minded teachers and feel like part of a community who are making a difference. Catering is provided and you’ll receive a certificate for professional development hours. Don’t miss it!
For bookings call 1300 966 784
FREE for Zoos Victoria members ($70 to join as a teacher member) and CECV teachers
For bookings call 1300 966 784
Karen Cherry and Peter Day
Beeac Primary School
Beeac Primary School were winners of the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Award in Education for their art and ecology program, the brolga pathways project. The Brolga Pathways story is a wonderful example of collaboration
Dr Hannah Larson
Animal Welfare Specialist, Zoos Victoria
With a PhD in animal welfare science, Hannah has worked with animals in a variety of settings, from the classroom to the farm. Hannah is currently the Animal Welfare Specialist at Zoos Victoria. Working across all three zoos, much of Hannah’s work focuses on interpreting animal behaviour and physiology to help animals thrive in captivity.
Educator And Zoologist, RSPCA Victoria
Nerys offers animal assisted therapy programs designed to mitigate the effects of trauma in young people and looks forward to sharing the bigger implications of having true connections with the other species who share our lives and planet.
Dr Jennifer Ford
Policy and Prevention Manager, RSPCA Victoria
Jennifer heads up education, animal welfare policy and campaigns. She has had a long association with zoos, beginning with PhD research assessing the role of zoos in conservation education. Her work in education and animal welfare over the past 20 years has also included universities and World Animal Protection. She has a passion for the Great Apes and is always looking for another opportunity to go back to Borneo.