Activating teacher candidates in community-wide environmental education: The Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship Project


  • Paul Elliott Trent University, School of Education
  • Cathy Dueck School for the Study of Canada
  • Jacob Rodenburg Camp Kawartha, Ontario


To create a truly regenerative future, simply reforming teacher education to prioritize Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) will not create the wide-ranging changes in the education system needed to meet the environmental challenges facing humanity. Instead, a holistic strategy involving community collaboration with teacher education stands a better chance of achieving this. This article provides an overview of a community-wide project to foster environmental stewardship in students from K to 12. This collective impact model approach will create a climate that supports student teachers in their efforts to improve their practice in ESE. We argue that student teachers who learn to collaborate with their community as a source of expertise and encouragement are more likely to create positive and lasting change in ESE.

Author Biographies

Paul Elliott, Trent University, School of Education

Paul Elliott is a professor in the School of Education at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Cathy Dueck, School for the Study of Canada

Cathy Dueck is an M.A. student and Coordinator of Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship project

Jacob Rodenburg, Camp Kawartha, Ontario

Jacob Rodenburg is Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre.