Learning Circles Forum

Learning Circles Forum

Our greatest asset as an Association is the collective deep knowledge of our members. We host online Learning Circle events to share learning, new approaches and to support and reflect on our own learning within the industry. Our Learning Circle events are recorded and housed here so you can catch up on the discussion in your own time and add your comments to the conversation.

To participate in a live Learning Circle, view the upcoming Event dates and join the teleconference via the link provided.

We’re looking for volunteers to lead one of our dynamic Learning Circles interactive webinars. This is an opportunity for you to focus on a topic, issue or wicked problem and get together with a group of like-minded people to nut things out.

Find out what's involved, download our Facilitators Guide.

Send your ideas or an expression of interest to admin@aaee.org.au.

Recordings & discussion

Choose the Learning Circle topic you're interested in below to access the presentation and click through to watch the recording and add your comment to the discussion.

Learner-centered pedagogies – students as learning leaders

7 December 2016

This session will present new Australian Curriculum linked resources for: Energy use and efficiency, water use and efficiency, waste and materials, biodiversity, sustainable transport, food gardens and thermal comfort for both Primary and Secondary school students and then discuss both the learner benefits and practical, and professional learning challenges in delivering this style of learning.


Mark Caddey & David Butler

8 March 2017

Given the many challenges our societies and environment are facing, children and young people across the globe must be equipped to positively shape their future and be empowered to learn and live in an increasingly sustainable manner. Practical environmental education that is integrated across the curriculum has been shown to offer a wide variety of benefits both for students, teachers, the environment and wider society. Maryland’s award-winning Environmental Literacy (E-lit) Standards (2011) which mandate that students in the state are environmentally literate by graduation is a holistic model of sustainable and environmental education with an impressive track record and widespread support. In October 2016 there was an international workshop in Annapolis, Maryland, USA that brought together legislators and other key stakeholders from different jurisdictions to learn first-hand about Maryland’s successful environmental education legislation, exchange best practice and identify potential policy reforms. It was hosted by the World Future Council and there were over 40 participants from around the world who attended. This AAEE Learning Circle, second in the series, is aimed at sharing the outcomes of this International Workshop with Cam Mackenzie as facilitator as well as two members of the Maryland E-lit program who joined us at the early morning from Maryland USA.


Cam Mackenzie

7 June 2017

With deep commitment to ecojustice and activism we explored where we are positioned and why… we also pushed into where to from here… and how we could get there! How do the economic and ecological sit together into the future? We don’t really know what post capitalism will look like. We have some visionaries help us see a way forward and this conversation is to help us start our future and we mean to finish… We can NOT proceed with practices towards unlimited growth. When limits are expressed we often find ecojustice issues (this is where ecojustice work is imperative). The challenge is how do we hold these tensions and find a way forward.


Dr. Peta White, Dr. Marilyn Palmer, and Dr. Sandra Wooltorton

6 September 2017

The worldwide biodiversity crisis demands and educational response. There is also the nature education issue that shows biodiversity is a fantastic way to build powerful learning scenarios and a Curriculum that espouses this integrated knowledge concept through the cross-curriculum priority.

Yet research and on-ground evidence suggests biodiversity education is not working in schools and educational institutions despite it being a core element of the curriculum. So how do we make it work?


Graeme Sawyer.

6 December 2017

We have an opportunity to build our own just solutions to the climate emergency.

We all have agency as teachers and educators to do so much more on climate change education. We have the power to influence the enacted curriculum. ACARA is presently consulting on the 2020 Next Generation of the Australian Curriculum. Question on what shall students learn/know/understand/do, and conversations on values and aspirations, are forming the national curriculum conversation.


Angela Colliver (NSW)
Snowy Evans (QLD)
Jennifer Nicholls (QLD)
Hilary Whitehouse (QLD)

20 March 2018

Years of lobbying by AAEE early years members ensured that EfS was included in the National Quality Framework. However there is ongoing debate about if sustainability should continue to be an outcome to achieve national recognition for early years centres. Much has been gained over the last 15 years in the early years sector, so what are the issues emerging that need careful consideration.

This webinar will look at ideas and gather information for the Australian alliance for early childhood education for sustainability.


Dr Jennifer Pearson (WA Chapter President)

Tuesday 26 June 2018

This exciting Learning Circle with Andrew Walsh from Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre on Education and the Marine Environment.


Andrew Walsh, Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre with industry guests.

25 September 2018 

4.00- 5.30pm AEST

Right from the Start! A guide to planning your best practice sustainability education & engagement project


Erika Van Schellebeck, Jem Hansen, Sue Martin, Melissa Sellen.

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How to Join

Zoom video conferencing from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Zoom Link - https://zoom.us/j/542721755
Required: Speakers, microphone (or headset) and camera

Wed 5 December 2018
4:00PM - 5:30PM AEST

Presenters: Amy Krupa, CEO and Rose Weerasinghe, Ecologist from SERCUL.

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Keeping a balance between wetland habitat functions and the risk to public health due to mosquito breeding has been one of the most challenging tasks that wetland managers deal with on a regular basis. People often assume that all wetlands produce nuisance or disease-carrying mosquitoes. However, healthy wetlands, with diverse aquatic invertebrates, fish, birds and other fauna that prey on mosquito larvae, produce very few adult mosquitoes. Stormwater networks, however, often contain shallow waterbodies with low oxygen levels and no natural predators. These sites become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Backyard elements that hold water such as clogged gutters, unmaintained pools, stagnant birdbaths, neglected tyres, and buckets or pot plant trays can also be fertile mosquito breeding grounds.

Long-term management of mosquitoes in any areas should include a combination of cultural, biological and physical control methods with chemical controls used only when necessary to provide short-term treatment.

With the support of the Department of Health WA, SERCUL have produced the Mozzie Wise Education Program and associated resource materials. The aim of this program is to educate local communities and school children in all aspects of mosquito breeding prevention and personal protection against mosquitoes. The Mozzie Wise School Educational Program is linked to the Relevant Science Learning Area of the National Curriculum and provides a Teacher’s Guide for all levels from Kindy through to Year 10. During this Learning Circle, we will showcase the Mozzie Wise Education Program and discuss how we can protect ourselves from mosquitoes.

How to join

Zoom video conferencing from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Zoom Link - https://zoom.us/j/688836109
Required: Speakers, microphone (or headset) and camera

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Thu 7 March 2019

Voting for Change - a special presentation for educators to mark the March 15 #SchoolStrike4Climate.

Hosted by AAEE ACT.

Presenter - Keith Skamp

if you could ask 12000 students from all around the world what they think about Climate Change what would you ask them and what do you think they would say. Find out from someone who did just that!

Keith Skamp is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at Southern Cross University. He is a coauthor of "Voting For Change - An International Study Of Students' Willingness To Vote For/Support Indirect Measures To Ameliorate Climate Change"

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Tuesday 9 April 2019
4.30-6.00pm AEST

Since 2002 the Gondwana Link program has been supported by global, national and local organisations and a wonderful array of individuals, donors, and funders. They are all working together to reconnect natural habitats across 1000 km of south-western Australia – a place of incredible diversity.

At the heart of Gondwana Link is a bold but simple plan: protect what bushland remains, restore the critical gaps, and maintain the extraordinary nature of south-western Australia.


Keith Bradby OAM – Chief Executive Officer of Gondwana Link Ltd
Chair WA Landcare Network Inc

Presentation File

How to Join

Zoom video conferencing from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Zoom Link - https://zoom.us/j/102104098
Required: Speakers, microphone (or headset) and camera

Post discussion forum

Go to the recording & discussion after the event.