5B. Virtual Town Hall November 18th


National Town Hall is this coming Monday!

Monday Nov. 18, 9am-12pm PT/ 12-3pm ET

The purpose is to engage as many people in your school with the dialogue, through the use of discussion questions, in order to gain data that will contribute to the final work we create together. At the start there is a welcome, a keynote speaker, introductions from the schools, and then we start doing breakout groups to discuss specific topics associated with Canada’s biodiversity efforts and looking forward to Canada’s Decade of Ocean Sciences in 2021. Students will contribute their thoughts on a collective google doc as well as being live through twitter. Here is the breakdown of the schedule:

Social Media Tasks:

  1. tweet @cgeducation and @OceanWise, say hello, share a picture, and why you’re excited.
  2. Throughout the morning, have a student at your site take pictures and videos (~30 sec) in response to the breakout questions they are working on

There are multiple ways you can approach the virtual town hall depending on your schedule. If you are able to gather a group of students to join the session live, that’s fantastic. For example, some schools organize an assembly for the morning with their grade, or the entire school, and run the Virtual Town Hall that way (following the agenda above). There should be at least one representative from your school live at the Town Hall throughout the duration if that’s possible. Since we are using google docs and twitter, however, you can use these platforms to gather information from your colleagues throughout the day or even throughout the week.

For example, start networking with your fellow students now and garner a group of students, clubs, or classrooms interested in contributing their opinions. If they cannot join live during the Virtual Town Hall, then schedule meetings through the week over lunchtime or during their class blocks where you can introduce them to the concepts and lead the discussion groups and contributing the information to the google docs. 

Another example is students sending a handful of representatives to the live Town Hall, and then hosting an afters school hangout with a group at large, bringing in other friends, clubs, and classes, to run through the discussion and contribute to the google doc then. 

The more data we gather from students across the country, the more evidence you will have when formulating the final report on the youth's voice in Canada, and the more powerful your impact will be. Remember every tweet, like, and body present contributes to the overall number of students whose voice has been heard. 

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