Professional Development for Educators

Professional Development for Educators
Professional Development for Educators

Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned educator working in the classroom, community or private organization, Extended Learning thoughtfully provides learning opportunities to enrich your expertise, confidence and skills by providing affordable, professionally recognized workshops and trainings.

Interested in providing a workshop or specialized training?

Contact Mylae Robson, Manager, Extended Learning:

Available Opportunities 

Trip Preparedness

Trip Preparedness 4-week Professional Development 

25 spots available. No pre-requisites or training required

If you are interested in offering Trip Preparedness to your staff, please contact Mylae Robson – Manager, Extended Learning directly at for more information on group registration details.

There are all kinds of trips: community trips, near and afar; day and overnight, sporting events, school clubs and extracurricular activities! Trips can be for yourself, your family, or for students participating through school or other educational institutions/organizations! 

Regardless of the type of trip you are planning, it is imperative to plan appropriately and always ensure safety first! 

Trip Preparedness is a responsible, digital information plan that packages the five W’s of a trip: who, what, why, where and when. It addresses risk/mitigation identification in a comprehensive format that can be shared to enhance safety while managing liability. 

If you plan trips of any nature, or simply want this skill to enhance your own professional/personal portfolio this micro-credential professional development opportunity will provide you with the necessary skills to execute a plan accurately with confidence while being guided by a seasoned professional. 

Target audience: Open to anyone.  Specifically designed for: educators, educational administrators, outdoor education professionals, youth program coordinators and managers. 

Cost:  $225(plus applicable taxes)/per learner 

Details: Learners will receive Trip Preparedness learning materials on Monday May 15, 2023 and have until June 9, 2023 to complete their tasks.  Learners who sign up after this date will receive an email from our office approximately 3-5 business days after registration and will be allotted four weeks to complete their training. On average this training takes 20 hours to complete but can be done in as little as 12 hours depending on the learner.  If the learner requires clarification on any portion of the training or has questions, please email and your inquiry will be forwarded to the developer for response.  A digital badge from Extended Learning will be issued after successful completion. 

Mr. Bill Steer Biography and Contact information

Bill Steer is the founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre, an outdoor environmental education centre (click here) located within Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. He remains as its General Manager and Head of School. 

He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Award (click here) at Nipissing University and was on the original Ontario College of Teachers committee that developed the Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) Additional Qualification. As a part-time instructor within the Schulich School of Education and the Bachelor of Physical Health and Education Program, Trip and School Trip Preparedness has been embedded within all his teachings. 

Additionally, Mr. Steer is a member of the Ontario Parks Board as a government appointee, as well as a school board trustee with the Near North District School Board and an Ontario Public School Board Director.  

By his own volition his most precious honour is having been welcomed into a First Nation community (Dokis First Nation) through a special eagle feather ceremony where he received his tobacco pouch and was bestowed with a totem. Mr. Steer, is available to answer to all registered learners via email and/or phone as needed - please email to have your inquiries appropriately forwarded. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Please notify us a minimum of one week prior to the start date. Failure to cancel registration one week prior may result in full or partial registration charges. If the cancellation is due to an injury, illness, or special circumstances, please contact our Extended Learning team to discuss – Nipissing University reserves the right to cancel without notice. Should a cancellation take place registrants will receive notification in writing with as much notice as possible along with a full refund. An administration fee of $20 will be applied.