How to Teach a Unit on Fire and Flood Resilience

How to Teach a Unit on Fire and Flood Resilience

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Course summary

A roadmap for how to approach teaching a unit on fire and flood resilience in their own classroom. While primarily focused on fire and flood resilience, it will reference the importance of an all-hazards approach to disaster resilience education.

You will learn:

  • Background knowledge on fires and floods so that you can be confident in teaching this material to students.
  • Principles of disaster resilience education, how to plan this unit, including what connections you will need to make with your community in preparation for building a resilient community network to have successful social impact beyond the classroom.
  • How to build disaster resilience in the community by engaging relevant individuals, leaders, local groups, and agencies.
  • How to design and implement this unit within a classroom, as well as a whole school approach.
  • Tips and tricks, including any pitfalls to be aware of and try to avoid, and recommendations on what works well.
  • Links to additional helpful resources will be provided.

Please note that this PD does not cover trauma or psychological preparedness, which is an important aspect of disaster resilience and recovery.

This PD will reference Michelle’s work and recommend further training in trauma-informed practices where appropriate.

Course time:

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Accreditation:

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.
  • 4.1 Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.

This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023. Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.

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Course Content

Introduction

Introduction

01.
Introduction
02.
Set Some Goals
Why Disaster Resilience Education?

Why Disaster Resilience Education?

03.
What is Disaster Resilience Education (DRE)?
04.
Traits of disaster resilient young people
05.
First Nations' Peoples
06.
Disaster Trauma
07.
Legislative Context - The Sendai Framework
Fire and Flood - Background Information

Fire and Flood - Background Information

08.
Impact of fire and flood
09.
Bushfires
10.
Floods
12.
Reflection
Principles in Action

Principles in Action

11.
Disaster Resilience Education in action
13.
Place the learner at the centre
14.
Reflect the local context
15.
Be inclusive
16.
Establish and strengthen partnerships
17.
Engage and challenge learners
18.
Focus on action
19.
Build capability
20.
Cool lesson plans
Evaluation Considerations

Evaluation Considerations

21.
Evaluating the effectiveness of your Disaster Resilience Education program
22.
Elements of an effective program
23.
Example program evaluation
Additional Resources

Additional Resources

24.
Additional resources
25.
Resilient Australia Award: school category
26.
DRANZSEN Network
27.
New South Wales SES flood risk resources
28.
Australian Volunteer Corps
29.
Cultural Burning for Resilience
30.
Resource list
Reflection

Reflection

31.
Suggestions for collaboration
32.
Taxonomy of learning
33.
Congratulations

Course instructors

Owen Ziebell is a Senior Project Officer at the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) for Education and Engagement programs. As a former teacher and police officer, Owen has experience in education as well as the emergency services, having lived and worked across rural and metropolitan communities impacted by natural hazards. These experiences have developed Owen’s understanding of the dynamic nature of emergency situations and disasters and the importance of preparation, support networks, and community engagement to develop resilience.

Jarryd Bendall comes from a long line of teachers, which is why he initially avoided this calling. After a myriad of roles in law, medicine, used car sales, and as the mascot for the Western Bulldogs AFL team, Jarryd eventually taught primary school for a number of years, before combining his love for writing and education in an Education Specialist role with Cool. This role sees him as a bridge between knowledgeable industry experts and classroom teachers, bringing excellence into the classroom and challenging the average curriculum with innovative and effective ideas.
Jarryd will be on hand to answer any questions and help you navigate this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this take to complete?

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Will I get proof of completion?

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish, which you can access any time via your personal dashboard, it will also be sent to you by email.

Is this course accredited?

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.
  • 4.1 Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.

This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023. Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.

What are the curriculum links?

Primary and Secondary: Science, Geography.
Cross-curriculum priorities: Sustainability.

Partners

Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) develops, maintains and shares knowledge and learning to support a disaster resilient Australia. Building on extensive knowledge and experience in Australia and internationally, we work with government, communities, NGOs, not-for-profits, research organisations, education partners and the private sector to enhance disaster resilience through innovative thinking, professional development and knowledge sharing.

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