As resources allow, the Foundation will undertake research that has the interest of educational leaders, academics and the general public. For example, field experiences conducted within the Bondar Challenge have identified gaps in theoretical learning in the classroom and the students’ ability to apply that knowledge in a real life setting. Intergenerational activities demonstrate how information can be transmitted in both directions – youngsters to adults and the more mature participant to young adults
Dr. Bondar chaired a Working Group for the Ontario Ministry of Education whose recommendations called for the development of an environmental education policy for Ontario schools. The Ministry adopted all 32 recommendations outlined in the report entitled Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future as a new “basic” of education for the twenty-first century.
The follow up document entitled Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow is the subsequent Policy Framework for Environmental Education in Ontario Schools.