Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments


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Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel - 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4K3

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Thursday, April 19 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
New Models for Learning: Integrating Competency, Inquiry, Curriculum through Flexible Models (Approaches from across Canada)

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A follow-up dialogue and deeper dive into notions from the Cowichan keynote from a variety of leaders who have implemented innovative programs in similar efforts to create flexible, learner-focused, and inquiry-based programs to address curricular change.

  1. Leaders of other programs from across BC and Canada will share via a short (3-5 minute) ignite presentation an update of critical features of their programs,
  2. A panel dialogue and open discussion will summarize key principles from the change initiatives undertaken by leaders of these programs,
  3. A facilitated discussion exploring how these principles derived from other leaders journey's can be used to provoke change in your own situation.  The session will provide a showcase, discussion, and facilitated dialogue enabling delegates to build pertinent connections to their own practice.

Programs featured:
  • Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL) -- a blended interdisciplinary school/district program where personal student learning occurs through inquiry and project-based learning using a variety of digital tools in a multi-aged classroom (elementary) and cohorts (secondary).  Students have the flexibility to advance according to their learning capabilities and are challenged to embrace an innovator's mindset within a makerspace environment.
  • John Paul II Collegiate  -- Winners of the McDowell Foundation Research Project of Year JPII High School in North Battleford, SK transformed their school through blended learning and participation in teacher action research.
  • Navigate Programs -- Navigate (NIDES) was created through a shift from a regional, paper-based, "school in a box" to a fully online K-12 platform that supports cutting-edge blended learning programs in more than a dozen communities throughout British Columbia.  Navigate programs were recipients of the iNACOL "Innovative Blended Learning Program" award in 2014, and the CEA "Innovator of the Year" Award in 2016.
  • Heritage Christian Online School -- HCOS took the chance to build a new online course design this past year to engage students through inquiry-based online learning.  Challenges came in how to scaffold instruction and provide adequate support for distance learners. 
  • Sun Peaks (SD73) -- SD73 uses several models to engage students including video-conferencing, online courses to support DL and classroom instruction, but there is a shift to a Blended Model for the delivery of new curriculum and support for students taking their courses outside of the traditional classroom. @KOOL provides an interactive model to engage students in meaningful learning experiences through the Sun Peaks model. 
  • CAVLFO (Ontario) -- CAVLFO is a consortium created by the twelve French Language School Boards of Ontario. One of our mandates is to offer online, over 100 high school credits to students in 104 high schools.  We will present a brief history of CAVLFO and its mandates, and will at our newest online courses and ressources that support our student centered approach in the delivery of the provincial curriculum.

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Randy LaBonte

CEO, Canadian eLearning Network
Randy is CEO of the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn.net), an organization formed to be the leading voice for K-12 blended and online learning in Canada. He teaches online at Vancouver Island University and CANeLearn, helping K-12 teachers transition practices to online environments... Read More →

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David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →
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Peter Johnston

Principal, Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning
Principal Peter Johnston is leading a new public school start-up called Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning, K – 12, in Surrey, B.C. Peter has 23 years educational experience. After four and a half years in the private sector, he returned to his real passion and rejoined SD 36... Read More →
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Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School, Heritage Christian Online
Sara Kraushar is the Academic Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, based in Kelowna, BC. Previously Sara has worked with HCOS as a teacher, curriculum writer, Regional Administrator, and Curriculum & Instruction Leader. Her educational experience also includes time... Read More →
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Paul Lachance

Direction adjointe / Membre du CA, CAVLFO / CANeLearn
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Jeff Stewart

District Principal - Distributed Learning, Navigate/NIDES
Jeff has served as a principal of elementary, middle, and secondary schools and currently works in the fast changing and wacky world of distributed learning in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  For the last seven years, Jeff has led Navigate (NIDES) and negotiated the shift... Read More →
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Ramona Stillar

Projects Coordinator, JPII High School, Light of Christ Catholic School Division
Ramona Stillar is a Projects Coordinator in Light of Christ Catholic School Division. Over her 20 plus years of teaching she has been a French Immersion teacher, consultant, administrator, and coordinator in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT