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Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments

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  • Selected keynote & workshop sessions
Click here for curated notes Google docs folder - or find links to Gdocs in session descriptions.

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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

Emerging Issues: A Deeper Dive
Limited Capacity seats available

Join facilitated dialogue on a choice of topics emerging from the keynote presentation.  
  • Speak with leaders from Cowichan in a post plenary deep dive discussion and dialogue on key topics emerging from the plenary session.
  • All sessions will provide a showcase, discussion, and facilitated dialogue enabling delegates to build pertinent connections to their own practice.
  • Topics and sessions to be determined and posted soon!

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LztxBuhVx7_E-uQgb0JlKXj1DGjBz2YIhp8chvl2VYk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Technology Coordinator, BCERAC
I am the Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley) and lend some of my time and 27+ years K-12 experience to BC ERAC, as a member of the Professional Learning team. My current projects in district are the ADST curriculum, especially Design Thinking and computational thinking... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Steveston A&B

11:00am

New Models for Learning: Integrating Competency, Inquiry, Curriculum through Flexible Models (Approaches from across Canada)
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.


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mdTCy4w0hom0oY6K1-qDnS-5x-p7tGRHwnsQlJRd1Rk/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Randy LaBonte

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 →

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is 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 co ordinates SD 73's Elementary program (k to 7). David uses blended teaching strategies to... Read More →
avatar for Peter Johnston

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 →
avatar for Sara Kraushar

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School, Heritage Christian Online School
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 →
avatar for Paul Lachance

Paul Lachance

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

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 →
avatar for Ramona Stillar

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
Ballroom

1:15pm

* Breaking Blended in Secondary School: The Challenges and Triumphs of Blended Learning in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

The presenters will discuss blended learning and some of the benefits as an introduction. Each presenter will then highlight a case study of a blended unit completed in their math class (AW math 10 and Pre-calc 11). The discussion will include supports, LMS, resources used, an overview of daily lessons, challenges, and student testimonials. Finally, the majority of the session will include small group conversation followed by a large group share-out on what strategies worked, what challenges were found and how we can overcome them, and what can be done going forward to maximize learning in a blended classroom.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UoReohtXCE4QDoVnU94a_CIGhDmaMAlQTIio9_gAAfc/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Teacher, Highland Secondary, School District 71
Stephanie Baker and Becky Sulek are Math and Science teachers at Highland Secondary in the Comox Valley. Both educators have experience teaching online and/or completing online course design at School District 71’s blended/online school, Navigate NIDES. Currently, both women are... Read More →
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Rebecca Sulek

Teacher, Highland Secondary School


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lulu Island

1:15pm

Compass Nanaimo: Finding Our Direction
Limited Capacity seats available

Jessica is in her seventh year of teaching and new to the world of blended learning. Melissa is now in her fourth year with NIDES. Together they have kicked off the first year of the Elementary Compass Program in Nanaimo.

Melissa and Jessica will be giving an overview of our new K-12 program called Compass.  Our blended program consists of a "Connection" and "Exploration" day that is supported by at home learning.  We will look at the success and challenges we have had during this first year.  Students will Zoom in to share their Compass day curricular projects, VEX robotics and maker space classroom.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bL9uY9NoYThAQU8pQiCKXud2XVlK6CkEkfIS8e8DTdU/edit?usp=sharing



Speakers
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Melissa Mullis

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and found my way back to Vancouver Island in 2014 after earning my BEd at the University of Alberta, my MEd at the University of Calgary and teaching in various positions in Abbotsford, Calgary and Abu Dhabi. Now, in my 5th year as a teacher... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Stubbs

Jessica Stubbs

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES) Compass Nanaimo
Jessica is in her seventh year of teaching and new to the world of blended learning. She started her career teaching primary grades in rural Saskatchewan, where she taught all subject areas as well as reading intervention. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Steveston B

1:15pm

DL & BL Communications within your District (SMS2)
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the greatest challenges within DL and BL programs is effective communication (with students, with parents, and with other local schools).  Effective communication can improve success rates, as well as relationships with local schools and counselors.
 
In this session, we'll look at how the SMS2 is being used to improve communications.    Your students, parents, and local counselors can all have 24/7 access to their corresponding students.   Better communication leads to better programs and better audits.

Specifically, this session covers two overlapping topics:
  1. Using the SMS2 (student management system) to save staff time, improve your record-keeping and report cards, and polish your audit preparedness.
  2. How you can use your online infrastructure and staff to help your entire district better adapt to the new curriculum using BL (blended learning).
You will also find out that these two topics can overlap nicely with a solid district strategy.
BCLearningNetwork.com

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1746H-VXOQvAb8unlg2NAumqPS5-Hf26G45SBK__ODQ4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, WC Learning Network
BC Learning Network is a consortium of BC and AB districts, building DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration. Brent is the technical director of WCLN.Kari Daniels, Toni Kormish, Nick Smith, Fiona Graham, Clint Surry, Glen Stiven, Francis Tsen, Laurie Mitchell, Craig Simmons... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Gulf of Georgia

1:15pm

Learning is Personal not Personalized
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will make you THINK! Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon of Modern Learner and Change School talk deeply about one of the biggest buzz words in education: "Personalized Learning." We will present how SAIL has made online learning "personal" not personalized.

So, you might be wondering if there is a difference between personalized and personal education. There is!

We will argue that personal learning is a school culture and an educator's mindset. Personal learning should occur in every school K - University. Personal learning means shifting the agency to the learner. Educators give up control of the learning to the student.

We will look at the amount of money people in schools are spending on technology tools that claim to personalize learning. We point out that we tend to align schools with content delivery. Content that is neatly packaged because they cannot sell pedagogy and no one considers how relevant that content will be in the modern world.

We will conclude by encouraging all educators, parents, and even students to have more critical conversations about the need to think more deeply about what the learning environment should be for students and it shouldn’t just be about picking up the latest and greatest personalized learning software application.

We will suggest that the learning environment and the educators working alongside their students and parents make learning personal.

We will reference this article: http://bit.ly/2k0nkAa
Also, check out:
modernlearners.com
https://change.school/
https://sailacademy.ca/programs/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaFB0Fe-KEXPhrBjw1FaepZKSHFkoa_rgYl3TXjfIE4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Peter Johnston

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 →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B/C

1:15pm

Pace, Place, Time: Using Flexible Design & Delivery to Support Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

What is the experience of teachers when they are required to explore alternatives in time, pace or place of learning? Winners of the McDowell Foundation Research Project of Year will share how they transformed their school through blended learning and participation in teacher action research at JPII High School in North Battleford.
Participants will:
  • participate in activating, dialogue, and summarizing strategies to understand the goals and outcomes of the action research project;
  • hear how to support teachers to embrace change and transform practice; and
  • have the opportunity to ask questions and think about how to apply our experience in their own context.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KeOaGLInszWdLnv--6QHPUlIz562BFgBcT2xaAebRJk/edit?usp=sharing

McDowell Foundation Research Information
http://mcdowellfoundation.ca/research/time-pace-place-using-flexible-design-and-delivery-to-support-learners/

Speakers
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Carlo Hansen

Principal, John Paul II Collegiate
Carlo Hansen is the Principal at JPII High School in North Battleford, Sask. Carlo has 20 plus year teaching and administration in both Canada and Malaysia.
avatar for Tracie Harty

Tracie Harty

John Paul II Collegiate
avatar for Ramona Stillar

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 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Steveston A

2:45pm

* A Day in the Life of Blended Learning at Seven Summits
Limited Capacity seats available

We will share the daily experiences of the administration, teachers, students and parents in an established Blended Learning Model Centre. A discussion of the challenges in creating our Centre, and our evolution, will help the audience to understand the realities and opportunities in creating a model similar to ours following five years of operation. The flexibility found in DL learning adapted to a blended model has several key essential components and requires partnerships both inside and outside of the community to be successful. The presenters with their depth of experience will share the "how-to's" and constant evolution of our Centre which of course includes some small town creativity. The teachers will also provide insight into how to create and teach in a blended environment. The session will leave time for questions and answers to help reveal the value of a Blended Learning Model and the ability to create a similiar Centre or classroom of their own.
Co-presenters: Andrea Pierce, Jonny Coleshill, Jennifer Boutilier
http://sevensummitslearning.com/
http://www.navigatenides.com/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GptUpLvUujXzJLyqab_UGNayuV80oUyC8NFFctL_blY/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Sue McBride

Sue McBride

Administrator, Navigate: Seven Summits
Sue holds a Masters of Education and Special Ed and has taught all ages from Palo Alto, California to Stockholm, Sweden for over 25 years. She lives an active outdoor lifestyle and thus understands students' need to access a flexible education. As the Administrator at Seven Summits... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom B/C

2:45pm

* Engaging All Learners: Bring on Blended Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion about bringing a fully blended model of teaching and learning to classrooms that are filled with all kinds of learners. We will demonstrate how blending your high school classrooms will engage all learners and all learning styles.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/194ICGFLbPYTtudZUULHOLSR2MFVdmCtFiM6il9GVnNk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Lowe

Thomas Lowe

@Kool
BSc. in Biology, BEd. in Elementary, MBA. I enjoy Hockey, Skiing, and making beer. I worked at Maple Leaf in China, Sun Peaks Blended learning classroom on top of a ski hill and now I work for Sd73. My professional interests include 21st century assessment practices, competence... Read More →
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Laurel Seafoot

Kamloops Open Online Learning - School District 73
I am the Distributed Learning Coordinator for the Kamloops School District. Working with school aged students from K-12 and with adult learners, I strive to bring more success to students working in the online setting through Kamloops Open Online Learning. I also work with classroom... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom A

2:45pm

* Personalized Learning In The Visual Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Visual Arts students come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and stages of learning. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to create personalized learning plans for students to explore the world of Visual Arts, and literally, the world of Visual Arts in a globalized online environment within FAME (Film, Animation and Media Exchange).
www.myfame.org (website coming soon with information in 1 week)

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cSASSt6AAotariHEMJk_Yjy-djPQlAEEPep6zkec754/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Rod Peters

Rod Peters

Coordinator, vLearn
Rod is currently the Coordinator for the DL program delivered by SD22 in Vernon BC. He has a MED Tech degree with a focus on Online pedagogy. He loves problem-solving and chasing the leading edge of education with 2 decades of online course development and online course delivery driving... Read More →
avatar for Mario Pochat

Mario Pochat

Vancouver Animation School
Mario Pochat’s hobby as a teenager led to a career that has taken him around the world while winning a national award for opening the first “cloud school” in Canada called Vancouver Animation School. Mario has been an integral part of the planning and design team in high profile... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Steveston A

3:45pm

* Career Ed and ADST in DL and BL Settings
Limited Capacity filling up

KOOL has spent the year developing Career 8, Career 9, ADST 8, and ADST 9 for distance learners. Using Moodle, we have created four courses that allow students to have access to a variety of interesting concepts that would be offered in face to face settings. These courses can be used in both a distance and blended model. Find out what our students think of these courses and what we have done to provide students with opportunities not previously found in DL settings.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YMfI_th2-DP9jGxaPk3xmyaBJOEw7QKOsCudLf0YMR8/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
LS

Laurel Seafoot

Kamloops Open Online Learning - School District 73
I am the Distributed Learning Coordinator for the Kamloops School District. Working with school aged students from K-12 and with adult learners, I strive to bring more success to students working in the online setting through Kamloops Open Online Learning. I also work with classroom... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom A

3:45pm

Issues in Distributed Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Join in an open discussion about issues facing distributed learning schools in BC.  Topics suggested for discussion include:
  • Student "grade shopping"
  • in loco parentis at a distance
  • Blending programs
  • Learning management systems - pros/cons, provincial alignment?

Ask your own questions for discussion. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dXjbwVhZbLsIhLyphhxhpp7DBymFAuOjbC3Dj3VeV7o/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom B/C
 
Friday, April 20
 

10:45am

Core Competencies and DL: Engaging students through self-assessment and process-oriented activities
Through our work with the new curriculum and the Core Competencies, we’ve been developing structures and activities to engage our students in thinking about their learning in new and exciting ways, providing them with the language and knowledge they need to be successful in our increasingly out-of-the-box world. Join us as we present some of what we’ve done in this area, then lead a group discussion around how to most effectively bring the Core Competencies to our students in ways that engage and energize.
https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies
https://popei.sd38.bc.ca/bcs-curriculum
https://popei.sd38.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Core%20Competencies%20-%20K-3%20Self-Assessment.pdf

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GlklDQYGP4sLN4YzUo4BDPEVj0wPCmt94sodwY-7Byg/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brian Naka

Brian Naka

Principal, EBUS Academy
Currently doing my best to help students create engaging and relevant education opportunities that allow them to showcase their abilities and talents outside of the traditional learning environment.
avatar for Geneva Standbridge

Geneva Standbridge

Elementary Online Teacher, EBUS Academy
As an Elementary teacher with EBUS Academy for the last 15 years, I’ve greatly enjoyed the collaborative nature of my work in the DL world, as well as the flexibility to share my interests with families/students through online classes and events in genres and areas that are near... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom