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 PDT

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:

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 →

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

1:15pm PDT

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:

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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 7th year as a teacher... Read More →
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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 PDT
Steveston B

1:15pm PDT

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
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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 →

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Ballroom B/C
Friday, April 20

10:45am PDT

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.

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avatar for Team EBUS - Marty - Kathy - Leal - Megan

Team EBUS - Marty - Kathy - Leal - Megan

Teachers, 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.
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Geneva Standbridge

Elementary Online Teacher, EBUS Academy
As an Elementary teacher with EBUS Academy for the last 16 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 PDT