Keynotes

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Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Marrying The Highly Silly With The Highly Cerebral Comedian

Charlie Demers has been called, "the West Coast’s funniest political comic". In this session, join Charlie for 45 minutes of comedy about teachers and education followed by a 15 minute Q&A opportunity. Charlie combines political humour that's never shrill or self-righteous with broader jokes that are never thoughtless.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Charlie Demers

Charles Demers is an author and stand-up comedian. His collection of essays, Vancouver Special, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of three novels: The Prescription Errors, The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things and his newest book The Dad Dialogues, co-written with George Bowering. He has performed for national television and radio audiences and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show "The Debaters". Charles is equally well-received whether delivering jokes in a sports bar or emceeing a gala for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  Not many people have both on their resume.


Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Resilience, Stress And School Resilience

Resilience is an incredible construct - an overarching metaphor that touches on the arenas of stress, neural plasticity, emotional health, recovery, healing, mental illness, adaptation, defendedness, and therapy. It is relevant to everyone in most every role and regardless of age: teachers, therapists, youth workers, parents, support workers, etc. Fresh understandings are coming to the fore as we glean more working knowledge of the brain as well as the nature of emotion. The implications for the school system are profound, never mind the implications for dealing with stress in our own lives and in the lives of our loved ones.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.


Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Welcome To The Digital Revolution: Education In The Age Of Disrupted Learning Technology and the Brain

In today’s digital landscape, we are witnessing the Age of Disrupted Learning - an incredibly turbulent time where every part of society is experiencing upheaval as the result of the pervasive nature of disruptive change. To thrive in these chaotic times, our schools, like our businesses, communities, and families, must continuously adapt to changing conditions. This presentation examines the changing nature of our world; identifies the critical 21st-century skills not being addressed by our current educational system; and specifically identifies how we can effectively engage learners so that they can perform exceptionally well on traditional exams, while simultaneously learning the critical new basics needed to excel in both school and life beyond school. Attendees will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources aligned to the Education in the Age of Disrupted Learning presentation.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes is the founder and Executive Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm. Born in Victoria and raised in West Vancouver, he has been a classroom teacher in Delta and the Gulf Islands. He has taught at every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and been a school administrator, a BCTF PD Associate, a provincial coordinator, a university instructor, a national and international consultant, and a keynote speaker. To date, he has worked with clients in more than 80 countries and has made more than 9,000 presentations. He has authored or co-authored 18 books and 9 educational series. His most recent publications are the award-winning Reinventing Learning For the Always-On Generation, Leadershift, Where IT Meets ET, Teaching the Digital Generation, Living on the Future Edge, Understanding the Digital Generation, and Literacy Is Not Enough. First and foremost, Ian is a passionate educator. From the beginning his focus has been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become more relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generations - and to help students prepare themselves for their future and not just our past. Ian can be reached at iajukes@me.com.


Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Decolonizing Our Colonized Minds

As Indigenous peoples in Canada, we begin from a colonized place. Indigenous children in Canada are raised in school systems that focus on Euro-Canadian worldviews and ways of knowing. In BC, there has been a move by the Ministry of Education to bring Indigenous ways of knowing into curriculum. However, the need to support Indigenous children to not only understand the many Indigenous worldviews, but to actually make that paradigm shift to the worldviews of their people, is paramount. Through the decolonization of curriculum and school environments, learning our peoples’ ways of knowing and ways of being will support that paradigm shift and the decolonization of our children's minds.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Judy Thompson

Edōsdi, Dr. Judy Thompson, is a member of the Tahltan Nation. Edōsdi literally means "someone who raises up pets and children", or more simply, “someone who is a teacher.”  She is an assistant professor in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and a trained elementary school teacher. Edōsdi has a BSc (Kinesiology), a MSc (Environmental Studies), and a PhD (Environmental Studies/Education/Linguistics). Her research interests include Indigenous language revitalization, Indigenous research methodologies, culturally-based curriculum, and Indigenous knowledge systems. She is currently the Director of the Tahltan Language and Culture Program for her Nation.  


Friday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Marrying The Highly Silly With The Highly Cerebral Comedian

Charlie Demers has been called, "the West Coast’s funniest political comic". In this session, join Charlie for 45 minutes of comedy about teachers and education followed by a 15 minute Q&A opportunity. Charlie combines political humour that's never shrill or self-righteous with broader jokes that are never thoughtless.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Charlie Demers

Charles Demers is an author and stand-up comedian. His collection of essays, Vancouver Special, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of three novels: The Prescription Errors, The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things and his newest book The Dad Dialogues, co-written with George Bowering. He has performed for national television and radio audiences and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show "The Debaters". Charles is equally well-received whether delivering jokes in a sports bar or emceeing a gala for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  Not many people have both on their resume.


Friday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

What Students Need To Flourish Resilience

We all want our students to thrive - to become all they were meant to be. But how is this to be accomplished? What conditions are required for optimal functioning? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential? Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to this quintessential question of human development.  A consciousness of the irreducible needs of children is a much needed antidote to a society that has become outcome driven and a culture that has lost its intuitive wisdom. 

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.


Friday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation: New Connections Technology and the Brain

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this session looks at the modern world, examines the new entry skills students will need to be successful in digitally-infused working environments and provides a comprehensive profile of ten core learning attributes of digital learners. What are the new thinking skills our students will require, and how must we shift instruction to ensure we are equipping them with these skills? New Connections provides a pragmatic look at how we can teach effectively in a time when emergent technologies cascade onto the new digital landscape. Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources aligned to the core learning attributes. 

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes is the founder and Executive Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm. Born in Victoria and raised in West Vancouver, he has been a classroom teacher in Delta and the Gulf Islands. He has taught at every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and been a school administrator, a BCTF PD Associate, a provincial coordinator, a university instructor, a national and international consultant, and a keynote speaker. To date, he has worked with clients in more than 80 countries and has made more than 9,000 presentations. He has authored or co-authored 18 books and 9 educational series. His most recent publications are the award-winning Reinventing Learning For the Always-On Generation, Leadershift, Where IT Meets ET, Teaching the Digital Generation, Living on the Future Edge, Understanding the Digital Generation, and Literacy Is Not Enough. First and foremost, Ian is a passionate educator. From the beginning his focus has been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become more relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generations - and to help students prepare themselves for their future and not just our past. Ian can be reached at iajukes@me.com.


Friday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Our Languages Are Who We Are: The Rights Of Indigenous Children To Learn Their Ancestral Languages

Indigenous languages are connected to our cultures, our lands, our Ancestors. When learning their Ancestral languages, children learn their peoples’ worldviews, ways of knowing, ways of being in the world. When children have that connection to their peoples through language, there comes a pride in being able to identify themselves as part of a collective consciousness. Just after the birth of Canada 150 years ago, the government’s policies to “kill the Indian in the child” included the attempted linguicide of all Indigenous languages. Under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we have the right to teach our children our languages. The majority of Indigenous languages are now endangered, so it is even more crucial that Indigenous children are given the opportunity to become fluent speakers. Examples of how the Tahltan Nation is working to create a healthier, more resilient people through the intergenerational transmission of language learning will be highlighted.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Judy Thompson

Edōsdi, Dr. Judy Thompson, is a member of the Tahltan Nation. Edōsdi literally means "someone who raises up pets and children", or more simply, “someone who is a teacher.”  She is an assistant professor in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and a trained elementary school teacher. Edōsdi has a BSc (Kinesiology), a MSc (Environmental Studies), and a PhD (Environmental Studies/Education/Linguistics). Her research interests include Indigenous language revitalization, Indigenous research methodologies, culturally-based curriculum, and Indigenous knowledge systems. She is currently the Director of the Tahltan Language and Culture Program for her Nation.  


Friday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Multiplicative Thinking: From Skip Counting To Algebra Math K-7

So much in our math curriculum depends on multiplication and mastery of the facts is just one small part of the puzzle. Being able to reason multiplicatively means being able to recognize patterns in the multiples, to make connections to rate of growth, to understand and apply divisibility rules and to operate on fractions. Come and learn strategies, games and tasks to support students to think deeply about these important multiplicative relationships.

Target Audience
Intermediate (e.g. 4-7)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Carole Fullerton

Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond. Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally throughout her 25 year career, was a featured speaker at the NCTM conference in New Orleans and a keynote speaker at the NorthWest Math Conference in Whistler, BC. Her graduate research on spatial thinking was featured at the Psychology of Mathematics Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic and also in Bergen, Norway. She has authored and co-authored more than fifteen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach, focused on mathematical thinking, on mastery of the facts, and on the operations.  She was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University where she taught in a Numeracy Graduate Diploma Program, and enjoyed shepherding teachers on their pedagogical journey. But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

Friday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Shannen's Dream Aboriginal Education

This keynote address will focus on how teachers and students can play a leading role in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's top calls to action to end inequality across all government services for First Nations children.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Crystal Pavilion A
Pan Pacific Vancouver

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.


Friday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Resilience, Stress And School Resilience

Resilience is an incredible construct - an overarching metaphor that touches on the arenas of stress, neural plasticity, emotional health, recovery, healing, mental illness, adaptation, defendedness, and therapy. It is relevant to everyone in most every role and regardless of age: teachers, therapists, youth workers, parents, support workers, etc. Fresh understandings are coming to the fore as we glean more working knowledge of the brain as well as the nature of emotion. The implications for the school system are profound, never mind the implications for dealing with stress in our own lives and in the lives of our loved ones.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibit Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.


Friday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Bringing Back The Literacy In Digital Literacy Digital Literacy and Fake News

As the new BC curriculum promotes a more inquiry-based approach to learning, the need to develop diverse digital literacies becomes even more crucial.  But how can we keep up when new apps and programs keep popping up? In this keynote, Ron Darvin talks about getting past an app-centred paradigm and to go back to what is at the core of digital literacy so that we can teach our students to be truly literate in the 21st century.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Ron Darvin

Ron Darvin has been a teacher for 15 years, and is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Language and Literacy Education Department of UBC.  His research examines issues of digital literacy and equity in K-12 contexts. Ron has received the 2016 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research and the 2017 LSP SIG Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association.


Friday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The Rewilding Revolution: Reconnecting Humanity With Nature In The 21st Century Environmental Connections

Recent studies underline our physical and psychological need for nature, as well as the power of experiential, place-based learning. The current gap between children and nature threatens the health of our youth and the places they live. Ecological sustainability—humanity living in a mutually enhancing relationship with the rest of nature—may well be impossible unless people care for their native places. Yet here in the high-tech 21st Century, we’ve become more alienated from nearby nature than ever before. At this perilous moment in history, how can we broker a new human-nature relationship, one that embraces both technology and the natural world? The answer, says Scott Sampson, is a rewilding revolution that transforms our cities into high tech, nature-rich places rooted in place-based learning. In this presentation, Sampson outlines the key elements of this revolution, and describes the critical role of educators.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.  Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has also authored multiple books for children and adults, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. He is perhaps best known, however, as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.


Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Place Value In Primary Math K-7

Place value in the primary grades begins to develop in Kindergarten. From subitizing to estimating, and from the operations to measurement, place value has a critical role to play. What tasks, questions and manipulatives support meaning-making? Literature connections, open-ended tasks and games will be shared in this session for teachers of Kindergarten through Grade 3. Come prepared to play! Teacher resources will be available for purchase at the session.

Target Audience
Primary (e.g. K-3)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Carole Fullerton

Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond. Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally throughout her 25 year career, was a featured speaker at the NCTM conference in New Orleans and a keynote speaker at the NorthWest Math Conference in Whistler, BC. Her graduate research on spatial thinking was featured at the Psychology of Mathematics Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic and also in Bergen, Norway. She has authored and co-authored more than fifteen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach, focused on mathematical thinking, on mastery of the facts, and on the operations.  She was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University where she taught in a Numeracy Graduate Diploma Program, and enjoyed shepherding teachers on their pedagogical journey. But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Children: The Best Reconciliation Changemakers Aboriginal Education

Want to bring reconciliation into your classroom but are not sure how to teach students about the past in ways that prepare them to address ongoing injustices facing Indigenous peoples in Canada?  This presentation is for you.  Learn how children of all ages are working with their teachers and The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society to spread reconciliation in places like the United Nations, Parliament, courtrooms and gardens.  

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Crystal Pavilion A
Pan Pacific Vancouver

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.


Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

What Students Need To Flourish Resilience

We all want our students to thrive - to become all they were meant to be. But how is this to be accomplished? What conditions are required for optimal functioning? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential? Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to this quintessential question of human development.  A consciousness of the irreducible needs of children is a much needed antidote to a society that has become outcome driven and a culture that has lost its intuitive wisdom. 

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibit Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.


Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Fake News And Critical Digital Literacy Digital Literacy and Fake News

In this age of “post-truth”, how can we provide our students with a more critical lens to navigate the digital world and find legitimate knowledge? In this keynote, Ron Darvin discusses the mechanisms and motivations behind fake news and shares online tools and strategies to help students distinguish fake from the real, and lies from the truth.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Ron Darvin

Ron Darvin has been a teacher for 15 years, and is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Language and Literacy Education Department of UBC.  His research examines issues of digital literacy and equity in K-12 contexts. Ron has received the 2016 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research and the 2017 LSP SIG Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association.


Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Rooted In Place: Transforming Education Through STEM Learning Ecosystems Environmental Connections

Within one generation, on the order of 80% of jobs will require literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Meeting this demand represents a huge educational challenge. However, a great opportunity now exists to support teachers, says Scott Sampson—not through the addition of more STEM provider organizations, but rather via deep, cross-sector collaboration. In this presentation, Sampson describes an emerging movement known as “STEM learning ecosystems,” which leverage the assets of multiple partners to scale impact and provide the support necessary to boost scientific literacy. Three elements are key: 1) a dramatic increase in the number of STEM mentors (both teachers and community experts); 2) networking of these mentors within their local communities; and 3) a digital portal that serves as both resource library and social platform. Sampson will also unveil plans for Canada’s first STEAM learning ecosystem (the “A” added for Art & Design), which will be based right here in British Columbia.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.  Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has also authored multiple books for children and adults, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. He is perhaps best known, however, as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.


Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

We Are All Connected: Deepening Understanding Of Self, Family, The Land And The World Literacy

Vancouver teacher Adrienne Gear is back and excited to share some of her new units, lessons and ideas! In this session, she will share some of the ways she has been integrating the Reading Power approach of reading and thinking into other areas of the redesigned curriculum. She will highlight details of her First Nations unit—We Are All Connected—as well as units exploring Canada, immigration and global justice. As always, Adrienne will be highlighting some amazing anchor books to use in your classroom and will share lessons and student samples. Adrienne’s practical ideas can be easily implemented into your classroom and you will leave this workshop feeling inspired and ready to end the year with an amazing new unit!

Target Audience
Elementary (e.g. K-7)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Adrienne Gear

Adrienne Gear is a BC teacher, author and popular workshop presenter. She is the author of 5 books on Reading and Writing Power (Pembroke Publishers) and is well-known for her dynamic and practical workshops. She has presented throughout BC, across Canada and internationally in the US, UK and Sweden. She continues to stay grounded in classroom practice, teaching two days a week in Vancouver where she works as a collaborative literacy support teacher.


Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Engaging Hearts And Minds Literacy

Key to making a difference in student learning is engagement. In this session we will examine pedagogical practices such as open-ended teaching and tasks, literature and information circles, inquiry, reading and writing workshop, and formative assessment. See how these practices engage students and provide access points for the diverse learners in your class. Examples that capture the hearts and minds of your students, collected from BC classes, will spark your planning and provide you with models to use in your teaching.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Faye Brownlie

Faye Brownlie, one of BC’s leading literacy leaders, is inspired by collaboration with teachers and their students. A long-time advocate of our collective ability to teach all our students to read and write, Faye is known for her passion and her practicality. Her most recent co-authored book is Student Diversity, 3rd edition, now including primary examples.


Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Fostering Resilience In A Stressed Culture Stress, Anxiety, Resilience & Connection

Many more children than in the past are diagnosed these days with various learning and behaviour difficulties and many have problems learning from negative experiences. Schools are also having to deal with an increasing incidence of bullying which “zero tolerance” policies do not seem to be diminishing. Dr. Maté’s sessions, based on his best-selling books, will include generous time for interactive dialogue with participants and will focus on the causes and underlying dynamics of the challenges faced by today’s children—and therefore, by the adults tasked with nurturing and educating them. It will be shown that the most important feature of any approach to resilience needs to be the attachment relationship between children and the adults responsible for their care. Sometimes we seek to avoid conflict by keeping each other at an emotional arm’s length, creating yet another impediment to genuine connection.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.  He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism, will be published in 2018.


Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Inclusive Education: Getting To Know And Planning For Learners From A Strength-Based Perspective Curriculum and Inclusion

This session will look at how changing planning models are moving away from deficit medical based frameworks to plans that look at the strengths and contributions of individuals. We will see examples and share strategies of how these strength based perspectives can guide program planning with a focus on balance and growth rather than retrofitting and standardization.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore is a highly sought after inclusive education researcher, collaborator, consultant and storyteller. She has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research has been featured at international conferences including the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), The American Education Research Association (AERA) and the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE). Shelley’s interactive presentations are constructed based on contexts of specific schools and communities and integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and technology. Her first book entitled, One Without the Other was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley in January 2016 highlighting the foundational influence in her work, about presuming competence. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a Social Science and Human Resources Council (SSHRC) funded PhD scholar at the University of British Columbia. She is also the recent recipient of the Engagement award, a national competition highlighting SSHRC funded research through story.


Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Writing Power: Effective Writing Instruction And Assessment Literacy

In this “Pinterest” driven world, writing lessons are often based on the “product”, rather than the “process”. In this session, Adrienne will outline her ideas on how to set up an effective process-driving writing program. Based on this approach, she will share thoughts on an effective weekly writing routine, writing goals, effective editing, conferencing and assessment practices. Adrienne will share student samples, practical mini lessons and recommended anchor books to support your writing lessons. Come to this session and leave with many lessons and ideas to revamp and recharge your writing program!

Target Audience
Elementary (e.g. K-5)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Adrienne Gear

Adrienne Gear is a BC teacher, author and popular workshop presenter. She is the author of 5 books on Reading and Writing Power (Pembroke Publishers) and is well-known for her dynamic and practical workshops. She has presented throughout BC, across Canada and internationally in the US, UK and Sweden. She continues to stay grounded in classroom practice, teaching two days a week in Vancouver where she works as a collaborative literacy support teacher.


Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

It's All About Thinking Literacy

Now that creative thinking and critical thinking are listed as core competencies in our redesigned curriculum, they are resurfacing as areas of interest for teachers. How does a focus on thinking permeate an English/Language Arts class? What does this look like in a highly diverse class? Is this focus possible for English Language Learners and students who require additional learning support? Come and see how to design units and lessons that are woven together by thinking. See examples of what student work looks like in these lessons. See how to use the core competency profiles to support student self-assessment.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Faye Brownlie

Faye Brownlie, one of BC’s leading literacy leaders, is inspired by collaboration with teachers and their students. A long-time advocate of our collective ability to teach all our students to read and write, Faye is known for her passion and her practicality. Her most recent co-authored book is Student Diversity, 3rd edition, now including primary examples.


Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

The Myth Of Normal: Depression, Anxiety, And Addictions From A New Perspective Stress, Anxiety, Resilience & Connection

For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice and stigmatization. The reason for that may be not its strangeness but its familiarity. Very few individuals or families are not touched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterizes the mind state of the mentally ill. And beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in this stress and confused culture conduce to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. This talk will explore the causes and "normality" of depression, anxiety and addictions in our society.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.  He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism, will be published in 2018.


Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Curriculum For ALL: Designing Curricular Content & Competency For A Range Of Ability Curriculum and Inclusion

This session will look at how curricular plans can be responsive to the needs of a group of learners that include a variety of abilities. We will discuss examples and strategies of how all kids can achieve success through strategic planning of goals. We will look at frameworks such as Learning Maps and the Planning Pyramid to guide our design.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore is a highly sought after inclusive education researcher, collaborator, consultant and storyteller. She has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research has been featured at international conferences including the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), The American Education Research Association (AERA) and the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE). Shelley’s interactive presentations are constructed based on contexts of specific schools and communities and integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and technology. Her first book entitled, One Without the Other was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley in January 2016 highlighting the foundational influence in her work, about presuming competence. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a Social Science and Human Resources Council (SSHRC) funded PhD scholar at the University of British Columbia. She is also the recent recipient of the Engagement award, a national competition highlighting SSHRC funded research through story.


Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Writing Power: Effective Writing Instruction And Assessment Literacy

In this “Pinterest” driven world, writing lessons are often based on the “product”, rather than the “process”. In this session, Adrienne will outline her ideas on how to set up an effective process-driving writing program. Based on this approach, she will share thoughts on an effective weekly writing routine, writing goals, effective editing, conferencing and assessment practices. Adrienne will share student samples, practical mini lessons and recommended anchor books to support your writing lessons. Come to this session and leave with many lessons and ideas to revamp and recharge your writing program!

Target Audience
Elementary (e.g. K-5)

Room
Ballroom C
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Adrienne Gear

Adrienne Gear is a BC teacher, author and popular workshop presenter. She is the author of 5 books on Reading and Writing Power (Pembroke Publishers) and is well-known for her dynamic and practical workshops. She has presented throughout BC, across Canada and internationally in the US, UK and Sweden. She continues to stay grounded in classroom practice, teaching two days a week in Vancouver where she works as a collaborative literacy support teacher.


Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Génération Z: Plus sélective qu'excessive! Les rois de l’hyper-connexion Choc des générations

Qui sont les z ? Ces enfants, adolescents et jeunes adultes demeurent pour le moment un mystère, mais déjà quelques traits culturels communs, qui ne sauraient être définitifs, sont en train d’émerger et de se préciser. Nés entre 1995 et 2010, les Z (Zapping) sont issus, pour une grande majorité d’entre eux, de parents de la génération X (parents indulgent et permissif). Proche de la génération Y dans leurs attentes, elle est également nommée « Génération C » (Connecter, Communiquer, Créer, Collaborer). Ils se complaisent dans l’instant. Ils se révèlent peu tolérants à la souffrance et évitent les confrontations. La jeunesse de cette génération a été semée d’embûches que les parents ont créées, mais pour cette génération de l’information, rien n’est impossible. Cette conférence vous permettra de fournir des moyens pédagogiques et pratiques afin de mieux adapter les interventions aux caractéristiques de la génération Z.

Target Audience
Pour tous (M-12)

Room
11
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Carol Allain

Carol Allain est ancien chargé de cours à l’Université d’Ottawa et à l’Université du Québec. Depuis 1986, il donne plus de 100 conférences chaque année dans nombre d’entreprises, d’institutions, d’associations et d’organisations au Canada, en France, en Suisse, en Allemagne, en Martinique, au Portugal, et dans d’autres pays.  Il est l’auteur des ouvrages: Le choc des générations : Cohabiter, une responsabilité partagée (2016, 8e édition), Génération Z, les rois de l’hyper-connexion (2015, 2e édition), L’Estime de soi, comment composer avec le regard de l’autre porté sur soi (2012), L’Enfant-roi : tout, tout de suite ! (2001).   M. Allain a participé à différentes émissions de télévision et de radio ainsi et est l’auteur de plusieurs articles sur des sujets tels que : La génération Y : Qui sont-ils, comment les aborder ? Génération Z : Plus sélective qu’excessive… ! L’adaptation aux changements et l’impact sur les générations et La conciliation vie personnelle et vie professionnelle.


Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Financial Literacy In Primary Math K-7

Financial literacy is the latest addition to our primary curriculum. What is important to know with respect to money for our youngest learners? Together we will explore ideas around earning, saving and spending/giving money in this session for teachers of Kindergarten through Grade 3. A free e-book will be shared.

Target Audience
Primary (e.g. K-3)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Carole Fullerton

Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond. Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally throughout her 25 year career, was a featured speaker at the NCTM conference in New Orleans and a keynote speaker at the NorthWest Math Conference in Whistler, BC. Her graduate research on spatial thinking was featured at the Psychology of Mathematics Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic and also in Bergen, Norway. She has authored and co-authored more than fifteen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach, focused on mathematical thinking, on mastery of the facts, and on the operations.  She was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University where she taught in a Numeracy Graduate Diploma Program, and enjoyed shepherding teachers on their pedagogical journey. But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Compassion Fatigue: Caring For Our Ourselves While Caring For Others Stress, Anxiety, Resilience & Connection

Though compassion fatigue is an oft-used phrase, how accurate is it? Does one truly become fatigued by feeling, expressing, or manifesting compassion? This workshop will explore the deeper source of the well-known phenomenon of burnout, when people engaged in caring for others experience a depletion of their energies, a psychic and physical lassitude. That deeper source, it will be demonstrated, is to be found the personal history of the individual and his or her relationship to the work, not merely in the nature of the work itself. Practices will be taught to prevent what is knowns as compassion fatigue, and to restore our energies if we have been affected by it.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.  He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism, will be published in 2018.


Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

BC's Revised Curriculum As A Pathway To Developing Self-Regulated Learners And Citizens Building Community

How can we maximize the potential of BC’s renewed curriculum? One key opportunity is to foster students’ capacity as self-regulated learners. In this session we’ll consider examples and methods that leverage the renewed curriculum to nurture SRL.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Leyton Schnellert

Leyton Schnellert is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia - Okanagan. His research attends to how teachers and learners can embrace student diversity, self- and co-regulation and pedagogical practices to build participatory, collaborative, and culturally-responsive learning communities.


Saturday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Proportional Reasoning In Grades 4-9: Fractions, Ratios And More Math K-7

Proportional reasoning is an essential concept in elementary and middle school math. Success with algebraic thinking and manipulating real-world problems depend on proportional reasoning, so having a solid understanding of fractions and ratios is key! Come and learn rich tasks, engaging games and literature links to promote deep thinking in proportional reasoning.

Target Audience
Intermediate/Secondary (e.g. 4-9)

Room
Ballroom A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Carole Fullerton

Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond. Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally throughout her 25 year career, was a featured speaker at the NCTM conference in New Orleans and a keynote speaker at the NorthWest Math Conference in Whistler, BC. Her graduate research on spatial thinking was featured at the Psychology of Mathematics Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic and also in Bergen, Norway. She has authored and co-authored more than fifteen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach, focused on mathematical thinking, on mastery of the facts, and on the operations.  She was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University where she taught in a Numeracy Graduate Diploma Program, and enjoyed shepherding teachers on their pedagogical journey. But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

Saturday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Peer Orientation: Why Children Are Stressed, Why Parents And Teachers Are Disempowered And How To Restore A Healthy Balance In Adult-Child Relationships Stress, Anxiety, Resilience & Connection

Parenting and teaching are much harder these days than they used to be, and than they should be. In Hold On To Your Kids, Dr. Gabor Maté (with developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld) forwards a provocative and important view of why this is, and what we can do to counteract it. The root of the problem is that children no longer look to adults for emotional support, the teaching of values, or the modeling of behavior. This state of affairs may be the norm today, but it’s neither natural nor healthy. This talk aims at restoring parenting to its natural intuitive basis and the adult-child relationship to its rightful preeminence. Parents must regain their natural authority, without coercion, punishment and artificial consequences. 

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Exhibition Hall A
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.  He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism, will be published in 2018.


Saturday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Building Participatory, Collaborative, And Culturally-Responsive Learning Communities Developing Communities

What if we stopped using language like “low”, “problem”, “not yet meeting”, and “standards” in our classrooms and instead welcomed all students as capable, contributing members? A hallmark of student-centered classrooms is that they nurture student voice and offer students choice. In this session, we’ll explore attributes and examples of participatory, collaborative and culturally responsive classroom learning communities.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Room
Ballroom B
Vancouver Convention Centre East

Leyton Schnellert

Leyton Schnellert is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia - Okanagan. His research attends to how teachers and learners can embrace student diversity, self- and co-regulation and pedagogical practices to build participatory, collaborative, and culturally-responsive learning communities.