Regional Professional Development

Northern Region Schools

Save the date and plan to attend on April 26, 2019. More information regarding speakers, topics to come soon.

Okanagan Schools

February 15, 2019 - save the date and plan to attend! More information about speakers, topics and registration info to come soon!

Vancouver Island Schools

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice


February 14, 2019

Hosted by Nanaimo Christian School

** SPEAKER: John Spencer**

Author of the bestselling Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Learning, and Making Learning Flow as well as the founder of two Ed-tech start ups. In 2013 he spoke at the WhiteHouse, sharing a vision for how to empower students to be future-ready through creativity and design.

I’m a professor and a maker. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both. I’m a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. I want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. I have a crazy belief that all people are naturally creative. Too many people have believed the lie that there are certain “creative types” who are the exception to the rule. But we are all creative. Every one of us. And we can tap into this natural creativity when we embrace a maker mindset.

**TOPIC **

Student choice is about more than just a menu option. It’s about student ownership. This includes ownership of the processes, the assessment, the strategies, and the metacognition. But how do we make this happen? How do we fit this into our standards and our curriculum map?

REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE: More Information can be found on the events page.