Your one stop shop for field trip information!

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012, 3:00 – 6:00pm (arrive when you can)

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC

  • Meet the educators from over 50 field trip sites
  • Opportunities to win a free field trip for your class
  • Bus bursaries for charter transportation
  • Refreshments for pre-registered guests
  • Free parking – draw for those who can show a transit ticket!

TEACHER REGISTRATION IS OPEN.  Click here to register.

Advanced registration is required to attend. This is an adult only event due to liquor licensing.

Bring a colleague to the event. Print a poster for your staff room (see below). 

field_trip_fair_for_teachers.pdf

~text from the B.C. Field Trips Website

The conference program features a range of sessions that will interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels, and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy (e.g. visual, critical, etc.), research, and technology.  Please contact Heather Daly if you have questions: hdaly@sd43.bc.ca or 604-937-6380.

Keynotes include: Dr. David Loertscher, San José State University School of Library & Information Science and Chris Kennedy, CEO / Superintendent of Schools, School District #45 West Vancouver.  Featured speakers include: Dr. Joanne de Groot, Dr. Ann Ewbank, Adrienne Gear, Judith Comfort, and over thirty other amazing educators.

October 18 and 19

Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam

Detailed program information and registration is now available here.

~text from the BCTLA Coquitlam 2012 Website

Open Education has come of age. The tiny movement that began in the late 1990s as a desire to increase access to educational opportunity has blossomed into requirements in national grant programs, key strategies in state legislatures and offices of education, content sharing initiatives at hundreds of universities and high schools, and a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors.

For over a decade the focus of the open education community has been on open educational resources. As we celebrate the success of that work the Open Education 2012 Conference will also lay out a road map for the next decade where open education moves beyond content.

OpenEd12, the ninth annual Open Education Conference, will frame the conversation about the future of open education. Come be part of the discussion – we need your energy, brains, passion, and dedication!

Join us for the “annual reunion of the open education family,” spanning three stimulating days in Vancouver, BC, October 16-18.

~from the Open Education: Beyond Content Website. Further information and registration here

“B.C. Education Minister wants new focus on reading: One-third of students aren’t meeting expectations.  Reading in the early grades will be the top priority for the next school year in B.C. because one in three children still struggle with literacy.”

~ quoted text, full Vancouver Sun article here.

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun July 25, 2012

Ministry of Education’s A New Focus on Reading document here.

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See Tiffany Poirier’s website about The Personalized Learning Movement: an new approach for teaching and enriching students’ learning experience.

Philosophy of Personalized Learning here.

Tiffany Poirier is an award-winning teacher, published children’s book author-illustrator and educational writer, with areas of specialty in gifted education, philosophy for children, and creativity.  Sought after as a curriculum designer, speaker and staff developer, Tiffany has led numerous well-attended workshops and speaking engagements, including a presentation at an international conference.

She was named as an exceptional alumnus by both of the universities from which she holds degrees, with her unique teaching contributions written about on the UBC Education website and in the UVic alumni magazine.  Tiffany joined the teaching profession in 2006.

~text from The Personalized Learning website.

UBC Library Holdings Information of Tiffany’s children’s book here.

Read the latest on The Roots of Empathy: the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Education’s program to teach compassion and empathy to youth and children in British Columbia.

Full article from the Province of British Columbia website here.

Read The Vancouver Sun’s article about innovative enriched education for young students in British Columbia. Full article here.

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun June 5, 2012

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

The UBC Farm offers many educational options for teachers, parents, and children. Check out the Children’s Learning Garden, the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, FarmDiscovery Tours, and the FarmWonders Spring and Summer Camp on the UBC Farm website.

School programs and workshops available.

Children and youth can attend a variety of summer programs offered by the Digital Media Academy at the UBC Vancouver Campus.  Courses include filmmaking, acting, game and comic creation, science, engineering, architecture, art, music, photography, and media studies.  Education is fun! 

For more information, dates, and registration, view the website here.

Read the latest news on year-round education in British Columbia from The Tyee here. Second in a three part series.

By Aleksandra Sagan, 3 May 2012, TheTyee.ca

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