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Summer Institute 2016 – Enhancement of Student Performance through Engagement and Inquiry (Engage the Brain, Engage the Learner)

August 17, 2016 - August 18, 2016

435 CDN + GST

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Teachers, schools and districts across British Columbia are embracing a variety of student-centered, inquiry-based, collaborative approaches to learning to increase student engagement in the curriculum. Enhancing student ability to engage in and take ownership of their learning is a complex and multi-faceted process and teachers need professional development opportunities to ensure best-practice in application.

Join us in using knowledge of how the brain learns to explore a variety of teaching and learning strategies, applicable across the curriculum, to authentically engage a wide range of learners.

Practical, ready-to-use ideas, activities, and resources for your classroom will help us examine the importance of:

  • Social Interaction: collaboration and accountable talk
  • Relevance: student learning preferences and interests, inquiry based approaches
  • Context & Patterns: comprehension and vocabulary development, formative assessment
  • Emotional Connection: varying ways to respond, individual choice, and appropriate challenge

Connections to the BC Ministry of Education curriculum, monographs and articles on student engagement, and to The Adolescent Literacy Guide will be made as we explore student engagement; a valuable outcome on its own and a necessary driver of student achievement.



lionel-bioLionel Sandner

Lionel’s professional background includes teaching in both the K – 12 and university systems, leading provincial and national curriculum science initiatives and creating print and digital resources. Currently he works with teachers supporting their practice with a focus on inquiry, student engagement and integrating literacy into all subjects. He is also involved in working collaboratively with teachers to create customized resources using social media and digital printing technology.



sandra-mirabelli-new-bioSandra Mirabelli

Sandra has over 22 years of experience in education.  Her approach to cross curricular integration moved with her from the elementary classroom to her current role as an Academic Consultant focused on Literacy, Science, and Integrated Curriculum Design (grades 7 to 10) at the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.  She supports elementary and secondary teachers in developing engaging, integrated, inquiry-based programs for their students. Sandra has authored literacy strategy lessons for a number of junior/intermediate science resources across Canada.



Sandra and Lionel have been working together supporting teachers in developing practical, authentic ways to combine science and literacy in the classroom while developing interdisciplinary skills applicable across the curriculum.They have also presented together at the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Annual Conference (STAO 2014. 2015), the Reading for the Love of It Annual Conference (2014, 2015) and the National Science Teachers’ Association National Conference in Nashville (NSTA 2016).



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August 17, 2016
August 18, 2016
435 CDN + GST
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