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Vancouver Summer Institute: Student Inquiry Across the Curriculum

August 20, 2015 from 9:00 am - August 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm


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The new BC curriculum, with its increased focus on thinking competencies and big ideas, provides more space and opportunity for teachers to design learning around meaningful tasks, higher order thinking skills and student interests and passions. This practical, hands-on workshop will have two major themes:

  1. A facilitated exploration of the new BC curriculum, including the new critical and creative thinking competencies. Teachers will come away with a deep understanding of the goals and outcomes of the new curriculum.
  2. Strategies on how to design inquiry-based tasks. Using a number of real-classroom examples, we will explore various key elements necessary for inquiry:
    • Creating the conditions and an environment that sparks inquiry
    • Building and scaffolding the skills and habits of mind necessary for an inquiry mindset
    • How technology and assessment are powerful building blocks for inquiry

Participants will come away from the day with many new ideas, strategies and resources to help increase student engagement, thinking and learning.


Downloadable Materials

Presentation slides (PDF)

The Facilitators

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Neil Stephenson

Neil Stephenson is a District Principal of Innovation and Inquiry for the Delta School District, Vancouver, BC. During his time as a classroom teacher, Neil received several distinguished awards and was chosen as an Apple Distinguished Educator for his work on integrating technology and inquiry-based learning.

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Diane Graves is the District Vice Principal of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment with the Delta School District. Diane’s classroom and district work have all involved aspects of collaborative inquiry. In her current role, Diane facilitates school based teams to develop effective ways to weave formative and summative assessment approaches with a variety of instructional approaches using the emerging new BC curriculum.

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August 20, 2015 from 9:00 am
August 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm


Holiday Inn Vancouver
10720 Cambie Road
Richmond, British Columbia V6X 1K8 Canada
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PDS Canada
(905) 977-9091