CSC & Wikwemikong: Rethinking Adolescent Literacy

Earlier this month, I attended the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in support of Curriculum Service Canada’s (CSC’s) presentation. CSC’s consultant Brian Weishar, together with Mick Staruck from the Wikwemikong Board of Education, presented a reflection on their recent co-teaching project, entitled “Rethinking Adolescent Literacy: An Innovative Instructional Coaching Model.” Brian and Mick’s unique […]

GSL: Gumbaynggirr as a Second Language

As a writer, I have always been fascinated by the ways in which language impacts our lives: the way our ability to think in the abstract is limited by our vocabulary, or the way varying grammatical structures across languages result in different communication styles and cultural norms. My “word nerdiness” has only grown since joining […]

Reframing #Canada150 in the Context of Truth and Reconciliation

I had the privilege of hearing Charlene Bearhead speak at an international education conference in Ottawa earlier this year. She blew me away, and frankly the whole audience, too. She challenged and enlightened me and I’ve harkened back to her message many times. As we’ve been thinking and learning about Canada 150, we asked Charlene […]

Racial Identity in the Classroom

By choosing Dr. Chris Emdin as the opening keynote speaker for SXSWedu, conference organizers sent a powerful message. “We’re here to create lasting change,” they said. “We want to tear down the education systems that are no longer working and build something more inclusive. And to do that, we’re willing to make people uncomfortable.” Chris […]

5 Ways eLearning Can Change Your Classroom

Educators are constantly trying to find ways to make their learning environment more innovative and interesting for students. One way to get students engaged in learning is through eLearning tools. We live in a technology-abundant world where today’s students are surrounded by digital. From messaging friends to using apps to find directions, students are used […]

Working With Teacher Coaches at Innova Schools

I was one of the members of the CSC team who worked with Innova Schools on their Teacher Coaching project this year. After this experience, I can say without hesitation that the candidates chosen by Innova Schools to participate in the training were highly-committed, lifelong learners who embraced the opportunity to learn about coaching skills. […]

How to Keep Kids Learning All Summer (and Year) Long

Growing up for many of us, summer holidays were a time for resting and preparing for the upcoming school year. While having a few months off for rest and relaxation might seem beneficial to students, it can actually have some serious consequences. so it is important that we don’t disengage children during this time. Engage […]

An Analog Approach to Gamification

  At SXSWedu I went to a lot of sessions. A lot of panels. A lot of meetups. I heard a bunch of great ideas and learned a ton of new things, which I’ve come to accept as par for the course at an education conference. But there was one session I wasn’t prepared for: an immersive […]

What is it to educate?

                        In February, 2016, I was asked to participate in a round table discussion at the International Congress of Educators in Lima, Peru. The topic of the discussion was “What is it to educate?” At first, I was overwhelmed at the thought of dealing […]