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February Pro-D

February 23rd, 2018
Zonal Professional Development Day

Theme: Making Connections 12

Keynote Speakers: Will Richardson and Dr. Deborah MacNamara

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From “Old School” to “Bold School”: Making the Jump from Traditional to Modern Learning

The main premise upon which schools were founded, that content and knowledge and teachers are scarce, has literally been turned on its head by the Web. Today, we carry the sum of human knowledge and access to millions of potential teachers in the phones in our pockets. And in a host of other ways, the idea of a “traditional” school is fading in it’s relevance to the new ways we and our students can learn. Given that reality, what changes? How do we rethink our roles as schools, classrooms and educators at a moment when our students have a growing number of options to cobble together an “education?” This session will discuss the paths that a number of “bold schools” are taking to fundamentally redefine their value as places of learning, not of content and teachers. We’ll discuss the challenges of remaining an “old” school, define the main characteristics of “bold” schools, look at schools that are already bridging the gap, and suggest ways to begin relevant, “bold” conversations around real change in our own schools and communities.

Deborah provides counselling and educational services to parents and professionals based on the relational-developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and presents on all of the Neufeld material. She is the author of the best selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), which has been translated into Russian, with Italian, and German versions to follow.
Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor with over 20 years experience in educational and mental health settings. She is passionate in taking developmental science and making it applicable to everyday life in the home and classroom.  The underlying purpose of all services is to put adults in the driver’s seat by making sense of kids from the inside out. From everyday questions to complex problems, strategies for making headway with a child or teen is grounded in a rich developmental framework


 Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

More globally, Dr. Liljedahl is the current president of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Dr. Liljedahl is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. His research interests are creativity, insight, and discovery in mathematics teaching and learning; the role of the affective domain on the teaching and learning of mathematics; the professional growth of mathematics teachers; mathematical problem solving; numeracy; and engaging student thinking. He consults regularly with schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, assessment, and numeracy.



Times & Location

Keynote:       8:30am to 10:00am
Workshops: 10:15am to 12:15am
Lunch:          12:15pm to 12:45pm
Workshops: 12:45pm to   2:45pm
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Location: Rutland Senior Secondary School
705 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna, BC V1X 3B6

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S.D. #23, #19,  #22: no charge
SD#23 non-COTA members: $55.00
All Other Districts: $90/full or part day



If you are interested in presenting at the next COTA Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. The call for presenters is now closed. Any new applications will be considered for the Summer Institute on August 28th, 29th, and 30th.

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