October 20 2017 – 9:00am-4:00pm – GTA – Venue TBA
Our Spring Learning Day focusing on innovation in education will introduce teachers AND administrators to the tools and ways of thinking necessary to conceptualize and cultivate a culture of innovation across their school community and to practically employ innovative tools in the classroom.
THE PROBLEM – The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Upwards of 65% of students entering primary school today are likely to grow up to work in job types that do not currently exist. The educational ecosystem in general continues to look for ways to address this reality. In the absence of a framework, culture and point of view regarding the nature of innovation, our efforts to prepare students for the future are likely to fall short.
THE SOLUTION – There is no quick fix when it comes to strengthening your innovation efforts. Innovation is a continual process of pushing the boundaries of the educational environment – a continual effort to question and iterate on approaches to teaching and the learning experience. This can only happen when administrators, teachers, and indeed students, come together to think critically about their approach to teaching, leading and learning.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:
*Adopting the innovator’s mindset (9:00am-10:30am) – An introduction to the concepts of innovation and their applicability to the challenge of preparing students for a currently unknown future.
*Growing Success as a tool for innovation (10:30am-12:00pm) -An exploration of specific assessment strategies that encourage self-direction and inquiry. Drawing directly from Growing Success, we will investigate the natural intersection between assessment “for” and “as” learning and the world of innovation. Teachers will be shown how to reframe the value and purpose of assessment for their students and how to design activities that harness the full potential of assessment strategies.
*Problem solving through design thinking (1:00pm-3:30pm) -This highly experiential session would show teachers how to design and deliver student centred activities that help students engage course content while practicing a wide variety of 21st century skills, including
creative problem-solving, collaboration and resilience.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Ryan Burwell, Educational Designer, Facilitator &
After spending nine years designing and delivering interdisciplinary curriculum in the independent
education sector, Ryan has spent the last four years creating educational experiences rooted in
21st century thinking for public school boards, private schools, universities and other
OFIS Members – $295
Non-Members – $395
*Use the code “MULTISTAFF during registration to receive a discount for multiple members of your staff to attend this event!