PreConference Thursday

10:00 - 16:00


Mónica Sandifer & Polly Vella - Technology Integration in Global Language Classrooms

Mónica Sandifer & Polly Vella - Technology Integration in Global Language Classrooms

Whole School

We believe that public speaking builds confidence in individuals and that events like L2 build community.

Our goal is to share our classroom experiences, our findings and to allow participants share their ideas and their stories.

The Global language classes strive to inspire a love for language acquisition.  Our classrooms enable students to communicate with confidence in the target language and to develop a foundation for intercultural awareness that will foster international understanding. Linguistic proficiency is essential for successful interactions in an increasingly connected world, and therefore is at the core of any curriculum.


The goals of this session are to share platforms that we use in our classrooms. We will look at current research regarding technology and how it can develop and enhance acquisition of languages. We look forward to hearing ideas from other teachers as well.


Participants will learn about available technology tools for  Global Language classes and explore current research about technology in the Global Language Classroom.

Adam Llevo - ChargeUP Your Classroom

Adam Llevo - ChargeUP Your Classroom

Elementary, Middle & High School Audience

Join Adam for a day of active learning in the classroom in which he will share practical examples of how to embrace technology to energize the learning. As a participant you will be expected to bring your own smart device. I will share a list of apps with you prior to the course. The session will be both theoretical and practical as we learn to use the apps to enhance teaching and learning. You will be active participants so please dress appropriately. This course is recommended for all who coach – and all teachers are coaches! Whether you are a PE teacher, instructional coach, sports coach, or a teacher of any discipline; please join Adam for an active, fun, innovative approach to improve our classrooms.

The course will look into:

  • Successful strategies in incorporating video analysis into the practical classroom
  • Engaging learning through using Augmented reality in the theory classroom
  • Innovative teaching resources
  • Tools to help structure and organize your classes
Kevin Crouch - Learning Analytics for Teacher Leaders - Leading Data-Informed Conversations

Kevin Crouch - Learning Analytics for Teacher Leaders - Leading Data-Informed Conversations

Teacher Leaders, Administrators, Coaches

Data inquiry is a learner-focused process where teachers can turn questions into data, data into information, and information into wisdom. This pre-conference will offer something for all abilities, tapping into accessible data sets to learn how to bring clarity and light into a world of assumptions, myths, and quick thinking. Learn how to find high-impact problem areas, identify cohorts of learners, set personal or team goals, and take action in meaningful ways. We will achieve this by building important data literacy and conversation skills that are becoming increasingly essential in a data-rich and information poor world.

We will achieve this by engaging in a cyclical process of collaborative data inquiry that can be applied at the classroom, team or organizational level. Through this inquiry, participants will learn and apply a variety of learning analytics methods and tools that will illustrate the technologies available to all educators and allow them to better understand and make use of their ever-growing data streams. Instantly step-up your data game and become the teacher leader you were destined to be.

Joanne Brown & Alison White - Learners in the Lead - Getting Started with Personalised Inquiry

Joanne Brown & Alison White - Learners in the Lead - Getting Started with Personalised Inquiry

Elementary Audience

Personalized inquiry is built around students’ curiosity, interests, passions, and goals. When children have the opportunity to make choices and take charge of their own learning they are highly engaged, focused and motivated. Students take ownership of their learning, developing skills and understanding that transfer and apply in other contexts. Questioning, planning, investigating, creating, reflecting and goal setting play a key role in the inquiry.

We want you to leave our session confident, prepared and ready to implement personalized inquiry. During the session, we will examine the importance and value of students participating in personalized inquiry. We will explore how to get started and work through the inquiry process, integrating 21st-century skills. Participants will create an action plan for their school/K-5 classroom to implement personalized inquiry and investigate the following questions:

  • What does personalized inquiry look like in K-5 classrooms?
  • How can we get to know our students’ interests and passions?
  • How can we provide opportunities for students to understand and develop learning skills/dispositions?
  • How can we foster curiosity, questioning and thinking skills?
  • What structures and documentation do we need to utilize – plans, reflections, assessments?
  • How can students share their learning?
  • What resources are available to support personalized inquiry?
  • What is the role of the teacher/other adults?
Susie Wise - Design Thinking in Schools

Susie Wise - Design Thinking in Schools

Whole School Audience

This immersive workshop is an introduction to the process and mindsets of design thinking for school leaders. Participants will experience the design thinking process by working on a hands-on challenge and reflecting on how design thinking can be used at their school. Together participants will engage the levers of design for school improvement.

Participants will explore topics of empathy building, idea development, rapid prototyping and storytelling and walk out with a understanding of design thinking and some concrete tools to take back to school.


  • Introduce and practice the design thinking process and mindsets.
  • Participants will understand the moves of the process and how it supports creativity.


  • Participate in a process that can be used to structure change and innovation initiatives in your school
  • Develop of innovation mindsets through observing, questioning, empathising and creative thinking.
  • Develop of leadership and problem solving skills through strong communication, collaboration, with a bias towards action.
  • Become familiar with skills and strategies to kickstart a culture of innovation in your school.
  • Learn tools that will give you a different perspective on how challenges can be tackled.
Cheryl Terry & Ben Sheridan - Leading and Sustaining Innovation in Schools:Moving from Pockets of Excellence to Systemic Change

Cheryl Terry & Ben Sheridan - Leading and Sustaining Innovation in Schools:Moving from Pockets of Excellence to Systemic Change

Leadership, change agents, curriculum coordinators, instructional coaches

All schools are looking to the future and what changes they must make to remain relevant to their students. Many schools look outwards for inspiration and knowledge, but often we must look inward to better understand our community’s strengths, needs and aspirations. We need to come together around a shared vision to help guide us forward. In order to be successful, we must operate nimbly, measure progress, and continually adjust to stay on track.

In schools, we need to empower our students, rather than fostering compliance. We need to create systems that encourage student agency and develop the skills that students will need to be successful in the future. We will explore protocols, ideas, and elements of systems thinking, and consider which models best fit your school community.

Using a shared vision as a guiding statement provides a compass, as well as a filter, to keep a community focused and moving forward as a whole. This reduces the risk of initiative fatigue or lack of direction which can lead to staff burnout and community disillusionment.

In this session, we will lead participants through protocols and exercises used by current thought leaders who work with schools on programmatic change. We will draw on the work of George Couros, Peter Senge, Justin Reich, Suzie Boss, Andy Hargreaves and Scott McLeod. We will also share case study examples of schools who are successfully navigating the change process. Our hope is that participants will leave with a toolbox of strategies and resources, in addition to a clearer sense of how to lead and sustain innovation in their educational setting.

To get the most from the exercises we will engage with, we encourage teams of educators to attend (though not mandatory).

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